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Match preview Vs Luton Town    FA Trophy 3rd rd

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Date: 04-02-12gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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UPDATE 06-02-12: Since this game was postponed on Saturday we now have news of who we'll face in the next round if we make it through this one.

In the draw made earlier today we were given the winners of either Gateshead or Alfreton Town.  Their game was also called off, along with the other ties, and will also be played tomorrow evening.  If we do make it through then the next game will be played on February 25th at Aggborough.

The game at Bath City pencilled in for that date will need to be re-arranged.


The Harriers are now reaching the tougher stages of the FA Trophy tomorrow, dependent on the weather, when we entertain high flying Luton Town in round three of the competition.  What kind of team Luton will send is open to conjecture with the fans openly not wanting to appear interested in the Trophy and their management looking interested but not too convincingly.

This will all change if they reach the final at Wembley (not if we have our way) and of course they'll be the biggest team ever to win it and it's what they wanted all along.

They won't be parading their latest signings, Craig McAllister and Andre Boucaud, at the game because they'll both be cup tied but they have promised to put out a strong team that'll contain a mix of first team players and up and coming youth members.  One that could feature is Dean Beckwith after he came back from injury during the week in a County Cup game at Bedford.

We had a few cup tied in our last round game against Droylsden and now we have two more to add to Tony Breeden and Lee Hendrie.  recent signing Anthony Malbon is also cup tied and Marvin Johnson, signed in the week from Romulus, will also be unable to play and Harriers fans will have to wait a bit longer for first sight of him.

Definitely missing through injury will be Tom Sharpe.  He was stretchered off at Stockport last Saturday with what could be a season ending injury.  He is undergoing scans at the moment but the prognosis isn't good and it looks like it could be the same as Danny Lewis' injury, a cruciate ligament strain.

We could see Lee Vaughan returning from injury just in the nick of time to take over the berth that Tom had been filling while he was out injured.  James Vincent is thought not to be ready to return just yet and neither is Jack Byrne while Callum Gittings got injured in training yesterday and could be a doubt.

With the team down to bare bones it's expected that most first teamers will get a game and the bench will be completed with the two youth team players, Paul Hurrell and Ash Checketts.  Luke Medley will not be recalled from his loan at Woking but will be released when he does return in a few days time.

It's obvious that this game will be a tougher proposition than the previous round but I feel that Luton will put out a weakened side and we could progress further and also gain our first ever win against them.

Teams:

Harriers from:
Lyness, L Vaughan, Mike Williams, Jones, Bradley, Demetriou, Checketts, Byrne, Briscoe, Storer, Vincent, Hankin, Guinan, N Wright, McQuilkin, Matt, Hurrell, Gittings, Marc Williams.

Luton Town from:
Tyler, K Pilkington, Kidd, Gleeson, Taylor, Keane, Beckwith, G Pilkington, Lawless, Morgan-Smith, Crow, Willmott, Blackett, Fleetwood, O'Connor, Howells, Asafu-Adjaye, Osano, Dance, Kissock, Henry, Carden, Lacey, Poku, O'Donnell, Watkins, Walker, Kovács, Tavernier, Ann, McAdams, Smith, Longden, Nash, Woolley.

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