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Match preview Vs Mansfield Town

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Date: 24-09-11gif Venue: Field Millgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Tommy Wright The Harriers will have a new face in the side for the trip to Mansfield tomorrow following the club agreeing non-contract terms with the former Leicester City and Darlington striker Tommy Wright (left) yesterday.  Without a club since he left Darlington at the end of August he trialled with us against Crewe the other week and now, with Steve Guinan out for three games following his red card at Fleetwood on Tuesday, Steve Burr has signed him up for the indefinite future with possibly a view to a permanent contract.

In addition to the two clubs named above he's also played for Walsall, Blackpool, Brentford, Grimsby, Barnsley and Aberdeen during his career but has never been a really prolific goal scorer.  Let's hope that changes with us.

As already touched upon we lost at Fleetwood in what was our worst defeat since Stevenage hammered us 5-1 at home in the FA Trophy in March 2010.  We could easily have got a result on Tuesday but Guinans stupidity cost us dear and dropped us down to eighth place in the League but amazingly still only three points behind the top four clubs.  At the moment the table is wide open and it only takes one club to slip up for it all to change round.

Apart from Guinan we have no real worries on the injury front although Callum Gittings and Luke Medley have been strangely absent lately.  Gittings had a slight groin strain a couple of games ago and Medley is supposed to be fit but has failed to make it to the bench for the last two outings.  Medley, in particular, will want to be back to face his former team mates.

After a poor start to the season, when they drew three out of their first four games, Mansfield then went on to win five in a row and send them shooting up the table.  That run came to and end this week with the 1-1 draw at home to AFC Telford but they sit in fifth place still.

Their only confirmed absentees for Saturday are Lee Stevenson (fractured foot), who is to undergo an X-ray this week in order to get the green light to resume training, John Thompson (face), who has now returned to light training and Rhys Day (calf).  Tom Naylor could appear against us having completed trials at both Derby and Fulham.  Mansfield expect him to be leaving them within the coming week.

We'll be up against two former players with Martin Riley now playing for them along with Adam Murray.  He's been there quite a while now though.

Last season we won this corresponding fixture 2-1 with goals from the now departed Chris McPhee and Keith Briggs.  Will we repeat this and who will be on the scoresheet this time?

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, Lyness, Vaughan, Mike Williams, Sharpe, Jones, Demetriou, Byrne, Phelan, M Briscoe, Marshall, Storer, Vincent, Hankin, N Wright, T Wright, Matt, Gittings, Marc Williams, Medley.

Mansfield from:
Redmond, Marriott, Naylor, Kendrick, Worthington, Riley, L Briscoe, Connor, Green, Murray, Bolland, Dyer, O'Neill, Sutton, Smith, Todd, Howell, Meikle, Futcher, Mitchley.

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