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Match preview Vs York City

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Date: 24-01-12gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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Fifty six loyal Harriers fans travelled to York just prior to Christmas and at least five times that many watched the Reds beat the home side live on the TV's at Aggborough in one of the most consummate Harriers displays in many a season.  We surged into a 3-1 lead by the break with a display of awesome power that left City, and their fans, in a state of disbelief and then in the second half held off the expected comeback to restrict them to just one more goal and defeat.

Anthony Malbon A few weeks later we meet up once more and this time there are no cameras around and we're on home turf to, hopefully, do it all again.

On Saturday we left it late, very late, to grab all three points at the death off a tough Alfreton side.  New signing Anthony Malbon (right) scored first with the ninety minutes a fading memory and then to top the celebrations off Jamille Matt sealed the win with that ninety minutes now a distant memory.  Alfreton must have felt gutted?

We'll now be hoping for more of the same tomorrow but a bit earlier this time please lads.  It's hard to say whether Malbon will start the game at the expense of either Lee Hendrie or Nick Wright or if he'll be used as a super sub to come on second half and chase the game down for us.

A few of the side were missing on Saturday - Lee Vaughan, James Vincent, Jack Byrne, Dave Hankin and Marc Williams all sat in the stands either injured or resting.  Of those only Jack Byrne will miss out with injury.

City will be without their leading scorer with Jason Walker still out injured with a torn groin.  He missed out on our previous encounter with the same injury and is still some way off fitness.

Catching Walker up quickly in the scoring stakes is the former Harrier Matty Blair.  He scored the first goal against us in the televised game and in recent weeks has banged in twelve goals in his last ten games and will undoubtably be looking for more on his old stomping ground so it's down to our defence to be on their toes and keep his threat to a minimum.

City could be without David McGurk and Lanre Oyebanjo as well as Walker but with both coming back from injury they could get picked.  One player definitely missing will be Scott Brown who got himself sent off on Saturday in City's 3-2 win at home to Ebbsfleet after going in two footed on Nathan Pinney.

So, to tomorrow night then.  Will we get off to another cracking start and leave City rocking on their heels 3-1 down or will we follow our usual pattern of below slightly off target passing and defensive lapses but then, in the final minutes of the game, suddenly wake up and like whirling dervishes batter City into submission with two late goals to wipe out the slender lead created from a solitary Blair goal in that below par first half.

For our own sanity and enjoyment I'd prefer to see a repeat of our best performance of the season again.

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Teams:

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

York City from:
Musselwhite, Ingham, Oyebanjo, Meredith, Smith, Mcgurk, Parslow, Reed, Kerr, Chambers, Pilkington, Potts, Boucaud, Fyfield, Blair, Moke, Challinor, Blinkhorn, McLaughlin, Ashikodi Striker

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