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Match preview Vs Barrow

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Date: 05-01-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will need to get back into winning ways once more following the narrow New Years day defeat at home to local rivals Hereford Utd.  Two penalties decided the outcome of the game when Utd scored their dubiously awarded decision while Kyle Storer saw his saved by an in form James Bittner.

Jamille Matt The loss was our first reversal in eight games and now we need to get back onto a similar run.

Storer could be missing for this game against bottom club Barrow following his second half substitution on Tuesday when he came off with a gash on his knee that needed stitches.  He'll get a late exam before the game to see if the stitches will hold but we have both Sean Clancy and Callum Gittings capable of doing the job in midfield.

The other two short term injured, Danny Pilkington and Marvin Johnson are not quite ready to return just yet but Johnson is the closest to coming back.  Jack Byrne is still some way off returning from his Achilles injury though.

One player who should be with us tomorrow is Jamille Matt (left).  He has finally signed a long overdue contract extension that will take him up to the end of the 2013-14 season.  There is the chance that he will be tempted to sign for another club but at least we should get more than £7,000 for him.  We now have the future of Josh Gowling to sort out and that could be a tougher ask because Josh will naturally want to earn a better wage elsewhere at the stage his career is at.

Barrow come to us on the back of their first away win since the start of October when the won at home to Southport.  On Tuesday they went to Gateshead and grabbed a first minute goal through former Harriers loanee Adam Boyes and then parked the bus Herefordlike and soaked up everything that Gateshead threw at them.

We could well be facing the same scenario ourselves at Aggborough but we'll have to show a little more nous than we showed against the Bulls if we aim to break down their resolute defence.  To improve that defence further they have bought in Danny O'Donnell from Stockport County following his release from Edgeley Park yesterday.

Leaving on the same day was Louis Almond as his loan (again) from Blackpool came to and end once more.

In the corresponding game at Barrow in September we returned with a share of the points when Danny Pilkington scored his first goal for us early doors.  We let the host back in towards the end of the game though but it was that game that was to end our opening run of five straight defeats and start a new run of five straight draws.

We don't want another draw tomorrow, or a defeat come to that.  We want a win.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Dunkley, Smith, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Storer, Vincent, Briggs, Guinan, Malbon, Matt, Clancy, Gittings, R Rowe, Blissett.

Barrow from:
Hurst, S Pearson Flynn, Skelton, Hessey, Pearson, Owen, Rutherford, Baker, Boyes, D Rowe, Jackson, Harvey, Hunter, Anderson, Byrne, McConville, O'Donnell.

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