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Match preview Vs Grimsby Town

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Date: 15-09-12gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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It's going to be a BIG FLAG day against Grimsby Town tomorrow but I think that most Harriers fans would rather it be a BIG WIN day instead.  We came close last week until two stupid mistakes gifted Southport a point and almost all three so now we need to go a step further and cut these pathetic mistakes out and grab that long overdue win.

Our first goal came early in the game from the now injured Kyle Storer and it looked to have set us up nicely but then, after a total of sixteen on target shots and fourteen corners, a defensive mix up twixt defenders and keeper allowed the Southport striker to nip in and score into an empty net and then just minutes later Nathan Vaughan up-ended Shaun Whalley in the area and allowed the visitors to take an un-deserved lead from the spot.

Thankfully Anthony Malbon came on and saved our skins with a last gasp equaliser to give us our third draw in a row.

As mentioned Kyle Storer got injured and will be out for at least six weeks with a cartilage injury that required surgery earlier in the week.  Jack Byrne remains a long term injury but light has started to appear for Tom Sharpe with the news that he played a part in a 'behind closed doors' game at Cheltenham in the week, a game that the Harriers won 2-1.  Tom still has some way to go before a full return though so his target must remain at least two months away.

Ricky Shakes and James Vincent are both back from international duty and both should be available to Steve Burr while both Callum Gittings and Keith Briggs should return from minor knocks.

Grimsby are sitting in just about the position we should have been at if it wasn't for this awful start to our season.  Seventh place would suit us fine.

They've got there by virtue of their last four games that has seen them win at home to Mansfield and FGR and in-between a win at Hereford Utd.  A draw at Barrow spoilt the run a bit but it's the kind of run we can only dream of.

They'll be without Liam Hearn with an Achilles injury while fellow striker, once almost a Harrier, Greg Pearson has missed the last two games with a groin strain.  Simon Ford had to have stitches in a head wound after a clash of heads during a training game in the week while Andi Thanoj received a knock to the ankle.

Another ankle injury put paid to Andy Cook against FGR and he should be ok but if not then Town will have just two fit strikers.  Anthony Elding and rookie Dayle Southwell.

So we need to win this game then.  There's no doubt about that and it's up to us to spur the team on with plenty of flag waving, scarf twirling, balloon launching and noise raising.  It's up to that team to deliver the goods and send the fans home three points happier.

BIG FLAG Day


Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Dunkley, Austin, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Panther, Vincent, Briggs, Pilkington, Guinan, Johnson, Malbon, Peniket, Gittings, Rowe, Blissett.

Grimsby Town from:
Fleming, McKeown, Croudson, Hatton, Thomas, Niven, S Pearson, Miller, Ford, Wood, Pond, Colbeck, Disley, Artus, Soares, Thanoj, Elding, Cook, G Pearson, Southwell.

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