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Match preview Vs Tamworth


Date: 16-03-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Lee Hendrie The Harriers come up against one of the teams closest to them, distance wise, tomorrow when Tamworth arrive at Aggborough.  At the start of last December we travelled over to the Lamb expecting our usual draw but for the first time in over thirty years we managed to get a long overdue win.

For eighty nine minutes it looked likely that the game would be ending goal less until substitute Ryan Rowe popped up to get on the end of a Ricky Shakes cross to put the ball into the back of the net beyond the reach of the keeper.  We had to hang on for a further seven minutes of injury time following an earlier serious injury to the Tamworth player, Scott Barrow, but hold on we did for the points that took us up to the edge of the play off places.

While we hope to be heading for the Football League Tamworth continue to enjoy another season of mid-table nothingness in fifteenth place.  They pick up enough wins to keep themselves out of the relegation places with their most recent wins coming at Stockport in mid February and at home the following week to Hyde.

The team is comprised of a strong smattering of former Harriers players with the most notable being Tom Marshall and Lee Hendrie (left).  Also there are Tony Breeden, Lloyd Kerry, Michael Wylde, Tommy Wright and Duane Courtney.  Not all of these will be stepping out at Aggborough due to injury and being out of favour but I fully expect to see Tony Breeden between the sticks for them with Marshall and Courtney on defensive duties.

We'll be without Kyle Storer (now on a longer contract with us) for this game, and also for the game at Newport on Tuesday, after he picked up his tenth yellow card of the season at Grimsby last weekend.  The result there, 3-1 to the Harriers, was a big boost to the team and they'll be wanting that win to be the benchmark for the remainder of the season.

We should be able to put out a full squad with only Jack Byrne still out injured.  Keith Briggs might fill the vacant space left by Storer but we have plenty of others who could fill in there but it's more likely to be handed to Danny Jackman.  Michael Gash will almost certainly get the nod over Greg Pearson up front alongside leading scorer Anthony Malbon.

Just a word of warning.  Kyle Perry plays for Tamworth now so if he gets to play expect more diving than Tom Daley and the possibility of a penalty going Tamworths way.

We should still win though.

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Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Vincent, Jackman, Briggs, Pilkington, Guinan, Johnson, Pearson, Malbon, Gittings, Gash, Devaney, Jarvis, Rowe.

Tamworth from:
Wren, Breeden, Tait, Kelly, Wylde, Regan, Marshall, Cunnington, L Hendrie, Wright, Byfield, Kerry, Courtney, Hessenthaler, Gudger, Till, Barrow, Healy, Wilcock, Lloyd, S Hendrie, Thorpe, Richards-Everton, Oji, Perry.

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Previous games against Tamworth
Harriers score first
2012 - 13
1 - 0
2011 - 12
2 - 0
0 - 0
2010 - 11
2 - 2
2 - 2
2009 - 10
0 - 0
1 - 2
2006 - 07
0 - 2
0 - 0
2005 - 06
0 - 1
1 - 1

For earlier results against Tamworth look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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