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Match preview Vs AFC Telford Utd


Date: 17-11-12gif Venue: The New Bucks Head Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Yesterday afternoon came the brilliant news that we had all been waiting for.  Jamille Matt (below right) had finally gained clearance to play for the Harriers again, from the UK Border Agency, after nine long months of waiting.

Jamma last played for the club in our 2-1 win on February 25th at Bath City.  He was due to play in a non League International game during the following week but got pulled from the game with injury cited as the reason.  For two weeks following Harriers fans were left wondering what had actually been going on when he also failed to be seen anywhere for the two home games against Barrow and Fleetwood.  Both games that we lost.

Jamille Matt It was only when rumours started to percolate about an immigration problem that the truth came out and we had to live life without our star striker for the remainder of the season.  By the start of this season it had been hoped that Jamilles case would have been looked at and he'd have been given the ok to play for us again but then came another bombshell.

Jamma had been reported to be in talks with Sheffield Utd and had already been involved in a training game with the Blades.  Things started to hit the proverbial fan and Jamma quickly back pedaled saying it had all been a mistake and he had only been in Sheffield to support a mate.  He had taken his boots with him though?

Obviously there was an agent lurking in the background somewhere and had offered Sheffield Utd the youngsters services without coming clean about his clients circumstances.

The Harriers have stood by the lad all through this and he's spent his spare time training with the team and being present on matchdays.  Now he needs to repay that faith and stick by the club that stuck by him starting, hopefully, at Telford tomorrow or the following week at Alfreton in the FA Trophy the following weekend.  His last goal for us came at Alfreton in January so that could be an exquisite reason to make his comeback.

Jammas return could be the big bonus we need for the short trip to Wellington because we need all the help we can get at the moment.  Last week saw us having to endure the arse end of non league football when we somehow managed to steal three points from Nuneaton Town with a late, late Josh Gowling goal after a total lack of creativity and guile for the previous eighty eight minutes of boredom.

We surely can't play any worse than that even though we were playing like relegation fodder.

Michael Briscoe Keith Briggs should be available for us after he missed that game through a mouth abscess as should Nathan Vaughan who was withdrawn late on after suffering a reaction to a leg injury during the pre-match warm up.  Then again Danny Lewis played well enough to retain his place so that could be a surprise move by Steve Burr.

Telford have been having a similar season to us so far with loads of draws.  That's mainly down to a lack of goals although they did put four past Dartford recently.  Tomorrow, and for the following two games, they'll be with their leading scorer after he, Steve Jones, got himself dismissed at Tamworth last weekend for violent conduct.

Also missing will be wideman Luke Hubbins now that he's accumulated five yellow cards.  Telford do have an awful disciplinary record this season with twenty eight yellow and seven red cards being dished out this season already.

They do have a former Harrier playing for them but Michael Briscoe (left) appears to be out of favour and has only made three appearances for the club so far following his signing for them during the close season.  They have already sent Chris Blackburn and Jake Reid out on loan, to Chorley and Redditch respectively, so Briscoe may also be going out on loan too.

In the corresponding game last season we played well enough to win but ended up on the losing end of a 2-1 defeat.  Our goal was an Anthony Malbon cracker in answer to Telfords opener from Phil Trainer.  He had powered home a header in just the second minute but the Harriers came back strongly in the second half to draw the game level.  A dodgy goal finally did for us when a Telford shot was deflected into the goal by an unaware Blackburn.

Tomorrow we'll need to reverse that scoreline at the very least.  A couple of comeback pearlers from Jamille Matt would go down really well.

Photo © KHFC


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

AFC Telford Utd from:
Young, Collister, Salmon, Valentine, Preston, Davies, Rooney, Trainer, Sharp, Smith, Briscoe, St Aimie, Spray, Leslie, Taylor, Brown, Rose, Roberts, Byfield, Chilvers.

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Previous games against AFC Telford Utd
Harriers score first
2011 - 12
2 - 2
1 - 2

For earlier results against AFC Telford Utd look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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