Our game at Wrexham will be kicking off late due to it being televised so we should already know the result of Mansfields' game at Braintree before we kick off. It goes without saying that Harriers fans will be hoping for a Braintree win and hopefully that could pan out with the Iron being pretty strong at home.
If Mansfield do win then that'll put them five points in front of the Harriers and they'll still have a game in hand. That game will be at Hereford next Tuesday and for once Harriers fans will be rooting for their 'friends' from the other county.
Wrexham have dropped off in form lately, since their FA Trophy win against Grimsby the other week, but they did win at home to Mansfield a few weeks ago and in doing so they did us a big favour. They then lost away at Woking before returning back to winning ways with a home win against Cambridge on Tuesday evening. They also dropped down to fourth place in the table last night following Newports home win against Macclesfield. A win that put their fellow Welshmen into third.
The Red Dragons could well be down on squad numbers for the game with the former Harriers defender Martin Riley out with a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi is also out long term with a ruptured achilles tendon while they could also be without Chris Westwood (calf), Dean Keates (foot), Stephen Wright (groin), Jay Harris (hip), Kevin Thornton (knee) and Adrian Cieslewicz (ankle).
With that many missing they had to bring a load of reserve players in for the midweek Cambridge game including Dele Adebola. He was rumoured to be joining us on loan from Rochdale but decided Wrexham was the better option. I think he made the right decision.
We will be without just two players. Jack Byrne is out long term still while now we have Danny Pilkington out for a while and he will more than likely miss the play-offs too with a hamstring injury picked up in the first half of our win at home against Lincoln last Saturday.
Keith Briggs, above right, was thought to have broken a bone in his hand in the same game but that has since been shown to be bad bruising and he'll be available. Nathan Blissett will also be in the squad once again after he returned early from his loan at Cambridge with the official reason being that he was needed as cover.
There should be quite a decent Harriers contingent at the Racecourse with five coaches going at the last count and many more making their own way there. Hopefully we'll better our 755 at Hereford on Boxing Day or the 751 that travelled down to Luton last season. Whoever many get there we'll need to roar the Harriers on to yet another win that'll be made even sweeter if we already know that Braintree have done the business.
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Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Grimes, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Storer, Vincent, Jackman, Briggs, Blissett, Guinan, Johnson, Pearson, Malbon, Gittings, Gash, Devaney, Jarvis, Rowe.
Maxwell, Gray, Coughlin, S Wright, Ashton, Alfei, Cieslewicz, Harris, D Wright, Ormerod, Morrell, Keates, Clarke, Ogleby, Hunt, Little, Walker, Rushton, Clowes, Colbeck, Reid, Westwood, Morton, Parle, Evans, Thornton, Adebola, Artell.
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