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Match preview Vs Wrexham  Play offs 1st leg


Date: 23-04-13gif Venue: Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadiumgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The Harriers step into 'where no Harriers team has ever trodden before' when we compete in the play offs for the first time ever tomorrow.  A brilliantly heart stopping season has seen us become one of the most feared sides in football.  A team that all the other play off contenders wanted to avoid.

Someone had to come up against us and as luck (or maybe not) would have it we have drawn the weakest team possible.  Although Wrexham have qualified that was on their early to mid season results and not the more recent ones, including a home defeat to us a week and a bit ago.

Michael Gash The Dragons have only won three games from their last eleven and sit below halfway in the current form table.  If you counted just the away games then they would only just have avoided relegation.  All of this means zilch on the day though and even with their recent poor results, and a heaving first aid room, they'll still be giving us a tough game and will not be intending to make it easy for us.

Tomorrows game at the Racecourse is, of course, the first leg with the second leg to follow at Aggborough next Sunday.  We need to come back home from Wales with a draw minimum and not give them too much of an advantage in the return.

We should, more or less, be at full strength and hopeful of including Danny Pilkington in the squad.  Wrexham, on the other hand, will be hoping to get as many faces back off the injury list as possible.

On Saturday, in their defeat at Champions elect Mansfield, they again were forced to field a weakened team but with one major difference.  The former Harriers hero Mark Creighton finally made his comeback from injury and it goes without saying that probably every true Harriers supporter was pleased as punch to see him back even though we also knew that we could be up against him tomorrow.

Obviously we don't want Creights to play too well but the man is sure to get a great welcome from the Harriers fans.

Definitely out injured for them will be Danny Wright (dislocated shoulder), Jos Mayebi (achilles), Chris Westwood (calf), Kevin Thornton(knee) and Danny Alfei while former Harriers Martin Riley and Dean Keates along with Jay Harris and Joe Clarke are all doubtful.  Dave Artell got sent off in the closing minutes at Mansfield and he'll serve a three match ban with no chance of winning the appeal that Wrexham are seeking.

It was a tough game the other week against a, so called, weakened Wrexham side but Michael Gashs', pictured, superbly taken goal got us the victory we deserved.  We can only hope that he can pull off a similar treat tomorrow and give the Harriers a major advantage to take into the second leg.

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

Wrexham from:
Maxwell, Gray, Coughlin, S Wright, Ashton, Creighton, Cieslewicz, Harris, Ormerod, Morrell, Keates, Clarke, Ogleby, Hunt, Little, Walker, Rushton, Clowes, Colbeck, Reid, Morton, Parle, Evans, Adebola.

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Previous games against Wrexham
Harriers score first
2012 - 13
2 - 0
2 - 1
2011 - 12
0 - 1
0 - 2
2010 - 11
1 - 0
0 - 2
2 - 2
2009 - 10
2 - 0
2 - 2
2008 - 09
1 - 0
1 - 0
2002 - 03
0 - 2
2 - 0
1987 - 88
1 - 2
2 - 3
1985 - 86
1 - 2
1 - 1

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