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Match preview Vs Wrexham

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Date: 28-04-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 13:30hrs

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The Harriers have it all to do tomorrow following the 1st leg defeat at Wrexham on Tuesday evening.  A poor first half showing saw us going into the break a goal down but a much brighter second period got us a penalty to put us back on level terms until Wrexham finally broke our hearts with a penalty of their own six minutes from time.

We're only halfway through this marathon and it's important not to treat it as a sprint so I expect us to start the game cautiously but still be in full control.  We need to break Wrexham down because it's 99.9% certain that they'll be putting ten men behind the ball to try and hold on to their narrow lead.

Because we need two clear goals to go through to the final at Wembley next Sunday our young strike force will have to be sharp and on fire.  That sharpness we normally see from them was missing at The Racecourse with Michael Gash again the culprit.  We know that he can be a bit laid back at times but he does need to get in mix a bit more than he tends to.  Luckily we have Anthony Malbon that can do that so maybe Gash realises that and feels that he can feed on the scraps.

We'll be without James Vincent tomorrow after he went off in the first half with a hamstring injury with Keith Briggs taking his place.  It's also very doubtful if he'll make the cut for a possible Wembley appearance too.

Martin Devaney could get a starting place following his impressive showing when he came on for, a below par, Marvin Johnson but Steve Burr might feel that he's better as an impact sub and bring him on with thirty minutes to go.

It's not known if Wrexham have any more injuries to confuse us with.  Their tiny squad of thirty eight has been down to barebones ever since they realised they couldn't win the title anymore but now they're in the play offs a miracle happened in Welsh Land and, like Lazarus, nine of them rose from their sick beds and struggled onto the pitch.  They didn't look all that poorly to me!

They may have won the first leg but they didn't impress me too much.  They looked solid enough in defence but should be easily exposed by a better performance from Malbon and Gash.  Up front they had little to offer from their three main strikers, Brett Ormerod, Andy Morrell and Dele Adebola.  All three having a combined age of 109 years but with minimum use of their experience.

It's going to be a tough task to get those two goals against a solid Wrexham but I think we'll do it and then we can book our tickets for Wembley.

Teams:

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

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

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