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Match preview Vs Aldershot Town


Date: 18-03-14gif Venue: Recreation Groundgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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We're off to Aldershot tomorrow evening for this re-arranged game that was supposed to have been played exactly two months ago in January but became one of the many games throughout the country that became victims of the terrible floods that the South was going through at the time.  Now that the good weather is back it's time to add three more points to our target of making the play-offs.

Following our narrow win over both Macclesfield and Barnet last week then we now need to build on that by improving our passing and also making sure that we turn out for both halves of the game and not just the one as we did in the first half against Macclesfield and the second half against Barnet.  That better showing on Saturday was down to the substitution of Josh O'Keefe for Jack Byrne and that seemed to instill a belief in the team and also bought back memories of when we were good.  Gary Whild is slowly but surely getting there.

Both Byrne and Michael Gash returned from injury on Saturday and it was Gash's goal that became the difference between the two evenly matched sides.  It was a shame we didn't crack on when the Bees keeper was sent off and they went down to ten men but at least the points were in the bag.

On the same day Aldershot were entertaining play-off contenders Nuneaton and at halftime were 2-0 down but goals from Josh Scott and Martin Rowlands earned them a point in their efforts to stay in the Conference.  That point wasn't enough to move them higher than their fourth from bottom place though.

They'll be without Joe Partington and Tristan Plummer, both with knee ligament injuries, for the remainder of the season while Matt Paterson has been sent out on loan to Havant & Waterlooville after just returning from injury.

We have just the two injuries in our squad now.  Chey Dunkley is awaiting a knee operation and with Jamie Grimes filling in so well for him there is no real need to risk playing him.  The only other injury doubt is Adrian Cieslewicz with bad bruising but when I saw him on Saturday going into the Aggborough stores for some crisps he wasn't limping at all so he might be in contention for the bench at least.

We should also have Kyle Storer back for us following his two game ban and also Nathan Blissett is now back in the fold following his loan spell at Hednesford.  There are also strong rumours going round: denied by the club of course, that Aman Verma has returned to us following his seventy minute appearance at Newport County in 2010.  No doubt we'll be finding out the truth tomorrow.


Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, T Williams, Demetriou, Gowling, Storer, O'Keefe, Jackman, Verma, Byrne, Johnson, Riis, Malbon, Bell, Morgan-Smith, Blissett, Cieslewicz, Wright, Rowe, Gittings, Gash.

Aldershot from:
Morris, L Williams, Martin, Oastler, Tonkin, Stanley, Taiwo, Webster, Mekki, Rowlands, B Williams, Roberts, Barker, Scott, Webbe, Molesley, Douglas, L Williams, Butler, Gibbs, Grosvenor, Bubb, Stojsavljevic.

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Previous games against Aldershot Town
Harriers score first
2013 - 14
0 - 0
2007 - 08
1 - 2
1 - 2
2006 - 07
0 - 0
2 - 4
2005 - 06
1 - 4
0 - 1

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