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Match preview Vs Bradford (Park Avenue)    FA Cup 4th qual rd


Date: 27-10-13gif Venue: Horsfall Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers start the march to Wembley in search of FA Cup dreams, or something like, this Sunday at the Horsfall Stadium, an athletics venue that is the home of Bradford (Park Avenue).  Hereon in to be referred to as Bradford.

Traditionally the city's second side, going back a hundred years or so, they went out of business some forty odd years ago and ended up reforming as a Sunday league team.  Later it was decided to reform the club semi-professionally and try their luck again.  That seems to have been an inspirational notion and now the club are on the penultimate rung of the non league ladder and could well find themselves in the Conference Premier next season.

At the time of writing they sit in eighth place in the Skrill Northern Division, handily placed for an assault on the top places.  Unbeaten in twelve games, with their last defeat coming at home to North Ferriby Utd in August, they must already be amongst the favourites.

It's because of that reason we should not be taking our opponents too lightly.

We'll be without Chey Dunkley and Mickey Demetriou once again although Chey is now back in training but will not be ready in time for any Cup exploits.  Mickey D has had the plaster removed from his wrist and will now face a few weeks physio on it.  Yes, he'll be exercising his wrist

Nathan Blissett will also miss out on the game after being subbed early doors against Lincoln City last Saturday.  His knee injury will keep him out of contention for a few weeks but luckily for us Michael Gash was on the bench following injury and came on for Nathan to crown his comeback with a sweetly struck free kick to open the scoring just before half time.

James Dance will be serving the final installment of his three match ban so, if needed, will be available for any possible replay.

Bradford, who strengthened their midfield after they bought in Simon Lineghan from Leeds Utd on loan yesterday, don't seem to have many standout players, to us, with maybe the only one being Adam Quinn.  He was with Alfreton last season and previous to that was playing for Darlington, Crawley and Barrow.

They do have a lad named Cheb Chilaka that can score goals but to be honest they're an unknown quantity to us and all we can hope for is that we don't under estimate them too much but to do enough to either win the game or bring them back to Aggborough for a replay.

The draw for the next, 1st, round will be made before our game kicks off - ITV1 at 1.35pm - and so we will know who we could be playing in a few weeks time but before that we need to make sure we get through this round first.


Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Gowling, Tolley, Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Lolley, Angus, Byrne, Johnson, Malbon, Morgan-Smith, Gittings, Gash.

Bradford PA from:
Lamb, McMurray, Drury, Clayton, Price, Quinn, Knowles, Hume, Maxfield, St Juste, Hotte, Deacey, Daly, Lenighan, Mallory, Clamp, Howarth, Boshell, Chilaka, Marshall, Davidson, Walker, Corner.

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