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Match preview Vs Dartford FC


Date: 21-01-14gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The players have had a longer rest than expected following that exhausting win, both for players and fans alike, in the FA Cup at Peterborough last Tuesday when we booked ourselves a trip to Sunderland.  We should have played down at Aldershot, in the league, on Saturday but that game was called off early due to a waterlogged pitch although later in the day it had recovered enough to have been playable.  So now with a six day rest under their belts we now have to chance to get three points off a Dartford side that beat us 3-0 down in Kent early on in the season but have struggled near to the bottom of the table since.

Ryan Rowe Our visitors haven't won a game for three months now, the last at home to Hyde in October, and have only picked up one point since then, at home to Welling a week ago.  Their last game was at Salisbury on Saturday and they lost that one 1-0 without having a single shot on target.  In an effort to stop this alarming poor run the manager Tony Burman has entered the loan market and bought in three strikers from Luton Town: Alex Wall, Dave Martin and Jim Stevenson.  Earlier today he also bought in a winger from Newport County, Ben Swallow, so they'll obviously come to Aggborough looking for improvement.

They'll be without two players due to suspension.  Striker Lee Noble sits out his last game of four after getting his marching orders at Alfreton before Christmas while Danny Harris got sent off for two yellows at Salisbury.  They also have two players out injured with Kenny Clark missing for a couple of games now with a groin strain while Ryan Hayes has been out for quite a while now.

As for ourselves we'll need to put all thought of Sunderland out of mind if we hope to get all three points and move back into the play-off places tomorrow evening.

We'll be without Callum Gittings still but he's back in light training now so could be available on Saturday.  New signing Adrian Cieslewicz could make his debut for us in place of the now departed Joe Lolley but we're still awaiting international clearance before Santiago Aloi can play but that might have come through by tomorrow.

Ryan Rowe, (left), is also back with us, and available to play, following his half season loan at Stourbridge.  Now that Steve Burr has gone he'll be hoping to make some kind of positive impression on the new Harriers manager and get in amongst the goals once more.

It's going to be a cold night tomorrow evening so wrap up warm and cheer the lads to another three points.  I think they'll be coming our way to set us up nicely for the Stadium of Light.

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Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Dyer, Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Angus, Byrne, Johnson, Malbon, Morgan-Smith, Cieslewicz, Rowe, Aloi, Gash.

Dartford from:
Julian, Ibrahim, Wellham, Hill, Sterling, Cornhill, Prior, Bradbrook, Mitchel-King, Collier, Martin, Ibemere, Burns, Porter, Akinwande, Monger, Vint, Woodyard, Eisa, Scantlebury, Kamara, McAuley, Pugh, Wall, Swallow.

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Previous games against Dartford FC
Harriers score first
2013 - 14
0 - 3
2012 - 13
5 - 1
1 - 0

For earlier results against Dartford FC look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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