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Match preview Vs Forest Green Rovers

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Date: 08-04-14gif Venue: The New Lawngif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The Harriers will once again be hoping to pick up a long overdue away win when they travel the short distance to Forest Green Rovers tomorrow evening.  Those three points that could be coming our way would go a big, big way to thanking the fifty two intrepid walkers making their way there by following the banks of the Severn into Gloucestershire and then taking a sharp left somewhere around Frampton and then up into the hills around Stroud and the final destination at Nailsworth.

I'm sure that they'll receive a massive welcome as they walk into the stadium just before the game commences.  Follow their progress here: https://twitter.com/ForestGreenWalk and donate to a great cause here: http://www.justgiving.com/fgrwalkers.

Lee Hughes So to the game.  The Harriers will be going into the game on the back of a disappointing result at home to Grimsby on Saturday while FGR are equally as upset with their 2-0 defeat at play-off seeking Barnet on the same day.  Our 1-0 defeat again showed our shortcomings in front of goal and with their keeper only being troubled twice we never really looked like getting the goal back to give us at least a point.  Although we appear to have a strong strikeforce available to us, Gash, Malbon, Blissett, Morgan-Smith and Wright are all proven goalscorers but for some unknown reason they're not quite clicking at the minute.  You get the feeling that if we score one we'll go on to score more but that feeling seems distant at the moment.

We'll still be without Callum Gittings as he serves the final game of his two match ban for yellow cards.  Kyle Storer will be back for us following the red card he picked up at Salisbury two weeks ago and should come straight back into the side at the expense of Amari Bell.

Josh Gowling is still suffering with a pelvic injury but could be declared fit if needs be while Danny Jackman will definitely be out following the bad ankle injury he suffered at Salisbury.

FGR have failed to impress big time this season after being tipped as one of the favourites to gain promotion.  With the small fortune thrown at them by their millionaire owner they have continually been busy bringing strikers in but with, at the last count, eleven at various stages they have failed to win enough games.  They do have one proven striker in the ranks though and he'll be no stranger to any Harriers fan.

Lee Hughes (right) joined them at the start of the January transfer period this year and has been a regular scorer for them with seven goals in sixteen games.  It's well known that he started his career with the Harriers and many hoped that he would return to us one day to see out his twilight years but now at the age of thirty seven it looks like he'll be ending his career with them.  He's sure to get a big welcome from the Harriers fans tomorrow evening and I'm sure he'll be walking over to shake a few hands.

Forest Green will be without Aarran Racine, Marcus Kelly, Jamie Turley and Chris Stokes for the game while Dale Bennett may return from injury sooner than expected.

As in previous seasons games at the New Lawn have always been tight and tempestuous affairs and I don't see any reason why that should change tomorrow night.  Although we would love to get a long overdue away win I can't see it coming tomorrow night but I can see yet another drawn game.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Williams, Demetriou, Gowling, Storer, O'Keefe, Jackman, Byrne, Verma, Riis, Malbon, Bell, Morgan-Smith, Blissett, Cieslewicz, N Wright, Gash.

Forest Green Rovers from:
Russell, White, Hodgkiss, Bangura, Bennett, Norwood, Klukowski, D Wright, Vieira, Asafu-Adjaye, Taylor, Oshodi, Brogan, Oliver, Green, Barry, Rodgers, Jordan, Hughes.

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