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Match preview Vs Grimsby Town

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Date: 19-12-13gif Venue: Blundell Parkgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The Harriers face a tough looking game at Grimsby tonight in a televised game that had already been moved twice.  First from the Saturday to the Friday at Grimsby's behest and then it was moved again to tonight so that it could be shown live on BT Sport much to the annoyance of the fans.  I for one will be missing the game due to previous Christmas related events.

Marvin Johnson We have a decentish record up at Blundell Park and so could hope to be able to get some kind of result there but Harriers and TV don't seem to mix and we never seem to play all that well in front of the cameras.  We'll also be wanting to get the last two games out of the system to go into the Christmas period on a high.  Again that will have to be done without some important faces though.

Amari Morgan-Smith will miss out due to that controversial dismissal against Alfreton last Saturday.  He picked up a second yellow after being obstructed following his recovery from a foul by an Alfreton defender that went unpunished.  In the first half the same player had almost crippled him and, as any man would, they had words that resulted in a yellow card for both.

Callum Gittings is the other one to miss out after the 'five goals in five games' in form midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season.  At least we'll have Lee Vaughan back from his five yellows absence.

Danny Jackman covered for Lee on Saturday and although he coped OK I thought that he was caught out too far upfield at times and even though Lee also gets caught out doing that he seems to realise it and gets back quickly whereas Danny doesn't.  We only have injuries to Jack Byrne and Dior Angus and the only one of consequence, Byrne, could be out with a hamstring injury until well into the New Year.

Towns only injury concern is a long term one to striker Liam Hearn.  He will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a career threatening cruciate ligament injury after only just returning back from an achilles tendon rupture that had seen him miss the previous season.  His contract with Grimsby ends this season and it's unlikely he will be retained.

There's a familiar face for Harriers fans at Grimsby now.  Paul Bignot signed for them in the close season after being released from Blackpool following his signing for them from Newport County two seasons ago.  It never really took off for him on the Golden Mile and that also seems to be the case on the Cleethorpes golden mile too with Biggy rarely getting a look in although he did play in their FA Trophy win at Barnet on Saturday.

In last seasons games at Grimsby (yes there were two) we won both with the first game being that memorable FA Cup victory where Marvin Johnson (above) cheekily strolled the ball into the net for our fourth goal in the 4-2 win.  The second victory was the one that we raced into a 3-0 first half lead then held on for dear life to allow the hosts only one goal and us to come away with a jaw dropping 3-1 win.

We can only hope that we can repeat those two results tonight and wouldn't that make a fantastic Christmas present for Harriers fans?

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Dunkley, Demetriou, Brown, Gowling, Tolley, Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Lolley, Angus, Dance, Johnson, Malbon, Gash, Blissett.

Grimsby from:
Hedge, McKeown, Hatton, Thomas, Kerr, Pearson, Doig, Colbeck, Disley, Cook, Neilson, McDonald, John-Lewis, Bignot, Hannah, Thanoj, Southwell, Rodman, Walker, Winfarrah, McLaughlin, Humble, Charlesworth.

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