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Match preview Vs Grimsby Town


Date: 05-04-14gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will be going into this crucial game at home to Grimsby tomorrow wondering if this run of drawn games will ever be broken.  If it is then we'll also be hoping for a win even though we're down to bare bones once more with two players suspended and two definitely injured.

Storer came back from suspension and injury at Salisbury last Saturday and as expected it didn't take him long to be facing yet another lay-off when he received a red card in injury time for handling on the line.  That penalty led to a fracas in which City's MacDonald both also received his marching orders for squaring up to Storer.  The ironic thing is that if that fat St Johns bloke had been a bit quicker to fetch a stretcher for the injured Danny Jackman then there wouldn't have been as much injury time awarded anyway and the penalty would never have happened.

Jackman had only been on the pitch for a little over five minutes when he went down badly in a challenge on the keeper.  Our final sub, Nick Wright, had just been made and we had no more subs to come on.

After treatment, and giving up waiting for the stretcher, Danny hobbled off but then came back on a few minutes later.  He could hardly, stand let alone walk, and left the field again a minute later to be half carried up the stairs to the treatment room.  Danny has now been diagnosed with a twisted ankle so may be out for quite a while.

Josh Gowling never made the game in the first place after suffering a stomach injury and he's still expected to be missing for the Grimsby game.  Mickey Demetriou deputised for him while Amari Bell came in at left back for his first start and did very well.  He looked like he had been there all season and Mickey D should be worried that he may not get his place back.

Chey Dunkley could be coming back early from his knee operation but I think only a fool would rush him back too soon while Adrian Cieslewicz should also be back by now considering the official site were trumpeting his return two weeks ago.  Callum Gittings is the only other player definitely missing after picking up his tenth booking of the season on Saturday.  He'll also miss out on the trip to Forest Green too.

Our visitors tomorrow, Grimsby, powered back into the play-offs on Tuesday evening with a fine win at Wrexham and that came on the back of a win on Saturday at troubled Hereford.  They had been dropping down the table in recent weeks and looked to be losing out on a play-off place but now they're up to third place they'll be a tough proposition.

The appear to be injury free and did have Craig Disley doubtful after he got injured at Wrexham but has now recovered enough to play against us.  Shaun Pearson was also injured last week but he has now been passed fit to return.

The only player definitely missing will be the former Harrier Paul Bignot.  He has an ankle injury but hasn't really featured much for them anyway after signing for them from Blackpool in the close season last year.

This is going to be a tough game, as they all are, and I don't think we're going to be good enough to beat Grimsby.  We're definitely not good enough for a play-off place at the moment whereas Grimsby are.


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

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

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Previous games against Grimsby Town
Harriers score first
2013 - 14
1 - 3
2012 - 13
0 - 0
3 - 1
4 - 2
2011 - 12
1 - 1
2 - 1
2010 - 11
3 - 2
3 - 3
2004 - 05
1 - 4
1 - 2

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