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Match preview Vs FC Halifax Town

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Date: 24-09-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The Harriers will be desperately looking to recover from that terrible 3-0 drubbing at Dartford on Saturday and hopefully we can do so against a Halifax side that gained promotion last season but have yet to set the league on fire.  They're the height of inconsistency at the moment as they tend to win at home one game but lose at away games the next.

Chey Dunkley All five of their wins have come at home with just the one draw last Saturday at home to Hereford - they must have had an off day.  Away from home the defeats have ranged from heavy, Cambridge, to close, FGR, but their worst aspect is their disciplinary record of five red cards so far, in just ten games, that has been their real undoing.  Somehow they managed to get two sent off in the very first game of the campaign at Cambridge.

They should almost be at full strength for the game tomorrow evening with the exception of long term injury case Jon Worthington.  Also probably missing will be Keith Briggs.

He signed for Halifax at the start of the season after rumours that he was going to re-sign for his former club Stockport.  That seemed to have fallen through so he signed on at the Shay instead but has now apparently fallen out of favour with manager Neil Aspin and doesn't even attend away games any longer.  Surely a player of his experience would be ideal at a newly promoted club?

Before that game at Dartford on Saturday Chey Dunkley (above left) and Kyle Storer were both confirmed as being unfit to play.  We had also lost the services of Amari Morgan-Smith before the game and that left Steve Burr with a selection headache.  Jamie Grimes continued in his centre half rôle while Josh Gowling returned to the side after, missing out at Tamworth through injury, and slipped into the space vacated by Dunkley.

Jack Byrne covered for Storer while Joe Lolley and Nathan Blissett went onto the bench even though Lolley was supposed to be out injured.  Strangely when a sub was made towards the end of the Darts game it was the injured Iceman that came on instead of the fit Blissett.

With Storer and Dunkley expected to be out for at least three games then it looks likely that we'll go with the same starting team again tomorrow.

As to the result against Halifax then I think we'll be too strong for them and will also want to make up for that poor result at Dartford.  I'm going with a win for the boys in red.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Demetriou, Gowling, Tolley, Fowler, Jackman, Lolley, Angus, Dance, M Johnson, Malbon, Morgan-Smith, Gittings, Gash, Blissett.

FC Halifax from:
Glennon, Senior, Morgan, Toulson, McManus, Briggs, Pearson, Lowe, Smith, S Williams, A Johnson, Gardner, Gregory, Wilson, Roberts, McReady, Marshall, Holsgrove, Maynard, Carver, Ainge, Ball.

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Previous games against FC Halifax Town
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2007 - 08
1 - 0
6 - 1
2006 - 07
1 - 0
3 - 1
0 - 2
2005 - 06
0 - 1
0 - 0
2001 - 02
2 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
2 - 1
2 - 3
1997 - 98
0 - 2
1 - 2
1996 - 97
3 - 0
3 - 2
1995 - 96
6 - 1
2 - 0
1994 - 95
3 - 0
2 - 1
1993 - 94
2 - 1
0 - 1





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