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Match preview Vs Hyde FC

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Date: 18-04-14gif Venue: Ewen Fieldsgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Nathan Blissett The Harriers go up to South West Manchester this afternoon for the first game in a week of crucial games for the club and the fans.  We need to win all three remaining games if we have any hopes of completing our belated surge back into the play off places.  On Monday we face a Nuneaton side now out of the equation following their poor recent form that has seen them drop out of contention while in the final game next Saturday we are at a Halifax side that have forced themselves into third place in recent weeks after looking like outsiders most of the season.

Firstly, today, we have Hyde to play in a game that unusually for us is being played on a weekday afternoon.  Not because Hyde have no floodlights but because these Northern cities have Good Friday off.

With Hyde already relegated from the Conference it should, on paper, be an easy three points for us but things are never as easy as you think they're going to be and it could end up being the toughest game of the three.  After all Hyde can now relax and can at least give us a game although some might say they've been relaxed all season anyway.

Following our, somewhat, surprising win at home to second placed Cambridge the other night we should be well up for this and add onto that the win at home to Welling last Saturday then we must now be one of the form sides at the moment.  Just one defeat in the last ten games have bought this form about but the shame is that we have drawn five of those ten but at least three of those games could have produced three points and we wouldn't be in this situation now.  We would already be in fifth place.

We should have Kyle Storer back for the game although he might start from the bench due to the reticence of changing a winning format.  Callum Gittings and Nathan Blissett (left) both started the game on Tuesday but Gittings seemed to have taken a knock so may not be available to us but Blissett had a stormer of a game so he will probably get another chance to prove himself.

Josh Gowling is supposedly nearing fitness at last but might not be risked too soon with the back four playing so well at the moment.  Danny Jackman remains a long term injury victim.

The big question should be will we ever see Anthony Malbon in a Harriers shirt again?  He has failed to make the bench in the last two games and rumours are strong that he has had a falling out with the management team and banned from the club.  No one seems to know the truth though so it's just hearsay.

There's no news on the injury front from Hyde so I can't give you any.  They must all be in bed under their eiderdown.

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Teams:

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

Hyde FC from:
Frith, Kettings, Brizell, Haining, Tomsett, Poole, Brown, Hughes, Thurston, Barrett, Thornton, Fitzgerald, Clark, McNiven, Blakeman, Dennis, Pollard, McQuade, Whincop, Kiwanda, Walker, Manship, Day, Kirby, Lazenbury.

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