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Match preview Vs Salisbury City


Date: 29-03-14gif Venue: Raymond McEnhill Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers are off to Salisbury tomorrow in the hope of collecting their first away win since last October when they came away from Southport with a 2-1 win and a goal from Joe Lolley.  It was his hat trick at home to tomorrows opponents that signalled his goodbyes to the Aggborough faithful in his last home game for us before departing for Championship side Huddersfield Town and also the first game for new manager Andy Thorn who lasted just a few weeks more himself before also departing the club.

Marvin Johnson Those three goals for Joe was the last time we ever looked like scoring three times in a league game and that is still the case with our shot shy attack only managing to muster one decent attempt on goal at home to Southport last Saturday.  Thankfully Jack Byrne scored from it to 'earn' us a 1-1 draw and rob Southport of the deserved three points.

Gary Whild failed to bring in a striker before yesterdays loan deadline but we did have one player going out to another club.  Following the Southport game the news came out that Marvin Johnson (left) had asked to be loaned out and that went some way to explaining his absence from the side in the last two games, two games when his presence could have given us all three points instead of the two we eventually collected, Aldershot and Southport.

Yesterday Magic went out on loan to Hednesford Town for the remainder of the season and our best wishes go with because at the moment we have no one to really replace what he bought to the side on a match day.  With Adrian Cieslewicz possibly out injured for a while longer, Nick Wright not doing the business so far, Santiago Aloi out on loan, Amari Bell not getting a look in and Amari Morgan-Smith looking like a fish out of water we seem to be short of any wideman or anyone capable of undertaking that role.  That leaves us looking narrow down the middle with balls being hoofed over heads and no one to get behind the full backs and whip a smart ball in quickly.

We have always been a side that do that and after Thorn thought that was the way we should play, wrongly, it was hoped that under Whild we would revert back to the Steve Burr style of play but sadly that doesn't seem to be the case.

As already mentioned we'll be without Johnson and possibly Cieslewicz but hopefully Kyle Storer will be back for us following his extended absence due to bookings and injury.  Chey Dunkley is still out long term so that leaves us now looking a very thin side with just twenty players to call on with two, Ty Williams and Josh Riis, not likely to play for us this season due to their youth.

On Wednesday evening Salisbury played against second place Cambridge Utd and ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 drubbing.  Once one of the early season front runners, City are now slowly dropping down the table having not won now in six games with their last three points coming at Tamworth in mid February.

It's not known what injuries City have but they have recently bought in Charlie Sherringham on loan from AFC Wimbledon.  He's the son of the former Spurs and Fulham star Teddy Sherringham and City are hoping that he'll be scoring the goals that have gone missing from the side in recent months.  Dan Fitchett was an early pacemaker in the scoring charts but lately he has been out of favour for some reason and has only scored three goals since just before Christmas with two of those coming in that win at Tamworth.

There should be two familiar faces on show tomorrow with Glenn Wilson and Chris McPhee both now playing for City.

With Salisbury's poor form and lack of goals and our poor form and lack of goals there should only be one outcome to this game.  Yes, it has 0-0 written all over it so I'll go with a 2-0 win for us.

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

Salisbury City from:
Puddy, George, Bittner, Ruddick, Hart, Brett, Clarke, Wilson, McPhee, Wellard, White, Lewis, Frear, Kamdjo, R Sinclair, S Sinclair, Dutton, Feeney, Flint, Fitchett, MacDonald, Amankwaah, Sheringham.

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Previous games against Salisbury City
Harriers score first
2013 - 14
3 - 0
2009 - 10
0 - 1
0 - 1
2008 - 09
3 - 2
0 - 0
2007 - 08
1 - 2
1 - 0

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