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Match preview Vs Sutton Utd    FA Cup 1st rd


Date: 09-11-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Following that less than inspiring last round of the FA Cup (sponsored by some American fizzy drink) against Bradford PA we'll be hoping to get the job done first time of asking this time out.  Tomorrow Sutton Utd arrive at Aggborough hoping that they'll be party poopers.

In the last round they also took two attempts to get past their opponents, Hemel Hempstead Town.  A 3-3 draw at Hemel took them back to Gander Green Lane a few days later and they finished them off 2-0.  That final score came through as we were half way through the second half of our replay and struggling to score against a resilient Bradford.  Luckily three and a half hours later, just as the clocks were striking two in the morning, we had finally got the game won thanks to goals from Amari Morgan-Smith and Marvin Johnson.

Chey Dunkley We'll be without Mickey Demetriou for tomorrows game after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Barnet last weekend.  My records show just four cards though and so do all the other official sites.  It's a bit tough on the lad seeing as he only came back from long term injury two games ago.

There is a bit of good news for Mickey though after he was called up for the England C squad again and this time he'll be joined by Joe Lolley who could win his first cap against the Czech Republic Under 21's when they play at Woking on November 19th.  Strange kick off time of 6.00pm for this game which could explain the free admission.

Also missing will be Dior Angus after he was sent out on loan to Worcester City yesterday.  At least he can claim his usual seat in the dressing room seeing City play their home games at Aggborough.

Hopefully coming back for us could be Chey Dunkley (left) following his injury picked up at Tamworth on September 17th.  Mickeys absence could force Steve Burrs hand in bringing Chey back to allow Jamie Grimes to drop into the back line rather than risk Danny Jackman there again following his nightmare against Bradford.

Sutton come here hopeful of a win after seeing off Hemel and also of their last visit to us in the FA Cup (not sponsored by Yanks back then) in 1995.  That year they held us to a 2-2 draw at Aggborough before winning the replay 3-2 on penalties.

Our last League fixtures against them was in the 1999-2000 season and we won both games.  1-0 at home with a Craig Hinton goal and a few months later a 3-0 win down in Surrey with goals from Dean Bennett, Mike Marsh and Stewart Hadley.

Sutton have a few names known to Harriers fans in their side.  From a few years back Jamie Slabber was at Grays and Dale Binns was at Stevenage while Al Fuseini was at Lincoln last season.

Probably the most famous player in their squad is Paul Telfer.  His CV reads; Coventry, Southampton (playing for them in the 2003 FA Cup Final against Arsenal), Leeds, Celtic, Bournemouth and, err, Luton.  He is now a player/coach at Sutton.

They'll be without Mitchell Nelson tomorrow following his red card against Eastleigh last Saturday while They could be without Jamie Stuart and Jamie Taylor with injuries.  Stuart has a neck injury but the neck brace has now been removed but it'll probably be too early for him just yet while Taylor has a sprained ankle.

This game is going to be just as tough as the Bradford game was seeing as Sutton are at about the same position in their league as BPA are in theirs.  At least we have home advantage this time but that will count for nothing if we can't improve on our two performances in the previous round.  Three if you include Barnet last week.

Almost forgot!  We have one other back for us tomorrow to inspire us to victory.  The King is dead, long live the King.

Photo © KHFC


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

Sutton Utd from:
Lovelock, Shaw, Clough, Downer, Telfer, Binns, Folkes, Fuseini, McKimm, Rents, Riviere, Sinclair, Dundas, McDonald, Scannell, Slabber, Williams.

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