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Match preview Vs Tamworth


Date: 17-09-13gif Venue: The Lambgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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So far this season the Harriers have yet to draw a game - in eight games we have won five times and lost three - but tomorrow brings us a chance to break that duck.  Yes folks, we have to go to Tamworth.

We have a long history of visits to the Lamb ending either as draws or very narrow single goal wins and I can't see that changing much tomorrow evening although I'd love to be proved wrong with that long overdue goal fest we've been promised for months now.  We did win there 1-0 last season though so maybe we'll go one, or two, better this time round.

Unusually Tamworth haven't started their season as strongly as they have in previous years and so far have only won twice, at home to Salisbury on the opening day followed by an emphatic 4-1 win at home to Southport a few weeks ago.  The former Harriers loanee Richard Peniket scored twice in that game and then followed it up with the equalising goal at Woking last Friday.  Not bad for someone that didn't seem to have a clue what to do with a ball while with us.

Again Tamworth seem to be stuffed to the bulwarks with ex Harriers.  Apart from Peniket they also have Justin Richards, Lloyd Kerry and Duane Courtney.

We've got back on a winning run in our last two games after suffering defeat in our two games previous to that.  Last Saturday at home to Hyde we didn't look too convincing even though we hit them with an early Anthony Malbon goal after just five minutes.  We should have built on that against the basement club but we failed to do so and looked overrun and pedestrian at times.

Some of our passing was abysmal and one or two weren't quite alert to available team mates and would rather pass the ball back to the person that had given them the ball in the first place.  This lack of vision is something we had no problem with last season and, I think, could be one of the reasons for our 'meh' form so far this season.

Callum Gittings came on as a sub in the last few minutes of that game so is clearly back from injury now.  Lolley and Tolley, Joe and Jamie, could be back for tomorrow, as could Jack Byrne and Jamie Grimes, giving us a possible full squad for the first time in ages.  Josh Gowling could be the only new doubt after taking quite a few knocks on Saturday but knowing Josh he'll be ready and waiting to play.

I'm hoping we can win this game tomorrow evening but I'm doubtful of that.  Yes, I'm going for that long overdue draw.


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

Tamworth from:
C Belford, D Belford, Wren, Evans, Rose, Richards-Everton, Kerry, Baker, Richards, Byfield, Jones, Courtney, Hendrie, Peniket, Woolery, Capaldi, Todd, Thomas, Lloyd, Elford-Alliyu, Wright, Lindsey.

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Previous games against Tamworth
Harriers score first
2012 - 13
4 - 1
1 - 0
2011 - 12
2 - 0
0 - 0
2010 - 11
2 - 2
2 - 2
2009 - 10
0 - 0
1 - 2
2006 - 07
0 - 2
0 - 0
2005 - 06
0 - 1
1 - 1

For earlier results against Tamworth look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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