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Match preview Vs Wrexham

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Date: 16-11-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers face the first meeting against last seasons play off opponents tomorrow when Wrexham arrive at Aggborough a pale shadow of the team they were last season.  They, along with ourselves, were expected to kick on this term and be amongst the front runners once more but so far that has failed to materialise.

Andy Bishop Prior to the game they sit below mid table having suffered a poor start.  In recent weeks they have started to pick up some better results and that could be down to their improved home form with their last three league games at Cas Rae ending in wins but on the road it's a different story.  Just the one win all season away at Gateshead and two draws at Tamworth and Barnet.

Some of the improvement could be down to the re-discovery of Andy Bishops (right) shooting boots.  The former Harrier spent some time with them on loan last season and then signed for them permanently at the start of this.  He found goals hard to come by at first and rarely played a game due to injuries but in the last two outings, Alfreton in the Cup last Saturday and at home in the league to Gateshead on Tuesday, he has scored five times including a trio on Tuesday.

There are also two other former Harriers at Wrexham with Mark Creighton finally coming back from injury after missing most of last.  He has only made two games so far at the beginning of the season before getting injured once more.  In the past couple of games he's made the bench but not come on.

The other former is Dean Keates.  The captain of the club had been an ever present since joining Wrexham in August 2010 but last season he asked for an improved contract but was turned down.  On the eve of him leaving the club they finally saw sense and gave into his wishes and he remained there.

As mentioned at the start both teams were involved in some memorable games towards the end of the season.  Out of the three meetings we won the league game at theirs in mid April but then lost out in both play-off games to see Wrexham go up against the eventual play-off winner, Newport County, at Wembley.

After a brilliant recovery for the Harriers following a shocking start to the league programme we improved so much to end up in the play-offs but it was two games too far and an exhausted Harriers just could not find that extra bit of energy needed to go through.

Tomorrow we have the chance to put those results behind us and get our own back on the Welshmen.  Following Tuesday nights draw at Macclesfield, a game we were about to win until a last gasp goal from the home side, we have a few possible injuries.  Callum Gittings was taken off injured during the second half with a knee or hamstring? injury while after the game Lee Vaughan and Michael Gash reported back with injuries too.  Vaughan has a badly cut shin but a big sticking plaster should be enough to keep him playing while Gash has a knee injury.  All three will be assessed before the game.

Certainly out injured is Jack Byrne with a hamstring injury and his return could be a few weeks away yet.  Marvin Johnson has missed the last two games due to becoming a first time daddy but he'll be available now having got over the birth.

Wrexham have just two injuries of note with everyone fit, apart from Joe Anyinsah (bruised kidney) and Kevin Thornton (ankle).

We don't want to see this game as a way of extracting revenge on them for our own play off failure but by Christ revenge would be sweet.

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Teams:

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

Wrexham from:
Mayebi, Coughlin, Wright, Ashton, Creighton, Clarke, Cieslewicz, Harris, Bishop, Ormerod, Morrell, Keates, Tomassen, Ogleby, Hunt, Clowes, Colbeck, Stephens, Evans, Reid, Royle, Bailey-Jones, N'Tamé, Artell, Carrington.

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