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Match preview Vs Barnet


Date: 18-04-15gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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For the fourth game in a row the Harriers could decide the fate of a club when Barnet come to Aggborough looking for a win that could possibly give them the Conference title if Bristol Rovers fail to win at Dover.  If both sides win then it'll go down to the wire and be decided on the final day of the season.

Michael Gash Three weeks ago we sentenced Telford to relegation but last Saturday when we had the chance to weaken Wellings chance of survival we made a right mess of it and lost embarrassingly 3-0.  In between we could have put a serious dent in Bristol Rovers promotion hopes but a 3-0 scoreline going their way wasn't going to do much denting.  3-0 to Barnet tomorrow then?

We'll have to do it without quite a few of the team though with both Aman Verma and James Frys seasons now over due to an ankle injury while Callum Gittings will miss out with the groin injury he picked up at Welling.  Also possibly still missing will be Jack Byrne although he's back in training now but may not be risked.  At least Jack, along with Aman Verma and Jared Hodgkiss, will be here next season after they both triggered a clause in their contracts that could keep them both here for longer.  It's a shame we haven't had the same news about Gittings and Kevin Nicholson yet but there's still time.

We have also re-called Jordan Tunnicliffe back from his loan spell at Hednesford much to the annoyance of their manager Rob Smith.

Our visitors, Barnet, have been up around the top of the table for the majority of the season as they were when we went to the Hive in October and came back from 3-0 down to earn a storming draw with a goal from Michael Gash (right) and two more from Nathan Blissett in the final ten minutes of the game.

While Barnet remained on top after that game we had risen to eighth place and were destined to go higher as 2014 drew to a close.  Now we have slumped down to sixteenth place and could drop as low as eighteenth if we fail to win tomorrow and our other remaining game at Eastleigh next Saturday.

Michael Gash is now with Barnet after being forced to leave the Harriers in January due to our never ending money worries.  At first he went there as a cover option but in the last two games he has started and by all accounts his partnership with John Akinde, the leagues leading scorer with thirty one goals, is working well and the manager Martin Allen now considers Gashie an important member of the side.  To think he could be playing in the football league next season after being written off by so many here.

On the injury front Barnet seem to be quite clear with Charlie MacDonald returning from a calf injury last week but not playing in their win at home to Halifax.  They have no suspensions.

I can't see the Harriers wanting to stand in Barnets way, anyone's way actually, and depriving them of all three points.  The title is theirs to lose.

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Harriers from:
Lewis, Singh, Whitcombe, Hodgkiss, Green, Forsyth, Nicholson, Kelly, Sweeney, O'Keefe, Grimes, Millichamp, Maxwell, Tunnicliffe, Asante, Byrne, Obeng, Harrison, Digie, Boyle, Hughes, Reffell, Wright, Spencer, Reid.

Barnet from:
Stack, Cowler, Yiadom, Johnson, Saville, N'Gala, Stephens, Marsh-Brown, Weston, Akinde, MacDonald, Cook, Togwell, Villa, Vilhete, Muggleton, Gambin, Nurse, Allen, Gash, Clifford.

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Previous games against Barnet
Harriers score first
2014 - 15
3 - 3
2013 - 14
1 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
2 - 1
0 - 0

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

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