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Match preview Vs Bradford (Park Avenue)    FA Trophy 1st rd


Date: 13-12-14gif Venue: Horsfall Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers start of on the FA Trophy trail tomorrow when then clash once again with Bradford Park Avenue of the Conference North.  It was at this stage, the 1st round, last season when we last met and where we made our exit.

By that stage we had already played them twice a few weeks previously in the FA Cup after never before meeting up with them at any time in our long history.  We got through those games, we had to replay at Aggborough after drawing up there, and went on to play at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, in the 4th round.  In all three games it was the general consensus that Bradford were the better side and we were lucky to stay in the FA Cup and deserved to go out of the Trophy.

Tomorrow we need to make sure that we don't take them too lightly and get the job done at the first time of asking.  No excuses but we need this cup run far more that they do if we have any hope of becoming a part time nonentity playing in the Conference feeder leagues.

We'll be at full strength for the game after Kyle Storer returned from injury in time for the Nuneaton victory a couple of weeks ago.  Reece Styche returns from a one game ban for five yellow cards but otherwise there are no other injury worries for the Harriers.

The Harriers manager Gary Whild has been looking at the Redditch Utd striker Jamie Spencer in an effort to strengthen our attack but the twenty one year old, who has knocked in ten goals so far this season, is cup tied so wouldn't be able to play at Bradford if he signed for us before the game.

Bradford beat Leamington 3-1 in the previous round to give them the chance to play us tomorrow and in that side was the former Harriers keeper John Danby.  John left us back in 2006 to join up with, the then, League side Chester and after leaving them a couple of times he has now ended up with Bradford.

Avenue have recent signing Fernando Moke out cup-tied after making his debut in their 2-0 win at Harrogate Town last weekend.  Dan Clayton will be back for the side after being out injured in recent weeks.

As said earlier we really have to win this game or face financial despair.  It doesn't bear thinking about if we lose so we have to. No ifs, no buts, we need to win.


Harriers from:
Lewis, Mayebi, Hodgkiss, Green, Storer, Tunnicliffe, Long, Nicholson, Williams, Gowling, Grimes, Byrne, Obeng, Johnson, Verma, Gittings, Reid, Hales.

Bradford (Park Avenue) from:
Danby, McMurray, A Clayton, Price, Colley, Qualter, Mallory, Turner, Howarth, Hotte, Rea, D Clayton, Colbeck, Frost, Chilaka, Marshall, Priestley, Davidson, Patterson, Walker, Barraclough, Lever, Heaton, Davis.

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Previous games against Bradford (Park Avenue)
Harriers score first
2013 - 14
2 - 1
2 - 1
1 - 1

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