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Match preview Vs Bristol Rovers


Date: 06-04-15gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers go into this exercise of 'spinning the money to pay the players' tomorrow with the long awaited visit of Bristol Rovers back to Aggborough.  With the board reneging on their promise, a promise made in front of two hundred fans less that a month ago at the fans forum, the players said last week that they had not been paid in full for the previous month.  The board came out saying that they were waiting for Bristol Rovers fans to pay the money (in effect blaming the fans yet again) and the next day Josh Gowling left us for Grimsby Town.  Rovers have sold out their quota of over two thousand tickets for the game.

Nathan Blissett That's about it in a nutshell.

What happens at the end of April if the game tomorrow is not a roaring financial success is anyones guess but be sure of this, that lot will wriggle out of their duties blaming the fans once again.

Following our draw at Telford on Saturday, that finally confirmed the relegation of the home side back into the Conference North, we came away with injuries to Aman Verma (twisted ankle) and Kennedy Digie (head injury) in addition to the missing, through illness, Lee Hughes and Keyon Reffell.  Of the three only Verma is certain to miss the game as will long term injured Jack Byrne and Craig Reid.

Rovers have had a day extra to us in preparation for the game tomorrow after they played the first of their Easter games on Good Friday and thrashed Steve Burrs Chester 5-1.  The rout saw goals scored by Matty Taylor, Ben Heneghan (og), Ellis Harrison and two for Andy Monkhouse and they could have scored more.  That win kept the pressure on Barnet at the top of the table with Rovers now back down to second place after being top on Friday evening.

Rovers only injuries are long term ones.  Both Neal Trotman and Stuart Sinclair are out with knee injuries.

As we all know the former Harrier Nathan Blissett (left) now plays for Rovers.  His signing for them followed after our 1-1 draw back in November when he scored the opening goal for them.  He hasn't featured as much as he would have hoped in recent weeks and tends to come on from the bench.  Rovers fans say he's still raw but has potential long term.  That's very much the same thoughts that Harriers fans had during his time with us.

It's going to be a packed out Aggborough tomorrow, at least one end will, but I don't think we'll be watching a Harriers win.  As shown since our visit there when we played really well we haven't shown the same form since and have struggled to look any good, any more.

Tomorrow will be another step on Rovers return back into League 2 at the first time of asking.

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

Bristol Rovers from:
Mildenhall, Preston, Puddy, Leadbitter, Brown, Lockyer, McChrystal, Parkes, Mansell, Clarke, Taylor, Gosling, Lines, Easter, Harrison, Greenslade, Lucas, Monkhouse, Blissett, Dawson, Balanta, Bell-Baggie.

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Previous games against Bristol Rovers
Harriers score first
2014 - 15
1 - 1
2004 - 05
1 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 1
2003 - 04
1 - 0
0 - 1
2002 - 03
1 - 1
2 - 1
2001 - 02
2 - 0
1 - 2

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