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Match preview Vs Chester FC


Date: 25-01-15gif Venue: Swansway Chester Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers away form is looking stronger as each week goes by and, compared to home games, that's where our strength seems to be.  On the Tuesday just gone we won at Aldershot for the first time ever and that came after a poor run of four defeats at home interspersed with another away win at Dartford.  It's our away form that is keeping us around the play-offs and on Tuesday evening we actually made it into them by moving up to fifth place.

Tomorrow we have a chance to go even higher, well one place, if we manage to win at Chester and move above Grimsby Town.

It will also see a re-uniting of the Harriers with their former manager Steve Burr.  After a shaky start he seems to have Chester on an even keel now and is slowly building the team that he wants by bringing new faces in during the transfer period with a striker on loan from Aston Villa, Thomas Strain, who he's hoping will do what his peers at Villa Park don't seem to be capable of and that's actually score goals.  The downside of Strain actually scoring against us tomorrow is that he'll be recalled on Monday.

On Wednesday Burr bought in George Thompson from Kings Lynn.  The twenty two year old midfielder has scored twenty two goals this season and started his career at Nottingham Forest.  Yesterday Oliver McBurnie, another striker, arrived on loan from Bradford City.

Back in August Chester came back from two goals down at Aggborough after we went into an early 2-0 lead with goals from Callum Gittings and the now departed Chey Dunkley only for the visitors to capitalise in our sitting back with two late goals through Craig Hobson and Wayne Riley.  We don't want that to happen so we have to make sure that if we take the lead this time round we keep it.

We also strengthened the side this week with Aaron Wildig and Danny Wright coming in and it was through their efforts that we came away from Aldershot with all three points.  Although neither player scored they both came close and Wright was a handful upfront leading the line and showed why he was in the sights of other clubs including Chester.

Our only injury coming into the game is still Josh Gowling although it must be getting near to the day that he returns to the side.  Chester will be without Kingsley James after he got his marching orders for pushing Southports Richard Brodie over the other week.  Some would say he didn't push him hard enough.  Their only other doubt is Peter Winn and he is returning from injury but it could be too early and he might be sent out on loan instead.

If this game is on, and it could be a doubt with Winter beginning to set in - their game against Lincoln on Tuesday was called off due to snow, then I would be hoping for another away win and three points for the Harriers but I feel this may end up as another draw.


Harriers from:
Lewis, Mayebi, Singh, Whitcombe, Hodgkiss, Jake Green, Storer, Tunnicliffe, Nicholson, Kelly, Wildig, Gowling, O'Keefe, Grimes, Maxwell, Asante, Byrne, Obeng, Digie, Johnson, Verma, Gittings, Wright, Reffell, Spencer, Reid.

Chester FC from:
Worsnop, Viscosi, Roberts, Kay, Brown, Charnock, Mahon, Strain, Rooney, C Williams, Richards, McConville, Abbott, Hobson, Henegha, Higgins, McBurnie, Josh Green, Touray, Hughes, Thompson.

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Previous games against Chester FC
Harriers score first
2014 - 15
2 - 2
2013 - 14
3 - 1
0 - 0
2009 - 10
2 - 0
2004 - 05
0 - 1
0 - 3
1975 - 76
1 - 8

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