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Match preview Vs Dartford FC


Date: 04-01-15gif Venue: Princes parkgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will be wanting to show off their silky skills at Dartford tomorrow on a pitch conducive to our style of play after struggling to find them on our last two home games.  Games that both ended in defeat to Southport and then a few days ago to Forest Green in a terrible game from our point of view.  The problem could be that there may not be a game tomorrow either following a day of rain down South although only one game was played - Chelmsford v Farnborough - with the remainder tomorrow.

It's not known yet if there'll be a pitch inspection in the morning.

Now that the loan period is over, at the start of this month, we are starting to see a few players return to the club from other clubs.  Some, like Keyon Reffell, will be new faces while more familiar faces are Jas Singh and Josh O'Keefe although the latter is out injured anyway.  On Monday Michael Gash will return and possibly, but unlikely, Chey Dunkley will return from Oxford if they decide not to further their interest in him.

Already staying with a club that he's on loan at is Nathan Blissett.  His transfer to Bristol Rovers was completed today and he now leaves the Harriers after three years and thirteen goals in eighty eight games for us.  Ironically he has already bagged three goals in eight games for the Rovers.

We'll still be without Josh Gowling tomorrow but by God do we need him back soon.  The defending against FGR was diabolical and we needed a strong, cool head there to stem that flow of goals but he's out and we have to make do with what we have.

Dartford are struggling near the bottom of the table in fourth place along with two other clubs on twenty three points.  Only Telford sit below them, Alfreton and Nuneaton and many are already predicting that those are the four clubs that'll drop this season.  Their last home league win came against Welling back in mid November and their away form is no better but somehow they managed to beat Wrexham 3-1 on their turf just before Christmas.

Today they bought in Nathan Green from Dagenham in an attempt to halt the slide into the league below.  The twenty three year old midfielder stroke defender has signed with them until the end of the season.

The Darts have a few injuries in their camp.  The main one is their impressive keeper Jason Brown could be missing with a back injury, thankfully, because he was the main reason the score was kept down to a single goal when we beat them at Aggborough back in August.  Lee Burns and Andy Pugh are long term injuries and will be out for another couple of weeks.

I expect us to put the last two games behind us at Dartford and the players must know that what was produced, even on a poor pitch, at Aggborough was not what we as a club aspire to.  It'll be a close game but one that I feel we can win.


Harriers from:
Lewis, Mayebi, Singh, Hodgkiss, Green, Storer, Tunnicliffe, Nicholson, Williams, Grimes, Maxwell, Asante, Byrne, Obeng, Digie, Johnson, Verma, Gittings, Reffell, Spencer, Reid, Hales.

Dartford FC from:
Brown, Ibrahim, Bender, Green, McAuley, E Bradbrook, Cornhill, Hayes, Noble, Daley, Harris, Mitchel-King, Collier, Sweeney, Green, Crawford, Tarbuck, Driver, T Bradbrook, Anidugbe, Akinwande, Scantlebury, Adams, Vint, Dembele.

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Previous games against Dartford FC
Harriers score first
2014 - 15
1 - 0
2013 - 14
1 - 2
0 - 3
2012 - 13
5 - 1
1 - 0

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

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