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Match preview Vs Grimsby Town

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Date: 22-11-14gif Venue: Blundell Parkgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Chey Dunkley The remnants of a once proud football club will be journeying up to Grimsby tomorrow and no doubt there'll be spare seats on the coach but hopefully by the end of the trip they might get to know each other in time for the game.  Yes folks, Kidderminster Harriers are in serious financial trouble once more.

Last week we played at Bristol Rovers and came away with a creditable draw thanks to a goal scored by Nathan Blissett.  His goal was so good that he's decided that he wants to go back there and do it again but this time for the Rovers and not the Harriers.  Also playing his last game for us that weekend was Chey Dunkley (left) with the big central defender joining Oxford Utd yesterday.

Add in the shipping out of Michael Gash, Reece Styche, Jas Singh and Josh O'Keefe in recent weeks and we now have a side down to bare bones.  We have had two players come in to replace two of those but we're going to be short on numbers for the bench if we pick up any injuries between now and Saturday, or Tuesday if you take the midweek game at home to Wrexham into the equation.

We already had Matt Robinson come in when O'Keefe went out on loan to Chester and now that Dunkley has gone we have Sam Long coming this way from Oxford on a loan until January.  Defender Sam is a a first year pro after being made up from the Youth team there in August and has made six appearances for his side, mainly from the bench.

We continue to be without Kyle Storer long term following his hernia operation a few weeks back but as far as I know we have no other injuries.  Yet!.

Our opponents tomorrow, Grimsby Town, are sitting pretty in second place in the table and have an injury free squad bolstered yesterday with the signing of New Zealand born Hamish Watson on a short term contract that will take him into 2015.  They also, recently, bought in the former Hereford loanee Harry Pell from AFC Wimbledon to add even more firepower to the striker heavy squad.  We'll do well to keep the scoreline down to single figures tomorrow.

I'm sure that Gary Whild will try his hardest, and the team will too, to get some kind of result from this game and also in any future games but The situation we're in is very worrying.  For a team to go from being a bookies favourite for promotion to a cert for the drop in just a matter of weeks is not a good state to be in.

Harriers fans will need to start believing in the fairies and in miracles.

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Teams:

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

Grimsby Town from:
McKeown, Draper, Bignot, Thomas, Brown, Pearson, Magnay, Mackreth, Disley, Hannah, Neilson, Doig, John-Lewis, Clay, Pittman, Watson, Parslow, Arnold, Nsiala, Walker, McLaughlin, Bemrose, Pell.

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