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Match preview Vs Macclesfield Town

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Date: 23-08-14gif Venue: Moss Rosegif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Josh O'Keefe The Harriers play their second away game of the new season tomorrow, in the first of our Bank Holiday games, when they travel up to Cheshire to take on Macclesfield Town.  Ironically we play the County town, Chester FC, on Monday at Aggborough in a game that is sure to draw the crowds in with the return of Steve Burr to the club.  First though is the Macc.

Both teams have the same number of points with Macclesfields three points at home to Braintree and away at Telford was tempered with a goal less draw at Woking last Saturday while we had our goal less draw on the opening day at Lincoln and then followed that up with a 3-0 win at home to Alfreton then a single goal victory at home to Dartford last weekend.  Our goal difference is better by two goals and so we sit two places above them in the league.

For the game tomorrow we will have Josh O'Keefe (right) back in the running for a starting place now that he has overcome his foot injury picked up towards the end of pre-season.  It's doubtful if he'll start though and the Harriers manager, Gary Whild, will probably go with the same team that he has for the previous two games.

Against Dartford we, at last, began to look like a slick outfit once more with plenty of passing and shots on goal.  That fizzled out in the second half though when for some mysterious reason we went into defensive mode and by the end were grateful for Kyle Storers first half goal that gave us all three points.

We should now be at full strength tomorrow with the return of O'Keefe but Macclesfield could be without two players.  Both David González Díaz and Chris Holroyd missed the Woking game through injury and could still miss out tomorrow.

During the close season they didn't strengthen the side all that much with just Waide Fairhurst (Lincoln City), Adriano Moke (Stockport County), David Gonzalez (Caudal), Luke Waterfall (Scunthorpe United), George Pilkington (Mansfield Town) coming in while on their way elsewhere were former Harrier Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town), Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town), Scott Kay (Southport), Carl Martin (Wealdstone), Peter Winn (Chester), Scott Boden (Halifax Town), Steve Williams (Halifax Town), James Bolton (Halifax Town), John-Paul Kissock (Whitehawk).

Kissock is the one they could miss most of all with his undoubted skills in the centre of the park igniting the spark that they'll need to avoid a struggle towards the end this season.

I'm expecting a good result for us up at Moss Rose this time around and I feel we may have too much in our locker for them.  Especially if we continue to play as we did in the first half against Dartford.

Just no more second half sitting back please Mr Whild.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
D Lewis, Singh, Hodgkiss, Green, Storer, Dunkley, Nicholson, Gowling, Grimes, Williams, O'Keefe, Byrne, Obeng, Johnson, Verma, Blissett, Gittings, Gash, Reid, Styche, Hales.

Macclesfield from:
Taylor, Branagan, Halls, Barrow, Waterfall, Pilkington, Turnbull, Lavelle-Moore, P Lewis, Holroyd, Fairhurst, Moké, Cowan, Gnahoua, Sodje, Gibson, González Díaz, Thompson, Whitaker, Disney, Hunter.

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Previous games against Macclesfield Town
Harriers score first
Home
Away
2013 - 14
2 - 1
1 - 1
2012 - 13
3 - 0
1 - 0
2004 - 05
1 - 0
0 - 2
2003 - 04
1 - 4
1 - 1
2002 - 03
0 - 2
0 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 1
1 - 0
2000 - 01
2 - 1
0 - 1


For earlier results against Macclesfield Town look here on Statto's Harriers site   






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