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Match preview Vs Nuneaton Town

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Date: 21-02-15gif Venue: James Parnell Stadiumgif Kick off: 12:45hrs

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Second from bottom side Nuneaton Town are the next opponents for the Harriers tomorrow in a lunchtime kick off in front of the BT cameras.  This will be a big occasion for the hosts because it'll be their first time on TV for a league game and they'll be wanting to put on a good show for the watching thousands so we'll need to be on top of our game if we hope to put a spanner in the works.

Aaron Wildig After struggling for most of the season, they have Telford to thank for keeping them off the bottom, they look to be odds on for the drop and it's something that we, as a West Midlands based club, do not want to see happen.  Losing one local derby is bad enough but losing two in just negligent.

Last Saturday they sprung a surprise by beating in form Gateshead away from home and move them one place up the table.  Their previous win in the league also came away from home at Altrincham at the end of December but you have to go back to November 29th for their last win at home when they beat Chester 3-2.

They should have a fully fit squad for our game, a squad that should include the former Wrexham midfielder Rob Ogleby after he signed for them from Livingstone during the January feeding frenzy along with striker Jack Nardiello from Stoke City.  Also new in for them are loanee's Elliot Wheeler, a young defender from Stoke, Barnsley youngster George Maris, Notts County midfielder Elliott Whitehouse and Gus Mafuta another midfielder from Bristol City.

The former Harriers midfielder Lee Fowler left the club to join Crawley Town but the other former Harrier there, Jack Dyer, remains.  He came to us on loan from Burton last season but failed to impress the Harriers fans that saw him play.

We could have just the one player missing for the game.  Callum Gittings has failed to recover from the dead leg he received at Stourbridge last week but will be given a late check on Friday to see if he can feature.

Last Saturday we were held at home to Woking in a game that we started well but then lost our way after the break.  Lee Hughes scored with a well taken goal for us during the first half but ran out of legs during the second half so he's not quite match fit yet although for a thirty eight year old he looked fitter than some eighteen year olds.

Another one that impressed against Woking, as he has done since he arrived here a month ago, is Aaron Wildig (left).  Sadly his loan ends following the game but it's hoped that Gary Whild can persuade Shrewsbury to let him stay with us until the end of the season.

As we know our away form is far better than our home form and, with Nuneatons home form being dire, I expect us to come away from whatever their ground is called now with all three points in the bag and those thousand armchair fans wowed by the Harriers interpretation of the Beautiful Game.

Don't go forgetting that this game has an early kick off.  Be there for 12.45pm or look stupid when you meet the fans on their way out after watching the Harriers win.

Photo © STFC


Teams:

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

Nuneaton Town from:
Dibble, Hogarth-Wren, Starosta, Cowan, Franklin, Dean, Streete, Charles, Smith, Wheeler, Walker, Armson, Anton Brown, Dyer, Quinn, Mafuta, Ogleby, Whitehouse, Andy Brown, Sodje, Maris, Nardiello.

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Previous games against Nuneaton Town
Harriers score first
Home
Away
2014 - 15
3 - 1
 
2013 - 14
0 - 0
1 - 2
2012 - 13
1 - 0
1 - 0


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






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