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Match preview Vs Woking

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Date: 14-02-15gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will be crossing everything tomorrow in the hope that we might be getting a game at Aggborough for the first time in ages.  That will depend on the weather of course and the forecast the other day was to have been a fair amount of rain but that was modified slightly on Thursday evening down to scattered showers and a frost instead.  Whatever we get will effect the pitch and the odds are still stacked against us.

Woking are the visitors tomorrow and, with having a fair way to come, there should be an early declaration of the probability of a go-ahead.

Lee Hughes We did have a game on Tuesday evening with some County Cup action against Stourbridge and ended up winning that, against the odds, 2-0.  Against the odds because we never do very well in a competition that is classed as second rate and usually a reason to put some fringe players out.  This time though, because games have been in short supply recently, Gary Whild put the first team out in what would appear to be his first choice lineup from now on in.

That line-up included Lee Hughes (left), back at Aggborough for one final fling, who opened the occasion by scoring a typical Hughesy header and then led the line with his usual high quality skills for the remainder of the game until being subbed towards the end.  The other goal was scored by Danny Wright who also opened his account with us after signing a few weeks ago.

We are also now Marvin Johnson and Kyle Storer less after they moved on to Motherwell and Wrexham respectively.  Against Stourbridge we played Aman Verma in the Storer position while Danny Wright played out wide but that may change come tomorrow.  Callum Gittings and Aaron Wildig both picked up injuries with Cal getting a dead leg while Aaron had a broken tooth that caused quite a lot of bleeding and pain.  They should both be ok though.

Also coming into the side after a long time out injured was Josh Gowling.  He's had a knee injury since before Christmas but he came through the ninety minutes without any problem apart from picking up a yellow card.

Woking have been able to play their games while we have been sat on out thumbs and sit above us at the moment due to that reason although they did lose out at Barnet last Saturday and also had defender Joe McNerney sent of for bringing John Akinde in the area.  He'll only miss one game, ours, even though it is his second red card of the season.

They had a bit of illness in the squad last week but that has now cleared up and, apart from McNerney, will be at full strength apart from the injured Mike Cestor.  Their squad will include Aswad Thomas who signed for them from Grimsby on deadline day.  He was originally with Woking four years ago but left to join Braintree and then Grimsby.

Also coming in on, or near to, deadline day were loan signings Ross Lafayette (Luton), Charles Banya (Crawley) and Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh).  Going the other way was Dean Morgan to Crawley as part of the Banya deal.

We beat Woking 3-2 down at Kingfield earlier in the season with the Harriers racing into a 3-0 lead in the space of eight minutes through Reece Styche, Michael Gash and Kyle Storer only to get pegged back after the break by Scott Rendell and Jack Marriott.  Thankfully good work from Danny Lewis stopped any further scoring and we now have to try and get a rare double having only done that once this season so far, against Dartford.

If the game is on (that's all we seem to talk about lately!) then I think we could be on for that double with the returning Lee Hughes far too good for Woking.  Three points then.

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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.

Woking from:
Cole, Little, Newton, Ricketts, Clarke, Payne, Murtagh, Rendell, Sole, Betsy, Banya, Thomas, Nutter, Odubade, Lafayette, Jones, Goddard, Taylor, Arthur.

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