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Match preview Vs Chester FC


Date: 20-02-16gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Chester FC are the next up at Aggborough and we'll be hoping to welcome former manager Steve Burr back to the club by robbing him/them of all three points.  Chester had been on a bit of a slump in recent games and were without a win since before Christmas Day until the smashed Altrincham 3-0 on Tuesday evening in Manchester.  On the same night we were going down 2-0 at Cheltenham after we failed to cope with the long ball routines that the home side favoured.

Although it was the Harriers that played the football we still couldn't quite grasp the game and impose ourselves due to the quick closing down that Cheltenham played before launching the ball forwards.  Not quite fond memories of Gary Whilds style of play.

We came away from there with a major injury doubt after Ben Whitfield tweaked his hamstring towards the end of the game but carried on valiantly.  He will probably miss the Chester game now as a precaution and maybe the game at Wrexham next Tuesday evening too.  We'll also still be without the services of Elton N'Gwatala and Adam Dawson with Elton under the knife for a cartilage operation yesterday while Dawson faces another operation on his groin soon.  There is some good news though and that's the imminent return of Jordan Tunnicliffe with him now back kicking a ball during the warm up at Whaddon Rd on Tuesday.

There has also been some movement in the squad yesterday with Lewis Kinsella coming on for a month from Aston Villa.  The twenty one year old defender has primarily come in as cover for Zaine Francis-Angol but could be given game time when needed.  On the way out on loan was rookie striker Dan Sweeney to Halesowen Town for a month and another loan out is expected to be announced today with my money on Gurjit Singh off to Stourbridge until the end of the season (now confirmed).

Chester are believed to be injury free and have just bought in a couple of loanees to get their season re-started.  One of those, Danny O'Brien, came in on loan from Wigan and scored at Altrincham after Burr opted to change from his usual 4-4-3 and go 3-5-2 using wingers.  Something he used to do with us but then revert back again.

Their real danger man is the former Grimsby striker Ross Hannah but with our now, more solid, pairing of Keith Lowe and Kelvin Langmead in the centre of defence they should be able to cope with the threat and see us on with another three points in our survival mission.


Harriers from:
Snedker, Brown, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Langmead, Williams, Fané, Francis-Angol, Gnahoua, Tunnicliffe, Jones, Whitfield, McQuilkin, Maxwell, Kinsella, White, Taylor, Patrick, Garnett.

Chester FC from:
Worsnop, Thompson, Higgins, Hunt, George, Sharps, Mahon, Shaw, Hannah, Rooney, Chapell, Hughes, Astles, Hobson, Gilchrist, Peers, Heneghan, O'Brien, Alabi, Bell, Lloyd.

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Previous games against Chester FC
Harriers score first
2015 - 16
1 - 3
2014 - 15
2 - 2
0 - 1
2013 - 14
3 - 1
0 - 0
2009 - 10
2 - 0
2004 - 05
0 - 1
0 - 3
1975 - 76
1 - 8

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