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Match preview Vs Guiseley AFC

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Date: 15-08-15gif Venue: Nethermoor Parkgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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It's some years since we last played Guiseley.  December 2007 was also the first time we played them, in fact, and that was in the FA Trophy of that season when we travelled up to north of Leeds and beat the then Unibond Premier side.

Reece Styche The original game on the Saturday was called off due to a frozen pitch and re-scheduled for the following Tuesday.  Goals from Russ Penn and Jonny Harkness gave us the right to meet Weymouth in the next round where a draw saw us head back to Aggborough for that infamous replay complete with penalties that we somehow managed to miss every one of them.

Guiseley now find themselves in the National Premier (Conference to me and you) after knocking on the door for a long time now after gaining promotion through the play-offs along with Champions Barrow.  In their two games this season they lost at Welling by the only goal on opening day and then on Tuesday they beat Altrincham at home, also by a single goal with the goal coming from new signing Rob Atkinson.  He signed for them from Accrington a few weeks ago.

Other new players arriving over recent weeks have been Tom Craddock formerly of Portsmouth and Oxford Utd, Huddersfield Town forward Jake Charles has arrived on a month long loan while on the eve of the Welling game midfielder Zac Thompson and goalkeeper Daniel Atkinson following their release from Leeds Utd at the end of the last campaign.

They're not a team of household names but one that Harriers fans will instantly recognise is former Red Adam Boyes.  He was supposed to join us on a season long loan from Scunthorpe Utd in October 2010 but was re-called after a few weeks having made just four appearances for us without scoring.  With teams after his short time with us he became something of a prolific scorer with his best spell coming at Barrow for two years when he scored thirty one times in ninety games.  His time with Guiseley isn't too shabby either with twenty seven goals in fifty four games during his time there.

Guiseley have no known injuries but player/assistant manager Danny Boshell is suspended for reasons unknown.

Our two games have both, so far, been corkers with goals aplenty.  A 2-2 draw at home to Grimsby started the season on a positive note but Tuesdays 3-2 defeat at Dover was almost positive apart from conceding a third goal after once again coming from two goals down.

For a game and a half we were without Kelvin Langmead after he went off injured on Saturday but we're hoping to have him back for tomorrow.  His heel injury wasn't as bad as first feared and has responded well to treatment.  Calvin Dinsley will still be missing as could be Rob Taylor who it has been deemed is not match fit.  Also missing could be Reece Styche (above right) after he didn't come out for the second half at Dover having pulled his hamstring.

Having drawn one and lost one we now need to win one.  By all accounts Guiseley are a decent side that like to play their football on the ground, a policy that some may say is alien to the Harriers, but we have to start doing it sooner than later otherwise fans will be staying away in droves and we haven't budgeted for that.

I can see this game ending all square but, hopefully, we might possibly come home with all the points for the first time this season.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Palmer, Snedker, Hodgkiss, Rowe-Turner, Green, Clarke, Jones, Maxwell, Langmead, Tunnicliffe, Taylor, Verma, Reffell, Spencer, Sweeney, Reid, Styche, Campbell, Dawson, Dinsley, Hales, Singh, Wright.

Guiseley AFC from:
Drench, D Dickinson, D Atkinson, Toulson, Parker, Lowe, Lockwood, Lawlor, Brooksby, Boyes, Craddock, Rothery, Hall, Hatfield, L Dickinson, Johnson, N Boshell, Porritt, Hendrie, Charles, Thompson, R Atkinson.

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