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Match preview Vs Lincoln City


Date: 19-09-15gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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We are now past the sequence of a few seasons back in 2012 when under Steve Burr we drew five and lost five games to find ourselves in the same position we are now.  Rock bottom.

In that season we actually went on a winning run on our eleventh game starting with a Ryan Rowe hat trick at Cambridge Utd and ended the season in second place behind Mansfield after being in pole position for the last seven games.  Sadly in the play-offs we froze against Wrexham and we missed out on automatic promotion and a trip to Wembley in consolation.

Tomorrow we repeat that quirk of fate and superstition when we beat Lincoln City at Aggborough.

On Tuesday we came from behind twice to draw with Torquay Utd but, again, we looked far from convincing.  A second half goal from Aman Verma and a late, but well taken, penalty from Reece Styche earned us a point but it wasn't enough to lift us off the bottom of the table.  Although Kelvin Langmead is now back our defence still looks suspect and that is down to two reasons with Luke Maxwell out suspended and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner being not very good.

Possibly the biggest problem though was the amount of passing the ball back to the keeper by all of the defence.  To me that says that our defenders are not very confident in passing the ball and would rather Alex Palmer boot it upfield.  The problem on Tuesday was that Palmer was too slow and wasted time looking for a player to boot the ball to, even in the dying minutes of the game when we should have been going full pelt for a winning goal.

We were also without a decent left back with Jake Green preferring to attack rather than defend.  To that end there is talk of a defender coming in on loan from the Villa but the defender mentioned, Kevin Toner, is only nineteen years old and not the old head that we need in that position (now signed on a months loan).  Still, better him than LRT.

Jordan Tunnicliffe is expected back from injury but don't cross too many fingers with our record of one minute players coming back and then next they're not.

Lincoln are sitting safely in fourteenth place in the table at the moment and ticking over without uprooting any trees.  On Tuesday evening they lost at Barrow by a single goal but have won three games so far.

The City boss Chris Moyses assembled a useful looking side over the summer with the main one being Matt Rhead from Mansfield.  The heavyweight striker is the leagues leading scorer with eight goals and has always been a thorn in our side.  I expect him to be just the same tomorrow.  Also coming in was the former Hereford and Eastleigh midfielder Craig Stanley as well as defender Luke Waterfall who was on loan at Macclesfield before joining Wrexham last season.

They have just two injury doubts with Callum Howe and Liam Hearn both out although Hearns hamstring injury is over the worst and he's now on his way back.


Harriers from:
Palmer, Snedker, Hodgkiss, Rowe-Turner, Green, Clarke, Jones, Langmead, Toner, Tunnicliffe, Taylor, Verma, Sweeney, Styche, Campbell, Spencer, Dinsley, Singh, Andre Wright.

Lincoln City from:
Farman, Grant, Wood, Tempest, Stanley, Waterfall, Bush, Muldoon, Power, Rhead, Hearn, Nolan, Hawkridge, Robinson, Everington, Simmons, Hodge, Beevers, Andrew Wright, Sparrow, Brown.

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Previous games against Lincoln City
Harriers score first
2014 - 15
2 - 1
0 - 0
2013 - 14
4 - 1
0 - 2
2012 - 13
3 - 0
0 - 1
2011 - 12
1 - 1
1 - 0
2004 - 05
2 - 1
0 - 3
2003 - 04
1 - 2
1 - 1
2002 - 03
1 - 1
0 - 1
2001 - 02
1 - 1
1 - 0
2000 - 01
1 - 3
3 - 3
1987 - 88
3 - 5
3 - 3

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