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Match preview Vs Tranmere Rovers

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Date: 28-03-16gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers are facing a tough Easter Monday clash tomorrow (aren't they all tough for us?) when Tranmere Rovers pay their first ever visit to Aggborough.  On the August Bank Holiday Monday last year we paid our first visit to their Merseyside home and came back from there with a brilliant 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down at half time with the goals for us coming from substitute Gurjit Singh and Reece Styche with a last gasp goal just seconds before the final whistle blew.

Sadly our position in the table following that draw was exactly the same as it is today in bottom place.

Lee Vaughan Tomorrow we'll be looking to go one better and get all three points to aid our escape from that terrible place we find ourselves in but it will have to be done without the help of Arthur Gnahoua.  He went off just before the break at Woking yesterday with an aggravation of his long standing ankle injury and one thinks that maybe he shouldn't have played in the first place but needs must.  At least Elton N'Gwatala came through his comeback from injury unscathed and could well get a start tomorrow.

Guaranteed a start will James McQuilkin who scored our equalising goal yesterday to add to his brace at Lincoln the previous Saturday and he has now scored a total of four goals this season, just one less than leading scorer Gurjit Singh.  A sobering thought.

Missing from the game, but not injured, will be Zaine Francis-Angol who is on a tour of duty with Antigua and Barbados for the Caribbean Cup Campaign.  He played all ninety minutes of the 2-1 win against Aruba on Thursday but did not score.  Also playing for them was Nathaniel Jarvis formerly of the Harriers but now playing for Hungerford Town.

Tranmere also had a player in action for the Caribbean Cup Campaign with Lois Maynard turning out for St Kitts and Nevis, also helping them to a 2-0 victory over Aruba on Saturday night.

They played at home to Lincoln on Good Friday in a televised game that ended up with the home side winning 3-2 and goals for James Norwood, Jake Kirby and Adam Mekki.  Mekki picked up an injury during the game and will be assessed before tomorrows game.

Definitely missing tomorrow will be Steven Jennings (calf) and Liam Ridehalgh along with centre forward Michael Higdon.  Jonathon Margetts has been loaned out to Southport and Cole Stockton to Morecambe but they have bolstered the side for the run in though with the loan of Scott Fenwick from Hartlepool until the end of the season and he'll be helping them to maintain their play off hopes with them currently in fifth position.

In their side will be a very familiar defender to Harriers fans.  Lee Vaughan (right) finally signed for them following a loan spell from Cheltenham earlier in the season and is now a stalwart in the side and one of the first names on the team sheet.  Another former defender of ours, Martin Riley, is also with them while former Harrier Adam Dawson also spent time there earlier in the season but his tenure was riddled with injury.

Again this will be another tough game for us to get a positive result from but as we have seen from our last two games we can actually get results.  It may be too late for us but we can live in hope.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Snedker, Brown, O'Leary, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Langmead, Williams, Fané, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Jones, Whitfield, McQuilkin, Maxwell, N'Gwatala, Kinsella, Singh, Taylor, Patrick, Garnett.

Tranmere Rovers from:
S Davies, Turner, Ramsbottom, Pilling, Sutton, Hogan, Holness, Vaughan, Harris, Taylor-Fletcher, Norwood, Ihiekwe, Riley, Hill, Mekki, Fenwick, Hughes, L Davies, Kirby, McNulty, Duggan, Jago, Gumbs.

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