We had never played each other until a few years ago we were paired together in various cup games. Our first meeting was for the FA Cup when we drew the original tie 1-1 on the Sunday at the Horsfall Stadium and won the replay two days back at Aggborough. A month later and we met each other again but this time in the FA Trophy when we went tumbling out to a defeat at their place. Move on to the next season and just under twelve months on and we meet in the Trophy again but this time we didn't mess about and won 4-1 but then went and cocked it up in the next round at home to Altrincham.
This, now, will be the first ever league meeting between the two sides and with both teams at opposing ends of the table it should be, on paper, a three pointer for the Reds but in recent weeks Bradford have been on something of a resurgence with four league wins in five games to lift them off the bottom of the table. That resurgence has come about with the appointment of the former Guiseley boss Mark Bower, a former Bradford City player.
Three of their wins have come away from home at Altrincham, FC Utd and Stockport with the home win against Alfreton. Sandwiched in between was a home defeat to also lowly Stalybridge so they're not totally invincible.
We'll need to go there and play our normal game but at the same time take into account the possibility of a poor playing surface. We should be at full strength for the game with the only question mark against the invisible Jared Hodgkiss (left). One day his injury should get better but don't go holding your breath. He seems to be, sadly, yesterdays man.
Bradford have no known injuries because they just do not publicise them. They will be letting Harriers season ticket holders (and other clubs in their area) in for just five pounds so it makes it something of a bargain but you'll need to take your ticket book with you.
As with all games in this deathtrap league this is going to be another tough one so we have to be on our guard and make sure we don't become another victim of their new found form.
Photo © KHFC
Hornby, T Palmer, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Williams, Carter, Osborne, Evans, Thomas, Tunnicliffe, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Gnahoua, Truslove, Austin, A Brown, McQuilkin, N'Gwatala, Dieseruvwe, Waite.
Bradford (Park Avenue) from:
Worsnop, Eccles, Toulson, Knowles, Killock, Coates, Spires, Hill, Wroe, Payne, Dean, Davie, N Boshell, D Boshell, McKenna, Sharp, Cofie, Dickinson, Sinclair, Nowakowski, Noblet, Johnson.
Talk about the game here
Links to Bradford (Park Avenue) websites here
Find Pubs around Kidderminster here
Find Hotels around Kidderminster here