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12th october 2001 


  • cheltenham (home ko 3:00pm)

    Tomorrow sees one of the games that we all look forward to, Cheltenham.

    Ok, it may not be as glamourous as playing our other local rivals, Shrewsbury, but it'll do.

    Last season the results went more in our favour than the Robins, especially that marvellous 3-1 win at Waddlers Rd. The 1-1 at Aggie earlier in the season was a bit dour though.

    After our win last Sunday at Macclesfield lets hope the lads have a bit more confidence because thats all that I think we need, along with being a bit sharper up front.

    Missing for us will be Stuart Brock and Mark Blake. Brockie is out for this match plus the next two after his fisticuffs against Swansea and Blakie misses just the one game for points accumalation.

    Set to take up his place between the sticks for his League debut will be Brendan Murphy, and not before time. Jan will now have to decide which young keeper will sit on the bench.
    It's a choice between John Danby and Andy Hemmings, both of whom little is known.

    Colin Larkin, the scorer at Macclesfield last week, will be making his last appearance for us unless Dave Jones and Jan Molby get together and agree to extend it. Hopefully until the end of the season.
    And lets hope we see the close pairing of Larkin and Broughton again after last weeks impressive outing.

    There are no injuries to report so the lineup should be the same with the exception of Brock and Blake.

    Harriers (from):
    Murphy, Danby, Hemmings, Joy, Stamps, Medou-Otye, Clarkson, Sall, Hinton, Smith, Williams, Shail, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Foster, Hadley, Broughton, Larkin, Ducros, Corbett.

    Cheltenham have been improving of late after being near the bottom of the league for the first few weeks of the season.

    Until three weeks ago they had only gained three points but in their last four games they have won three out of four.
    Full points were earned away at both Hartlepool and Southend and at home to Lincoln last weekend. In between they dropped all three at Rushden.

    They have just loaned out Jason White to Mansfield in a straight swap with Lee Williams.
    Another one on the way out is Keith Hill who only signed for them at the start of the season, he has gone to Wrexham for a few weeks.

    Another pre-season signing was Steve Jones from Swansea. He has spent most of the season on the treatment table and is unlikely to make an appearance tomorrow.
    Shame that!

    Also not making the trip will be Neil Grayson who has just been handed a three match ban for a sending off he received in the pre-season tour of Germany.

    He may decide to utilise his free time with a visit to his relatives at the donkey sanctuary.

    Injury wise there will be no place for the ex Hereford Donk..sorry defender, John Brough. He has been out all season with a ligament injury received at Macclesfield last season.
    There is also a slight doubt that ex Harrier Mark Yates will be fit after he injured his ankle at Southend recently but he should make it.

    Cheltenham (from):
    Book, Higgs, Howarth, Banks, Duff, Victory, Williams, Yates, Howells, Milton, Naylor, Alsop, Muggleton, Devaney, McAuley, Griffin, Hopkins, Jackson,

    The talk in the air around the Cotswolds this week is that Cheltenhams manager, Steve Cotterill, may be moving on to Brighton.
    Brightons manager, Mickey Adams, joined Dave Bassett at Premier club Leicester City this week and Cotterill is one of the favourites for the job (not Jan, now there's a surprise).

    Names being bandied about if he does go are ex Harriers manager, Graham Allner, Tony Naylor and John Brough, both present day players.
    Also, surprisingly, freshly resigned Macclesfield man Gil Prescott.

    Lets hope the promise of sunshine and a big derby game bring the crowds out. That should please Lionel, or would it.

    Jan has just taken old timer keeper Eric Nixon on loan from Tranmere for the next three games.
    Nixon is 39yrs old and has not played competitively for some time now so I presume that he has come in as cover for Brendan.

    If he gets the nod in front of Brendan I shouldn't be surprised to see Murphy leaving for another club.

    How many more insults can he expect to take.


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