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12th march 2002 


  • Halifax Town (away ko 7:45pm)

    We visit struggling Halifax Town tonight for a crucial match for us.
    With yesterdays news there are bound to be some long faces in the crowd so lets hope the lads put all the problems behind them and do their stuff out on the pitch.

    It's important that Jan makes sure that they don't feel influenced by the departure of Lionel Newton and perform to the best of their ability.

    They will need to. Halifax will now see this game as one they could gain something from and try to hit us on the rebound.

    Halifax are now dead and buried, even our own fans said so.
    In the recent poll on this site Halifax accrued 30 votes as against the next choice for the drop, York City. They could only muster 4 votes.

    But that vote won't stop them trying to get a bit of prestige by defeating us.

    They also have a lot of backroom problems. The club was put up for sale by their directors recently and they are also without their manager Alan Little at the moment.
    He was admitted to hospital with a ruptured appendix two weeks back and his place has now been taken, temporarily, by player-coach Neil Redfearn.

    The supporters have also formed a trust because of the impending sale, they have their priorities right, and if there are any problems with a new owner they will be ready and waiting.

    Their website can be found at www.htst.org

    They have already gained 141 members in a matter of day's. It has taken KHISA a year to reach 102!!

    On the field is where it matters tonight so lets get on with it.

    Halifax will be without both of the Clarke twins. Matt is out with sciatica and his brother Chris recently joined Blackpool.

    Thats the dangermen disposed of then.

    Both Craig Midgley and Paul Stoneman are suspended for this game so Redfearn will have a bit of re-shuffling to do.

    It's now 12 games since the Shaymen have won a game. They had one moment of hope against Rochdale last week when they were leading right up until the last few minutes but then allowed Dale to sneak all the points at the death.

    Last Saturday they were at Shrewsbury and looked good value for the drop when they were comprehensively beaten as the Shrews ran out 3-0 winners.

    Halifax (from):
    Richardson, Crookes, Mitchell, Woodward, Harsley, Bushell, Fitzpatrick, Wood, Kerrigan, Jules, M Clarke, Herbert, Middleton, Jones, Redfearn, Ludden, Swales, Wright, Farrell.

    We may be without Adie and Bo again although they will be having a late fitness test before the game.

    Larkin may also be absent after what looked like another pulled hamstring against Exeter. It may be wise to rest him a bit longer.

    The only change to Saturday's line up otherwise will probably see Sam Shilton being replaced with Tony Bird.

    Although Shilton tried hard against Exeter City he failed to convince and I don't see how Jan could possibly continue with him.

    Unless he adds a bit of grit and flair to his game I can't see him being at Aggborough next season.

    Richie Appleby, Mark Blake, Scott Stamps and Andy Ducros are all certain to be out.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Doyle, Larkin, Broughton, Henriksen, Shilton, Foster, Bird, Lewis.



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