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18th january 2002 


  • Scunthorpe Utd (away ko 3:00pm)

    Tomorrow could see the return to the team of highly rated Abdou Sall.
    Abdou has missed the last three games after going off during the Hull City game with a groin strain, but he's on the way to recovery now and will probably start on the bench.

    Also back for us should be Mark Blake, who has been out with an Achilles Tendon injury but will have a fitness test first, and Scott Stamps.
    Stamper missed the Darlington game through suspension but would have been absent anyway with a back injury.

    The other two absentees, Colin Larkin and Richie Appleby, will not play tomorrow.

    They have both been out with Hamstring injuries in recent weeks but Larkin, who has been watched by Mansfield, is the one nearest to a comeback.

    Another player being watched by other clubs, this time believed to be Hull City, is Bo Henriksen.
    With a bit of luck he should have agreed to his loan being made permanent by Saturday. A fee of 12,500 is being talked about but a stumbling block will be his wage demands.

    If he does agree to a contract he will be tied in for 2 years but will become the clubs highest paid player.

    Two that could be on their way are Tony Bird and Brendan Murphy. Both are out of contract at the end of the season and looking very unlikely to be handed new ones.

    Birdie has just turned down a chance to move to Chester City on a three month loan deal but may yet change his mind. It would at least be first team football.

    Poor old Murphy has never really been given a chance at Aggborough and may find himself in the wilderness at the likes of Bromsgrove and Bilston.

    As for the match against Scunthorpe, this is a must win to prove that we are good enough to achieve a play-off place or even a guaranteed promotion spot.

    With Hull hitting a bad patch and Cheltenham at Orient then this would be an opportunity to good to miss.

    Scunthorpe will have the same idea and are no pushover. Luckily they seem to have hit a bad spell in recent games having only picked up one point, at Bristol, in their last four games.

    The bad run was bought home to them on Tuesday when they lost 4-3 at home to Exeter City, probably the most inconsistent team in the league.

    They will be without Richard Kell who was the victim of GBH in their game against Hull City on December 15th. This was one of the worst tackles I have ever seen, Edwards ran at him and, with his studs heading for Kell's knee, took him out for the rest of the season.

    Also missing for Scunthorpe will be Wayne Graves who was taken off injured on Tuesday night.
    Probably out too will be Jamie McCombe who had a mare in the same game and will be replaced by Stuart Thom.

    Gareth Sheldon is a long term injury and will not play.

    Scunthorpe (from);
    Evans, Bennion, Bradshaw, Dawson, Stanton, Jackson, Thom, Carruthers, Beagrie, Wilcox, Quailey, Sparrow, McCombe, Barwick, Brough, Calvo-Garcia, Torpey, Hodges.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Clarkson, Hinton, Stamps, Sall, Ayres, Blake, Williams, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Henriksen, Foster, Broughton, Ducros.



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