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5th September 2003 
Bristol Rovers
At the Memorial Ground
6/9/03 3:00pm
The Harriers manager, Ian Britton, has said that he's looking for another improvement on last weeks home draw against Oxford and that anyone that doesn't perform to the best of their ability will be dropped.

The arrival of Adam Murray has helped a little bit and given time he will blend in a bit more but I still don't think he's the complete answer.  Brit has also bought in another new face with the 20yr old Lloyd Dyer from WBA.  He's a left sided midfielder who's here for a month and will be in the squad tomorrow.

The one area we seem to be falling down on is the front line where the disappointing Andy Bishop has failed to perform.

Why the return of Bish hasn't worked is a mystery.  He seemed to think that all he needed to do was pull on the famous red shirt again and everything would click into place.  It doesn't work like that and he needs to work a bit harder by making some attempt to win the ball and helping a bit more in midfield.

We'll be at full strength again but it'll be interesting to see who's left on the bench after Sean Flynn, Dean Bennett and Sam Shilton all found themselves demoted last week.

Meanwhile our wandering striker has gone out on loan again.  This time Matt Lewis has gone to Doc Martens side Hinckley for an initial one month period.

Rovers have made a better start to the season than in previous years and lie above us in the table in 8th place.  They've only lost one game in the League so far, last week at Huddersfield, but have drawn both their home games against Rochdale and Carlisle.

Ray Graydon, Rovers manager, has bought in some new faces this season in an effort to get away from their usual stamping ground at the bottom of the table.  Dave Savage and Christian Edwards both played for Oxford last season, Kevin Miller was bought in from relegated Exeter City and Junior Agogo came from non-league Barnet to add some fire power to the front line.  So far he's yet to score.

Former Harriers target, Andy Rammell is out injured again and is not expected back for a couple of weeks and Anwar Uddin, who missed the final 3 months of last season has now overcome his groin injury and is back in training.  Also out is Callum Willock who got injured in pre-season training.

This game has had it's fair share of memories in past years.  Fraser Stretton springs to mind and last years exciting 2-1 win was a bit of a corker, for us.

This time out I think it's going to be a little tougher.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Ayres, Smith, Murray, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Heath, Bennett, Ward, Dyer, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop.

Rovers from:
Miller, Boxall, Anderson, Barrett, Austin, Savage, Quinn, Tait, Agogo, Carlisle, Hyde, Bryant, Hodges, Parker, Gilroy, Edwards, Clarke, Street, Bell, Arndale, Greaves, Davis, Haldane, Hobbs, Jinadu, Weisberg.
Previous games against Bristol Rovers
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
1 - 1
2 - 1
2001 - 02
2 - 0
1 - 2
2000 - 01

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