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22nd August 2003 
At Aggborough
23/8/03 3:00pm
Harriers are on the march and tomorrows visitors, Bury, will not be able to stand in our way.

They've lost all three games that they've played so far and shipped 8 goals in the process.  2-4 against Swansea on the opening day, away at Tranmere in the Carling Cup they went out 1-0 and then last Saturday while we were winning 2-0 at Darlington they had a stinker at home to Scunthorpe and lost 2-3.

This week their manager, Evesham born Andy Preece, said that they're going to stop playing football and start hoofing it á la Cheltenham to the big men up front.  Playing football hasn't seemed to affect our results!

Their fans have started to jump ship already and most of those left are calling for Preece's head on a plate.  They have seen most of the squad sold off, including prime assets Michael Nelson and Jon Newby and just three new faces being bought in, Lee Duxbury, Greg Strong and Harpal Singh.  They have also taken on Preston striker Joe O'Neill on a season-long loan deal.

They have one young player to look out for.  The promising 19yr old Chris Porter has formerly had trials with Blackpool and Wigan last season but was not taken on.  Preece picked him up during pre-season and he got his reward last week when he scored his first League goal in the Scunthorpe defeat.

Luckily for us Porter may miss this game through injury (ankle) and they will probably be without George Clegg (knee ligament) and Danny Swailes (foot) too.  Out long term are Terry Dunfield and Paul O'Shaughnessy.

We start our Bank Holiday weekend (down to Cheltenham on Monday) with a full squad for the first time this season now that Matt Gadsby has been pronounced fit to play.  I think he'll be on the bench for both the games and will come on towards the end to gain match fitness.

Bo Henriksen has a minor calf injury but he'll be fit.

Our newest International, Graham Ward, should also be available after appearing in the midweek friendly against Poland for the Northern Ireland U21 team.

By 5:00pm Monday I think we'll be sat pretty at the top of the League.


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

Bury from:
Garner, Woodthorpe, Swailes, Solly, Unsworth, Barrass, Kennedy, Connell, Duxbury, Forrest, Gunby, Whaley, Seddon, Nugent, O'Neill, Preece, Strong, Porter, Singh.
Previous games against Bury
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
3 - 2
1 - 1
2001 - 02
2000 - 01
LDV Trophy 2nd rd
0 - 2

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