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26th March 2004 
Lincoln City
At Sincil Bank
27/3/04 3:00pm
After all the fuss about our deadline day signings it might be a bit hard to give a preview of tomorrows game without wondering whether our three new faces will be playing.  I expect all three, Burton, Clarke and Brown to at least start on the bench and make an appearance at some point during the game.

The signing of Steve Burton was expected to re-occur one day and with the possibility of Scott Stamps facing a severe censure in the coming weeks it was important that Jan bought in somebody to stand in for him just in case.

Scott Rickards and Adam Murray will be feeling a bit worried about Jan bringing in two players that are very similar to themselves.  Is it just for cover or is there a deeper reason?

Adam Willis won't be playing, now there's one player that I expected to see leaving yesterday, and neither will Kenny Coleman who, it now appears, will be having major surgery on his groin injury soon.  I thought he had stomach problems, is that near his groin!

Dean Keates will be missing for this game, and the following two, after he received a three game ban for his sending off at Orient.

It's not known yet whether Adrian Viveash, one of the most impressive players I have seen play for us, will still be playing for us tomorrow.  There has been no official information about his loan spell with us.  Has it finished yet, or not?  Is/has it been extended?

He did say in last weeks programme that he liked playing here but he would rather go back to Swindon to regain his first team place there.  If he has gone back then can I say a great big thank you Adi for helping to get us out of the you know what and if you do find yourself out of a job at Swindon then please remember that we'll be here for you.

Lincoln were also at the sales yesterday and bought in Aron Wilford from York City until the end of the month and two players on one month loans.  Craig Rocastle from Chelsea and Kevin George from non-league Bromley.

21yr old Rocastle is the cousin of David Rocastle the former England and Arsenal star who lost his battle against cancer, aged 33, some years back.

It may look as if Lincoln hadn't been too busy in the last day trading but they have been in the weeks preceding.  Jamie McCombe was the first to arrive at Sincil Bank three weeks ago from Scunthorpe followed by Kevin Sandwith from Halifax Town for 10,000 and Kevin Ellison for a month from Second Division Stockport County.

Only two players have left the club, Dene Cropper has joined Boston on free transfer and Paul Mayo has joined Watford.

With Lincoln trying for a play-off spot they'll be looking at all three points from us but they'll have to do it without two injured players.  Richard Butcher is battling back to fitness after damaging medial ligaments in his left knee just over six weeks ago but will not be fit to play against us and Mark Bailey is also out injured.

After last weeks drubbing against Macclesfield we'll be all out to get back on track and stop Lincoln getting the points that they want.  We want those points too and I think we'll get them.  It'll be tough but it can be done.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Burton, Sall, Viveash, Hatswell, Jenkins, Murray, Yates, Hinton, Brown, Parrish, Bennett, Ward, Christiansen, Clarke, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.

Lincoln from:
Marriott, Sandwith, Futcher, Morgan, Sedgemore, Yeo, Gain, Cornelly, Bloomer, Weaver, Ellison, Pearce, Wattley, Horrigan, McCombe, Frecklington, McNamara, Liburd, Fletcher, George, Richardson, Wilford, Kerley, Green, Rocastle, Gordon, Trout, Ryan.
Previous games against Lincoln
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 2
2002 - 03
1 - 1
0 - 1
2001 - 02
1 - 1
1 - 0
2000 - 01
1 - 3
3 - 3

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