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12th September 2003 
At The Moss Rose
13/9/03 3:00pm
With Adam Willis due to miss this game after being red carded at Cheltenham we should be seeing a minor change in midfield.  Matt Gadsby is a straight replacement for him, and with Matt getting a good reception for his display from the fans at Bristol last Saturday, he should be able to step into Adam's boots with ease.

Brit has also bought in yet another midfielder with the signing of Robert Betts from Rochdale.  The 21yr old was released by Coventry at the end of last season and duly signed up for Rochdale on a non-contract basis.  After scoring twice in their 3-1 win against Torquay he entered negotiations for a contract but those talks ended with Betts being released this morning.

Brit must have been monitoring the situation closely to have stepped in so quickly.

Dean Bennett seems the most likely choice to make way for Betts.

Up front he'll be hoping for a much improved display from all of our strikers and with Andy Bishop and Bo scoring in a behind closed doors game at Evesham on Wednesday they may have got their taste for scoring back.  The other scorer in the 3-1 win was Sean Parrish.

Last I heard there were no injuries in the squad, so far this season we seem to have been lucky in that respect.

Macc have been having their usual season so far.  Promising much but failing to deliver.

Just before the end of last season they bought in strikers John Miles and Colin Little, it was Miles that scored for them in our defeat there last March.  On paper he's one of the better strikers in the League but the Macc manager David Moss didn't think that was enough so he also bought in Martin Carruthers from Scunthorpe to add even more firepower to the frontline.

Along with another striker in Danny Whitaker it's hard to understand why they aren't higher placed in the League.

At the moment they're 17th compared to our 16th and one point behind so this could be seen by some, but not many, as a six pointer.

On the injury front they should be back to full strength after Steve Macauley and Matt Hadrell both came through unscathed in a reserve game against Blackpool in mid week.


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

Macclesfield from:
Myhill, Wilson, Hitchen, Adams, D Smith, Munroe, Macauley, Flitcroft, Priest, Tipton, Miles, Widdrington, Whitaker, Carruthers, Welch, Abbey, Haddrell, Little, Robinson, Ross, Brackenridge, Carr, Higgins, Deasy.
Previous games against Macclesfield
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
0 - 2
0 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 1
1 - 0
2000 - 01
2 - 1
0 - 1

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