harriers-online fa cup 1st rd preview
7th November 2003 
Northwich Victoria
At Aggborough
8/11/03 3:00pm
It's the time of the year that all football fans, except Man Yoo ones, look forward to most of all.  The start of the FA Cup campaign.

The interest for us started two weeks ago when our opponents tomorrow, Northwich Victoria, overcame Halifax with a single goal from Chris Thompson.  That set them up for a glamorous tie against one of the big boys, us!!  They must be quaking in their boots.

It's no understatement for us to say that we are not completely looking forward to this clash with our old Conference foes.  The possibilities of a banana skin are there and with it a great opportunity to make some much needed money.

Just over three weeks we had Ian Britton in charge and if he was still here now I'd be a worried man.  This game would have had 'draw' written all over it and a defeat in the replay at wherever it is that Northwich play would have been on the cards.

Now with Jan Molby back in charge we have allayed those worries with a more positive approach to our game.  Apart from the Doncaster home defeat we have looked pretty good at Northampton, and at home last week to Cambridge Utd we were on the verge of giving them a steam-rollering only to be let down by a lack of sharpness in front of goal and a dullness in the defensive brain during a ten minute spell in the second half.

Bo Henriksen should be back in the frame this week after missing the last five games with a groin injury.  For the first time he'll partner new loan signing, Andy White, up front but Jan may go for something different and play John Williams again with Bo playing behind the front two.  A role that the now departed JJ was doing so well.

Also expected back is Scott Stamps.  He staggered out of the game at Swansea a month ago with serious bruising to his ankle.  With Hull City refusing to allow Steve Burton to play and become cup tied Stamper is being forced back earlier than expected to cover for him.  Again, where's Kenny?

Sean Parrish has had a bout of food poisoning this week but should be ready for tomorrow so apart from fringe player, Lee Ayres, getting a cut to his head in a friendly at Burton in midweek we have no other real injury worries and should be at full strength.

Northwich are a bit of an unknown quantity now.  Even more so that there isn't much news coming out from their only website.  What news is on there is sketchy and is really very poor for the official website of such an historic club.  It also has a very irritating menu that keeps falling off the page.

We all thought that they had signed Hugh McAuley but he has now left the club.  He doesn't seem to spend much time anywhere.

To replace him they have signed Peter Wright from Southport but because he only arrived yesterday he won't be eligible to play due to him having been signed less than seven days before the game.

It's been a busy few weeks for Northwich because they have also bought in the Shrewsbury midfielder, Karl Murray, on a months loan along with a defender, Paul McGuire from Hyde Utd.

The only injury in the Northwich ranks is Phil Brazier who has a hamstring injury, while Chris Royle is serving a three-match ban.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Hatswell, Ayres, Coleman, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, G Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, White, J Williams, Lewis, Heath.

Northwich from:
Woods, Woodyatt, Foran, Came, Garvey, Owen, Thompson, C Ward, Devlin, Norris, Blackburn, Charnock, Brough, Murray, Santus, Walsh, Barnard, Zico-Black, Allan, McGuire.
Previous games against Northwich  (in league)
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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