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20th February 2004 
Swansea City
At Aggborough
21/2/04 3:00pm
We had a bit of help in our relegation fight from other teams during the week when Northampton beat Darlington and Cambridge, who are also heading for the drop zone, drew at home to bottom side Carlisle.  Although we mustn't rely on other clubs dropping points it does come as a bonus to us by making our job that little bit easier.

That job gets another tough test this weekend with the visit of a Swansea City side to Aggborough hoping to also get their own faltering season back on track.  They're going through their own bad run that coincided with the Cup run that ended at Cup experts Tranmere Rovers last Saturday.  Just like us, post Wolves, they have only picked up a handful of points since January 3rd (2 to our 3).

They travelled to Boston for a League game on Wednesday night and returned with points shared.  That draw gave Boston one more point advantage over us and will urge the Swans to do better against us.

They'll be without James Thomas for our game after he received a bad cut to his shin in a reserve game against Swindon on Monday.  He'll be out for a few weeks along with Lenny Johnrose (hamstring) and Karl Connolly (thigh).

For us it's another chance to start winning games but with the way things are going I can't see it being just yet.  The club seems to be going through yet another self inflicted internal crisis with Danny Williams the latest player heading for a non-league club.  It wouldn't be so bad if it was with a 2nd Division side or higher but this is with Chester City of the Conference.

Adie Smith opted to go non-league too so does that say something about the future of this club.  It also wouldn't be so bad if the replacements for these players didn't all come from Jan's dinner party guest list.

All this turmoil does no one any good and with our wimpish strikeforce unable to get any where near to scoring I believe this game will be a repeat of last Saturday's game at Southend.

Again it's the usual suspects missing.  Lee Jenkins, ex Swan, is still out injured and there is no sign of him making a comeback yet.  How can you make a comeback if you never came in the first place? What does he look like, any one know?

Kenny Coleman must be getting near to returning but Adam Willis is now the one with the 'strange' injury following his whiplash condition following a car accident at Christmas.

Meanwhile fitness checks are to be carried out Stuart Brock and midfielder Graham Ward who both picked up knocks in last Saturday's defeat but both will probably be fit to play.  Bo Henriksen is also back in training after having a couple of weeks rest in Denmark and will probably be on the bench tomorrow.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Hatswell, Murray, Keates, Coleman, Smith, Hinton, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Ward, Christiansen, Foster, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams.

Swansea from:
Freestone, Murphy, Byrne, Howard, Iriekpen, O'Leary, J Smith, Britton, Coates, Corbisiero, R Jones, Maylett, Nugent, Pritchard, Rewbury, Robinson, Fabiano, Tate, Martinez, Trundle, Hylton, Durkan, S Jones.
Previous games against Swansea City
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 2
4 - 0
2001 - 02
0 - 2
1 - 2
2000 - 01

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