Preview: Harriers v Nuneaton Town
In-form Nuneaton Town provide the next test for Harriers when they visit Aggborough tomorrow.
Defeat at Salford in midweek took the wind out of their sails but Nuneaton come to Aggborough on the back on five wins in seven and will be no pushovers for Harriers who need a victory themselves to keep pace with leaders Fylde who stretched their lead back up to nine points with a midweek win, although Harriers now have a game in hand.
Harriers have a near full squad to choose from with only goalkeeper Sam Hornby on the sidelines; defenders Ashley Carter and Josh Ezewele missed out on last weekend's win over Telford with minor knocks but should be OK to take part if selected. Experienced defender Jared Hodgkiss who made the bench last time out after a long spell out with injury has this week joined Torquay United on loan for a month which should help him get back to full fitness.
As previously mentioned Nuneaton's 4-0 defeat at Salford in midweek was their first in seven league games; they drew with Brackley last weekend but prior to that had won five games in-a-row, form which had lifted them from just above the relegation zone to relative safety in 13th place. Manager Tommy Wright, himself a former Harrier with two substitute appearances to his name in 2011, will include former Harrier Kelvin Langmead as his captain and could include Exodus Geohaghon and former trialist Greg Mills.
Earlier in the season the sides met at Liberty Way with goals from James McQuilkin and Mani Dieseruvwe giving Harriers a 2-0 lead. Since Nuneaton renamed in 2008 Harriers have won four of the seven games played with two draws while in all games against Town and Borough since 1945 Harriers lead the series 17 wins to 12 from 39 meetings.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): A. Palmer; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Knights, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Carter, Hancocks, T. Palmer, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Hornby.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hodgkiss, Sho-Silva, Sweeney.
The referee tomorrow will be Simon Mather from Manchester who will be taking charge of his first Harriers game.
The weather is forecast to be cloudy at kick off time after earlier showers with a temperature of 7°C and a 15% chance of further rain.