Preview: Barrow v Harriers
A place in the FA Trophy Quarter-Final is the prize for Harriers tomorrow as they face National League National Division side Barrow at Holker Street.
The Bluebirds are going well in the National Division and will provide another stern test for Harriers as they look to reach the last 8 for the first time since 2010 when they beat Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium.
Zaine Francis-Angol faces a fitness test before he can take part in the game, he missed out in last weekend's 4-0 win over Nuneaton with a minor knock but Josh Ezewele should continue if he is unable to take part. Sam Hornby is the only other injury but Alex Palmer will continue to deputise and will look back fondly on last season's league meeting at Holker Street when he saved two penalties.
Barrow currently lie in sixth place in the top division, three points off a place in the play-offs but with a game in hand over Dover. Despite their good league position they have won just three of their last eleven games; their only win in the last seven league games, however, came against FA Cup heroes Lincoln City. Barrow themselves did well in the FA Cup, reaching Round Three before being knocked out by Rochdale.
Last season the teams met in the league, both games ending all-square with a Reece Styche goal and the aforementioned Palmer penalty saves ensuring the game at Holker Street ended 1-1. Overall Barrow have the upper hand with 14 wins to nine from 29 games played but in the FA Trophy there have been two draws and a Harriers win.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): A. Palmer; Williams, Ezewele, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Knights, A. Brown, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, Carter, Dieseruvwe, T. Palmer, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Francis-Angol, Hornby.
Missing (cup-tied): Hancocks.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hodgkiss, Sho-Silva, Sweeney.
The referee tomorrow will be Steven Rushton from Staffordshire. This will be his eighth time in charge of a Harriers match; most recently he did last season's matches with Macclesfield Town. Overall his seven previous games have seen four Harriers wins and two draws.
Tomorrow's weather is forecast to be mostly sunny at kick-off time with a temperature of 6°C and a 5% chance of rain.