Preview: FC United of Manchester v Harriers
Harriers take their shaky away form to FC United this afternoon looking to bounce back from the disappointing midweek defeat at Brackley.
Harriers have not won away from home since winning at Bradford in early December, following that up with a draw and three defeats in the league and have scored just once in those four games. To keep their promotion challenge on track they need to turn that form around and make it more like their home form.
John Eustace will be making at least one change to the side this afternoon, Elton Ngwatala was forced out of the game at Brackley with a shoulder injury that is set to keep him on the sidelines for some time. Liam Truslove will likely come in in his place. There could be changes in attack, also, given the lack of goals in recent away games, Mani Dieseruvwe looking to get back into the starting line-up.
FC United have not had the season that they would have hoped for, rather than being amongst the challengers they find themselves in 13th place, 17 points off the final play-off place. Their recent form has seen them not win at Broadhurst Park for five games. Last time out they came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Gloucester to earn their first victory in eight games.
Earlier in the season the sides met for the first time ever in a competitive match, United winning the game at Aggborough 2-0, the last game that Harriers failed to win on home soil.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Truslove; Waite, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Carter, Ezewele, Knights, A. Palmer, T.Palmer, Taylor, Thomas.
Missing (injured): Ngwatala.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Hodgkiss, Sweeney.
Refereeing the game today will be Declan Bourne from Nottinghamshire. This will be his fourth time in charge of a Harriers game, the previous three all being this season: the cup victories over Tamworth and Weymouth and the Boxing Day draw.
The weather this afternoon is forecast to be showery with a 35% chance of rain and a temperature around 10°C.