Preview: Harriers v Alfreton Town
After two defeats on the road Harriers face a must-win game this afternoon when Alfreton Town are the visitors to Aggborough.
Defeats at Brackley and FC United, without scoring, have knocked Harriers back leaving them in third place in the league and with just one game in hand.
Daniel Nti goes straight into the squad after his move from York City in the week; as a winger he is likely to take the place of Tyrell Waite should manager John Eustace decide to start with him although as a big man he could play down the middle in place of Andre Brown. Skipper Keith Lowe will be able to cement his place as the player with the most starts in the squad after yesterday committing to stay with the club for another season.
Alfreton beat Halifax in midweek to arrest a four-game winless streak; their form has been indifferent throughout the season, with just four wins in the last fifteen games. They find themselves in 17th place on 34 points, just five points ahead of the relegation zone.
Earlier in the season the teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw; Harriers coming back from three down at half time with goals from Liam Truslove (2) and Andre Brown. Overall Harriers have a good record with five wins and two draws from ten games played.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Truslove; Waite, Brown, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, Carter, Dieseruvwe, Ezewele, Knights, Nti, A. Palmer, T. Palmer, Taylor, Thomas.
Missing (injured): Ngwatala.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Hodgkiss, Sweeney.
Today's man-in-the-middle is Martin Woods from Wigan who will be taking charge of a Harriers game for the first time.
This afternoon's weather forecast suggests that it will be cloudy with a temperature of 15°C and no chance of rain.