Preview: AFC Fylde v Harriers
March 17, 2017

Preview: AFC Fylde v Harriers

There's a top-of-the-table clash for Harriers tomorrow as they make their first-ever visit to Fylde.

League leaders Fylde will provide Harriers with a stern test as they look to record their first away win since early December, a run of six games the last five of which have ended in defeat.

Arthur Gnahoua and Elton Ngwatala will again be missing through injury, Daniel Nti and Liam Truslove will most likely continue in their absence although Andre Brown, who this week signed a contract extension for next season, and Darryl Knights will be pushing for starting places.

As well as sitting eleven points clear at the top of the league Fylde also boast the league's leading scorer in Danny Rowe who has 40 league goals so far, more than five teams including Telford, Bradford, Stalybridge and Altrincham.  They also have former Harrier Dan Bradley who is amongst  the top scorers in the league with 16 but most of those came with Alfreton Town.  The Coasters are unbeaten in five and have lost just once in the last eight; last time out they won 2-1 at Gainsborough.

Earlier in the season the first meeting between the clubs ended 3-3 after a thrilling see-saw encounter.  Harriers' goals that day came from Gnahoua, Ngwatala and skipper Keith Lowe.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Truslove; Nti, Waite, Austin.
Subs (from): A. Brown, Carter, Dieseruvwe, Ezewele, Knights, A. Palmer, Taylor, Thomas
Missing (injured): Gnahoua, Ngwatala, T. Palmer.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Hodgkiss, Sweeney.

Referee tomorrow will be Steven Copeland from Liverpool.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 2-0 defeat at Halifax earlier this season.

The weather for the North-West coast at kick-off time tomorrow is forecast to be damp with light rain and a temperature around 11°C.


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