Preview: Altrincham v Harriers
April 17, 2017

Preview: Altrincham v Harriers

Harriers can clinch a place in the play-offs this afternoon if they can beat already relegated Altrincham at Moss Lane.

AFC Fylde can end Harriers' hopes of catching them at the top of the league, a win over Bradford would mean that Harriers can only draw level with them and their goal difference is far superior, but a win would make Harriers safe in hte play-off places.

John Eustace may be forced into at least one change to the side that beat Boston on Friday; Josh Ezewele left that game early with an injury and may have to sit this one out, his place either going to Tyrone Williams or Jared Hodgkiss who would be making his 100th appearance for the club.  Manny Sonupe again looked lively coming off the bench and may hope to start the game in place of Sam Austin provided that Arthur Gnahoua is again unable to feature.

Altrincham have had a season to forget, while Harriers and FC Halifax who were relegated at the same time have challenged at the top of the league The Robins have been in the relegation zone since early September and were the first team to be relegated.  Although they won at Curzon Ashton on Friday they have won just tthree times in the last ten games, losing six.  There should be a couple of familiar faces in the Alty side in the shape of former Harriers James Lawrie, who is their leading league scorer, and Jake Moult.

Earlier in the season a Gnahoua goal gave Harriers a 1-0 win in the game at Aggborough.  Overall Altrincham head the series of games between the clubs with 20 wins to 18 from 51 games played.  At Moss Lane they lead 11 wins to eight from 25 meetings.

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

Refereeing the game today will be Simeon Lucas from Blackburn.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature of 10°C and a 10% chance of rain.


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