Preview: Curzon Ashton v Harriers
Proper football returns tomorrow as Harriers begin their National League North adventure in Ashton-under-Lyne.
John Eustace takes his managerial bow with a full squad to choose from and a number of players set to make their debuts. Sixteen players in the squad have yet to make a competitive appearance for Harriers, the majority of whom will make their bow at the Tameside Stadium: any goalkeeper - Sam Hornby, Jono Brown or Tom Palmer - defender Ashley Carter, midfielders Liam Truslove and Robert Stambolziev and attackers Tyrell Waite, Andre Brown and Mani Dieserivwe should all feature. The side will be led by Keith Lowe who takes over as captain from Jared Hodgkiss while key to the outcome will be the performances of James McQuilkin, Elton Ngwatala and Arthur Gnahoua.
Curzon finished last season right in the middle of National League North, in eleventh place rarely troubling either end of the table. John Flanagan's side contains few players who will be familiar to Harriers fans; most notable are the likes of defender Danny Hall who was previously with Guiseley and midfielder Liam Tomsett formerly with Hyde.
The clubs have met just once before - Harriers triumphing 2-0 in an FA Cup tie at Aggborough in 2008 with goals from Stefan Moore and Mark Creighton.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Hodgkiss, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Carter, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Waite, A. Brown, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, J. Brown, Clarke, Dieseruvwe, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Millichamp, Palmer, Stambolziev, Sweeney, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove, Williams.
Tomorrow's referee is Kelvin Sarsfield from Lancashire. This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.
The weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon suggests that it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 21°C and no chance of rain.