Preview: Harriers v Altrincham
Harriers have the opportunity to quickly put aside yesterday's disappointment when Altrincham are the visitors to Aggborough tomorrow.
At York Street Harriers looked set to take all three points but were made to pay for missed chances when The Pilgrims snatched a late equaliser. Harriers will need to continue to create chances tomorrow as managerless Altrincham have the leakiest defence in the division.
John Eustace may stick with the same side that he used yesterday but with less time to recover before the next game on Friday evening could bring in the likes of Sam Austin and Liam Truslove who have yet to start a game this season. Ryan Croasdale impressed on his first start yesterday and will probably continue to fill in for Ashley Carter who serves the second of his three-match ban.
Following yesterday's 4-2 home defeat to Curzon Ashton manager Neil Young has this afternoon resigned, just four months after taking over from Lee Sinnott. Taking temporary charge of the team for tomorrow's game are Alan Goodall, Shaun Densmore and former Harrier Jake Moult. So far this season Alty have managed just three draws and still search for their first victory; the defence has let them down so far conceding an average of three goals per game. Top scorer with three goals is the other former Harrier in their squad James Lawrie.
Last season this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, Harriers' goal coming from Ben Whitfield - who had also scored on his debut in the first fixture between the sides earlier in the season. In all previous meetings Altrincham have slight edge with 20 wins to 17 from 50 games played while at Aggborough there have been nine wins each from 25 games.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Waite, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Hancocks, Palmer, Stambolziev, Sweeney, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Hodgkiss.
Missing (suspended): Carter.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Forsyth, Millichamp, Sho-Silva.
Tomorrow's referee is Aaron Jackson from Liverpool. As is usual this season he is taking charge of his first Harriers game.
The weather forecast for kick-off time says that it will be partly cloudy with a temperature of 21°C and no chance of rain.