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Preview: Harriers v Salford City
September 10, 2016

Preview: Harriers v Salford City

Harriers take on Salford City for the first time this afternoon in another big clash against one of their promotion rivals.

Tuesday's disappointing defeat at Telford cost Harriers their place in the top five but victory today against the newly-promoted joint leaders could lift them back up as high as fourth but would regardless keep them in the leading pack.

James McQuilkin is available after missing the Buck's Head trip through suspension and may come straight back into the side to provide the spark that was missing on Tuesday.  As well as McQuilkin Liam Truslove will be hoping to get his first start after featuring from the bench in midweek.

Salford, after two successive promotions, are going well again in their first season at this level.  Unbeaten after nine games they are second only on goal difference they have had big wins over Alfreton and Stalybridge, scoring four in each, as well as local derby wins over Curzon and FC United.  Today's visitors will be more familiar than some thanks to the "Class of '92" documentary series that has shown their rise up the leagues.  They have some experienced players in their side such as Simon Grand, Richie Wellens and Mike Phenix who Harriers have encountered before.

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, Carter, Clarke, Digie, Palmer, Stambolziev, Sweeney, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Hodgkiss.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Forsyth, Hancocks, Millichamp, Sho-Silva.

Today's referee is Harriers debutant Darren Strain from Runcorn. Harriers are still yet to see  referee this season that has been in charge of one of their matches previously.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature around 16°C and no chance of rain.

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