Preview: Harriers v Tamworth
Harriers face the first of two stiff tests against Tamworth this week at Aggborough this evening.
Tonight's game sees fourth take on sixth in the league, at the weekend they will play for £4500 and a place in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round.
manager John Eustace doesn't tend to make too many changes to the startling line-up but with two games in close succession against the same opposition he may be tempted to switch things around. Andre Brown, Liam Truslove and Robert Stambolziev have all featured from the bench consistently throughout the season so far but have yet to make a single start between them, they will all be pushing for that unwanted stat to change.
Tamworth have been in decent form lately and have moved up to sixth in the table just one point behind Harriers. They have won four of their last five games and have scored 18 goals in that span, including five in each of their last two away wins at Alfreton and Curzon Ashton. In recent seasons when the sides have met The Lambs have had a number of former Harriers in their ranks but the team at the weekend featured just one - Joe Clarke who was with Harriers briefly last season.
The sides last met three years ago with Harriers winning both home and away. The fixture at Aggborough ended 5-3 with goals from Anthony Malbon, Joe Lolley, Amari Morgan-Smith (2) and Kyle Storer. In games played since 1945 Harriers lead the series with 36 wins to 17 from 68 games played.
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.
Tonight's referee is Matthew Donohue from Manchester. As usual he is taking charge of a Harriers game for the first time.
The weather forecast for kick-off time this evening suggests that it will be partly cloudy with a temperature of 21°C and a 5% chance of rain although thunderstorms are due through the area in late afternoon and could still be in evidence.