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Preview: Alfreton Town v Harriers
September 23, 2016

Preview: Alfreton Town v Harriers

Harriers return to league action tomorrow with a trip to mid-table Alfreton looking to bounce back from the defeat at Telford in their last away game.

Harriers have won five of their last six, all without conceding a goal, the only aberration that defeat at The New Buck's Head.  Sitting in third place victory could lift them to the top of the league.

John Eustace has a fully fit squad to choose from with James McQuilkin who missed the FA Cup win over Tamworth with a hamstring injury available again and likely to come back into the side.  Two players who won't feature are youngsters Kennedy Digie and Dan Sweeney who have been sent out on loan this week - Digie to Halesowen, making his debut in the derby game against Stourbridge, and Sweeney to Stourport.

Alfreton currently sit in thirteenth place on twelve points.  Their current form is not great as they have lost four of their last five in the league and only Altrincham have conceded more goals.  Indeed they have conceded five on three occasions and have conceded at least three in six of the last seven.  They have made moves in the transfer market this week offloading their former Harriers: midfielder Dan Bradley has joined Fylde while striker Evan Garnett has been loaned to Buxton.

The sides last met the season before last; Alfreton won the game at North Street 2-0 but Harriers had won the earlier meeting at Aggborough 3-0.  Overall Harriers have a good record with five wins to three from nine 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, Brown, Carter, Clarke, Hodgkiss, Palmer, Stambolziev, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Millichamp, Sho-Silva, Sweeney.

Tomorrow's referee is Ricky Wootton from West Riding.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game, having done the 2-1 win over Stalybridge earlier this season.

The weather in Derbyshire tomorrow afternoon is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 20°C and no chance of rain.

 

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