Preview: Lancaster City v Harriers
September 30, 2016

Preview: Lancaster City v Harriers

Harriers take on Lancaster City for the first time ever tomorrow in the FA Cup's Third Qualifying Round.

A place in the Fourth Qualifying Round with the National League clubs and a cheque for £7500 is the prize for the victors tomorrow.

Harriers go into the game in form; a four-game unbeaten run and five clean sheets in the last seven games should see them go into the encounter at The Giant Axe with confidence.  John Eustace has a full squad to choose from; Liam Truslove will hope that his two-goal match-saving performance coming off the bench at Alfreton last weekend is enough to earn him his first start of the season.  He limped away from a midweek friendly at Stourport with ice on his knee but should be OK to take part.  The other subs from the game with North Street, Sam Austin and Andre Brown, also impressed and are pushing for their first starts.

Lancaster, The Dolly Blues, are themselves in good form with a six-game winning streak which includes victories over Brighouse and Darlington in the FA Cup.  Tomorrow's game will be their fourth FA Cup tie of the season having started out with victory at West Auckland in the Preliminary Round.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, Truslove, Ngwatala; Waite, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Carter, Clarke, Hodgkiss, McQuilkin, Millichamp, Palmer, Stambolziev, Taylor, Thomas.
Missing (On-Loan): J. Brown, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Sho-Silva, Sweeney.

The referee tomorrow will be Billy Khatib from Tyne and Wear.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done a 3-2 defeat at Altrincham in April 2010.

Tomorrow's weather is forecast to be damp with light rain at kick-off time and a temperature of 14°C.


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