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Preview: Harriers v Weymouth
October 15, 2016

Preview: Harriers v Weymouth

Harriers take a break for league action again today when Weymouth are the visitors in the FA Cup.

The stakes are high at this 4th Qualifying Round stage with not just £12500 pounds available to the winners but a place in the First Round Proper with the teams from Football League One and Two.

Harriers should be at full strength with jared Hodgkiss the only player still on the sidelines through injury; Liam Truslove has shaken off the injury that has kept him out of the squad for the last two matches and Zaine Francis-Angol returns after missing the draw with Fylde last weekend.

Weymouth currently sit in 11th place in the Southern League Premier Division, the same league as Redditch United who are just two points ahead of them, but their league progress has been held up by their cup run.  So far they have won through three rounds beating Paulton Rovers 2-1, Gosport Borough 3-2 and Brimscombe & Thrupp 6-0.  Manager Jason Matthews has Jake Wannell and Chris Shephard doubtful through injury while Aaron Rodriguez is unavailable.

The sides last met in January 2009 at Aggborough when Weymouth won 2-0 in a Conference encounter.  Terras boss Matthews was in goal for them a year earlier in an FA Trophy replay when he saved twice in a penalty shoot-out to knock Harriers out.  Overall Harriers have a poor record against Weymouth with 9 wins to 21 from 42 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, Millichamp, Palmer, Stambolziev, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Hodgkiss.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Sho-Silva, Sweeney, Taylor.

Refereeing the game today is Declan Bourne from Nottinghamshire.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the Second Qualifying Round tie against Tamworth earlier this season.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be mostly sunny with a temperature of 15°C and no chance of rain at kick-off time, although there could be some rain before the end of the game.

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