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Preview: Harriers v FC United of Manchester
October 22, 2016

Preview: Harriers v FC United of Manchester

Harriers have to put the FA Cup to the side for a while now, starting with this afternoon's visit of FC United to Aggborough.

A victory this afternoon could lift Harriers above their nest opponents Harrogate who they visit on Tuesday, and will keep them firmly entrenched in the leading group of clubs.

John Eustace will be without Jared Hodgkiss, again, who is still suffering from a hernia and Elton Ngwatala who picked up a shoulder injury in last weekend's FA Cup victory over Weymouth.  Ngwatala's absence should pave the way for Liam Truslove to make his first start of the season; injury prevented him from coming into the team after scoring twice at Alfreton coming off the bench but another scoring substitute appearance last week strengthened his claim for a place in the team.

FC United currently sit in 16th place in the league with 14 points from their 14 games and have just one win from their last six and three wins in total.  They will be without Dale Johnson who was sent off in last weekend's defeat at Telford.

This will be the first competitive meeting of the clubs, the only other encounter was a pre-season friendly that ended 1-1.

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

Today's referee is Daniel Middleton from Derbyshire.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game, although he has done youth team games in the past.

This afternoon's weather forecast suggests that at kick-off time it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 12°C and no chance of rain.

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