Preview: Blackpool v Harriers
November 5, 2016

Preview: Blackpool v Harriers

The biggest game of the season so far for Harriers comes tomorrow when they head to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool in the FA Cup.

It will be Harriers' first appearance in the First Round Proper for three years since facing and beating Sutton United on the way to the Fourth Round.

John Ea]ustace will have to make at least one change to the side that won the last two games; Ryan Croasdale sits out the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game at Harrogate Town.  Elton Ngwatala is close to fitness and should return to the side in his place, but should he not make it Ashley Carter is the most likely replacement for Croasdale.  With nine players currently out on loan and seven subs allowed in the FA Cup there could be one or more academy players, such as Mitch Evans, included on the bench to fill the teamsheet out.

Blackpool, who currently sit 15th in League Two, will also be without a player through suspension as Tom Aldred has five yellow cards.  Manager Gary Bowyer will also have to be without the injured former Harrier Dean Lyness and Jack Redshaw.  One former Harrier who should feature, though, is striker Jamille Matt.  The Tangerines' form has been indifferent of late with just one win in six games and two in their last ten; last time out, however, they came from behind to rescue a point at Cheltenham Town.

The teams have met twice before, bac k in Harriers' Football League days when Blackpool ran out comfortable winners twice in 2000-2001, 4-1 at Aggborough and 5-1 at Bloomfield Road.

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

The referee tomorrow is Martin Coy from County Durham.  This will be his fifth time in charge of a Harriers game, his most recent one being last season's 1-0 defeat at Guiseley.  In total he has overseen two Harriers wins and two defeats.

The seaside weather at tomorrow's 2pm kick-off time is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature of 8°C and a 15% chance of rain.


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