Preview: FC Halifax Town v Harriers
Harriers return to league action tomorrow with a tough trip to The Shay to face in form FC Halifax Town.
The Shaymen have won four of their last five league games leaving them breathing down Harriers' necks in the last of the play-off places. A Harriers win would see them bounce back from last weekend's FA Cup disappointment nicely and open up a gap to their hosts.
Ryan Croasdale is available again after sitting out the Blackpool trip through suspension and will likely come back into the side in place of Ashley Carter. Elton Ngwatala got through an hour of the game at Bloomfield Road unscathed after injury but didn't really influence the game and may find his place taken by Liam Truslove who dropped down to the bench for him last weekend.
As mentioned Halifax have won four of their last five, tasting defeat last time out at the hands of visiting Brackley Town, and five of their last seven. Currently they occupy the last play-off place with one point less than Harriers. Manager Billy Heath will be without the injured Matt Brown but Matt Kosylo is available after injury after coming through a County Cup tie unscathed in midweek. Town should include former Harrier Richard Peniket in their line-up.
Last season the sides met in the league above, a Gurjit Singh goal helped Harriers to a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at The Shay. Since Halifax became FC Halifax the sides have met on six occasions with Harriers winning two and losing one; they have not won at The Shay in that time. Under Halifax's previous guise Harriers had 13 wins to seven from 21 games.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Truslove; Waite, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Carter, Ngwatala, Palmer, Stambolziev.
Missing (injured): Hodgkiss.
Missing (on-loan):J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Sho-Silva, Sweeney, Taylor, Thomas.
Referee tomorrow will be Steven Copeland from Liverpool, like so many of this season's referees making his Harriers debut.
The weather forecast for kick-off time says it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 10°C and a 5% chance of rain. After overnight rain, however, it could be moist underfoot.