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Preview: Harriers v Gloucester City
November 22, 2016

Preview: Harriers v Gloucester City

Harrirs entertain Gloucesters City for the first time in 18 years this evening when The Tigers visit for a National League North game.

Following Saturday's victory over Gainsborough Trinity Harriers moved back into the play-off positions and could move as high as third this evening with another win providing that Tamworth don't beat Stockport at The Lamb.

Tyrone Williams is available again after missing Saturday's win through suspension and even though Sam Austin performed well in his first start Williams should return.  Ashley Carter should continue at left back, though, as Zaine Francis-Angol is not yet fully fit but is progressing well.

City, sitting in ninth place, are just four points behind Harriers and have been in good form for most of the season and have been as high as sixth.  They have lost their last two games, although they did manage to score against Chorley where most sides have failed, but won the three prior to that.  There should be some familiar faces in the City side this evening, goalkeeper Jasbir Singh, midfielder Calvin Dinsley and striker Craig Reid are all former Harriers who are in the squad.

The sides last met in October 1998 when goals from Paul Webb and Mark Yates gave Harriers a 2-1 win in the FA Cup.  In 50 post-war meetings City have a slight edge with 22 wins to 21 although at Aggborough Harriers lead the series 15-7 from 26 games.

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

Referee this evening will be Darren Strain from Runcorn.  This will be his second Harriers game,earlier this season he was in charge of the 1-0 win over Salford.

This evening's weather is forecast to be cloudy at kick-off time with a temperature of 6°C and a 20% chance of rain.

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