Preview: Harriers v Lincoln United
November 26, 2016

Preview: Harriers v Lincoln United

There's a break from league action for Harriers this afternoon when Lincoln United visit in the FA Trophy.

Harriers will be looking for a third win in a week following on from 3-0 victories over Gainsborough and Gloucester that have lifted them up to third in the league.

John Eustace has a near full squad to choose from with only Jared Hodgkiss on the injured list after Zaine Francis-Angol came through the midweek win over Gloucester unscathed.  The manager will probably stick to close to the same side that beat The tigers to ensure that there are no slip-ups against a team from two leagues lower.

Lincoln come to Aggborough in good form unbeaten in their last eight games.  A slow start to the season and a number of cup ties means that they are currently 16th in their league - the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - but they have games in hand on the clubs around them, up to seven in some cases.  They have recently lost one of their key players, midfielder Jack McGovern moved to Gainsborough Trinity and made his debut at Aggborough last weekend.

The teams have met before, in the Second Round of the FA Trophy in 1998-99, two goals from Mark Yates at Aggborough were not enough to earn a win, the game ending 2-2.  In the replay United came out on top 2-1 with Harriers' goal coming from Paul Webb.

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

Today's referee is Matthew Donohue from Stockport.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 6-0 home win over Tamworth earlier this season.

The weather this afternoon is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a cool temperature of 5°C and no chance of rain.


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