Preview: FA Trophy - Harriers v AFC Telford United
December 10, 2016

Preview: FA Trophy - Harriers v AFC Telford United

Harriers go in search of a fifth consecutive victory this afternoon when AFC Telford visit Aggborough in the FA Trophy 1st Round.

As well as keeping their current run of good form going Harriers will be looking to gain revenge for the defeat suffered at The New Buck's Head earlier in the season in the league.

John Eustace has a full squad available, with the exception of Jared Hodgkiss; Darryl Knights is available and could make his first appearance since April 2010 when he scored in a 3-3  draw at Mansfield Town.  In the last round the manager rested key players but Telford will offer a sterner test and he will most likely play his best eleven, sticking with the side that beat Bradford last time out.

Despite being one of the few sides to have beaten Harriers this season Telford are not having the best of campaigns, sitting in 14th place just five points ahead of the relegation zone.  Both manager Rob Smith and defender Paul McCone, a one-time Harriers trialist, have both been quoted as saying Harriers are the best team that they have seen this season, possibly trying to lull Harriers into a false sense of security as reports are that they have a number of key players missing.  Gianluca Havern, Dwayne Samuels, Jack Rea and Conor McCarthy are all doubtful through injury while Elliot Hodge is cup-tied.

As previously mention Telford won the league game at the New Buck's Head earlier in the season with a tight 1-0 victory in a game that Harriers dominated but could break down the home defence.  This will be the first time that the sides have met in a cup tie since Telford reformed as AFC Telford; in the seven league games played so far there have been two wins each.

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

Today's referee is Richard Hulme from Somerset who is taking control of his first Harriers game.

The weather this afternoon is forecast to be miserable with rain predicted for kick-off time and a temperature of 10°C.


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