Preview: Harriers v Darlington
December 17, 2016

Preview: Harriers v Darlington

This afternoon Harriers have another big game when Darlington visit Aggborough in the league.

Promotion-chasing Darlington come to Aggborough out of form and Harriers will be looking to record a sixth straight win to keep up the chase of leaders AFC Fylde.

Ryan Croasdale is back in the squad today after missing last weekend's FA Trophy win over Telford for the birth of his son.  Ashley Carter performed well in his absence and will be hoping to keep his place in the team; Darryl Knight's looked lively coming off the bench for his first appearance since returning to the club and will be pressing for a place in the starting line-up as will Mani Dieseruvwe who came off the bench to score last week.

Darlington have been amongst the league leaders all season long but have recently seen a dip in form that leaves them without a win in four games.  Draws against Fylde and Salford and defeats at Tamworth and Telford have seen them slip down the table to fifth but they are still only two points behind Harriers.

Earlier in the season Arthur Gnahoua's strike and a strong rearguard action gave Harriers a 1-0 win in the first meeting of the clubs.  Before Darlington reformed as Darlington 1883 the sides met 19 times with Harriers winning nine and losing six, while at Aggborough Harriers lead 6 wins to two from eleven games.

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

Today's referee will be Rob Massey-Ellis from Birmingham who will be taking control of a Harriers game for the first time.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature of 8°C and no chance of rain.


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