Preview: Salford City v Harriers
Harriers make their first-ever visit to Salford City tomorrow to take on one of the teams challenging for promotion.
Second-placed Harriers, needing victory to keep up the pressure on leaders Fylde, face one of the divisions in-form sides in Salford whose recent form has lifted them up to fifth in the league.
Ryan Croasdale is suspended following his sending-off in the Boxing Day game at Bromsgrove; his place is likely to be taken by Ashley Carter although Liam Truslove will be hopeful of taking his place also. After coming off the bench and impressing in the New Year's Day local derby Sam Austin is another pressing for a space in the starting line-up either at the expense of Tyrone Williams who he replaced last week or Tyrell Waite. On the injury front Sam Hornby is the only definite absentee, Alex Palmer will continue in his place.
Salford's form over the last ten games has been the fourth best in the league behind Tamworth, Harriers and league leaders Fylde, picking up 18 points from a possible 30 moving them up into the last of the play-off places, six points behind Harriers. Over the Christmas holiday they beat Bradford Park Avenue home and away without conceding a goal and have in fact kept six clean sheets in their last eight league games.
Earlier in the season in the first meeting between the clubs Harriers came out on top with the only goal of the game coming from James McQuilkin.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): A. Palmer; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Carter, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Waite, Dieseruvwe, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Hancocks, Hodgkiss, Knights, T. Palmer, Sho-Silva, Sweeney, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (suspended): Croasdale.
Missing (injured): Hornby.
Missing (on-loan): Forsyth.
Tomorrow's referee is Kelvin Sarsfield from Lancashire. This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 6-1 Opening Day victory at Curzon Ashton earlier this season.
The weather forecast suggests that at kick-off time it will be cloudy after earlier showers and fog with a temperature of 9°C and a 10% chance of rain.