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Preview: Chorley v Harriers
February 17, 2017

Preview: Chorley v Harriers

There's a massive game for Harriers tomorrow as they travel north to take on fourth-placed Chorley.

Victory for Harriers over one of their main rivals for promotion would throw down a big marker in their chase of leaders Fylde.

John Eustace has a near full squad to choose from - only Sam Hornby and Zaine Francis-Angol are on the sidelines.  With Francis-Angol out Josh Ezewele should continue to fill in, celebrating making his move to Aggborough permanent earlier in the week following the completion of his loan from Yeovil.  To get the victory Harriers will have to end a run of three games away from home without a goal and breach one of the meanest defences in the league - only Harriers themselves have conceded less goals.

Chorley's season has been built upon their defence, 14 clean sheets from their 29 games have kept them in amongst the leading pack all season long and in the top four since early October.  Their recent form has dropped off, though, and they have just one win in the last five games and their normally strong defence has conceded three in each of the last two games.  There should be one familiar face in their line-up as Josh O'Keefe is a regular part of their midfield.

Earlier in the season the sides played out one of Harriers' only two goalless draws of the season.  The sides last met at Victory Park in February 1990 with Chorley coming out on top by the only goal of the game; overall there have been two wins each in the five games played.

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

The referee will be Billy Khatib from Tyne & Wear.  This will be his second Harriers game of the season, having done the FA Cup tie at Lancaster, and third overall.  The two previous games have seen one Harriers win and one defeat.

The weather is forecast to be damp with light rain at kick-off time with a temperature of 11°C.

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