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Match preview Vs Brackley Town

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Date: 28-02-17 gif Venue: St James Parkgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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Mani Dieseruvwe The Harriers face the first of three games on the road tomorrow night when we travel east to Brackley Town.  That in itself is unusual seeing as it's nowhere near Manchester and you don't have to take to the M6 carpark to reach it.  We still have to go via the M42/M40 though so there will still be rush hour traffic around Birmingham to cope with.

This will be our first ever visit to Brackley and it'll also be a chance to make up for that home defeat in our first home game of the season when we lost 2-1 to a very good Town side.  The defeat was ironic coming just days after our opening day 6-1 thrashing of Curzon Athletic.

On Saturday, while we were beating Stockport 2-0, Brackley were in Trophy action at York City but, although valiant in their efforts, came away narrowly defeated by a goal from Jon Parkin.  In their last league game they won 3-1 on a Tuesday evening at Gloucester to keep in touch with the play-offs with three games in hand over most above them but just one less than us.  To make sure they don't make up any ground on us, and to enhance our chances of finishing as highly as possible, then we need to get the win.

That's going to be easier said than done looking at our away form of late because although we're second in the current form table (last ten games) we're only in mid table for our away form over the same period.  Our last win on the road came in the 3-1 win at Bradford at the beginning of December so it's a dubious record that we need to end starting tomorrow.

We should be at full strength with the news today that Mani Dieseruvwe (right) is back in training and on Saturday Zaine Francis-Angol came through his return game with flying colours lasting all the ninety minutes on the pitch.  One player who will be looking forward to the game, but not necessarily playing, will be keeper Sam Hornby after he played most of last season on loan at St James Park.

Town are the latest club that former Harrier Matt Barnes-Homer has pitched up at but having only played two minutes for them since signing two weeks ago it's un-likely that he'll start tonight.  He wasn't on the bench for the Trophy game though so he might have gone elsewhere by now.

It goes without saying that like Saturday, in fact like every game now, that this game tomorrow evening is important for us and a game that we must get a result from.  TBH a draw will do me because I think that Brackley are going to want to win the game too.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Hornby, T Palmer, A Palmer, Ezewele, K Lowe, Williams, Carter, Knights, Osborne, Evans, Thomas, Tunnicliffe, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Gnahoua, Truslove, Austin, A Brown, McQuilkin, N'Gwatala, Taylor, Dieseruvwe, Waite.

Brackley Town from:
L Walker, Farrell, Myles, Gudger, Graham, M Lowe, Bowen, Dean, G Walker, Armson, A Walker, Ndlovu, Diggin, Barnes-Homer, Moyo, Cox, Pitt, Noon, Clifton, Rankin, Byrne.

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