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Match preview Vs Chorley FC


Date: 18-02-17 gif Venue: Victory Parkgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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Josh O'Keefe Last Saturday we almost came a cropper when we allowed Curzon to claw two goals back after we went into a fifteen minute, three goal lead.  A brace from James McQuilkin sandwiched one in the middle from Andre Brown and we looked to be heading for another cricket score win.  Weirdly we then took our foot off the gas and in a diabolical second half almost threw the game away.  Luckily we came to our senses and stopped the Nash earning a deserved equaliser although they came very close when a header looped just wide of the upright.

Tomorrow we come up against a Chorley side that have been chasing our tails in and around the play-offs all season.  They held is to a scoreless draw in the third game of the season and that was down to them arriving at Aggborough determined to shut us out.

Last Saturday they showed that they can also stage comebacks, like Curzon, when they were three goals down at the break to FC United but after the break went one better than Curzon by drawing level in the final minute of the game.  A game that had six minutes of extra time due to the FC keeper refusing to leave the pitch after getting red carded.

On Tuesday evening they did us a big favour by losing 3-1 at Boston and that dropping of points leaves us still well placed above them and with two games in hand now on most of the other clubs in the mix.  Only Halifax and Stockport have one game difference.

They have former Harrier Josh O'Keefe (right) in their team still after he signed for them from Altrincham in the close season.  He's well remembered at Aggborough for being not very good but no doubt he'll now go and score against us tomorrow.

Earlier this week we signed Josh Ezewele on a contract until the end of the season after he was mutually released by Yeovil.  His loan spell had come to an end with us but no doubt it could have been extended until the end of the season but this deal now means that he belongs to us and so would any future transfer monies.

Back in training this week is the man he replaced after he got injured.  Zaine Francis-Angol has now recovered from his injury although he had also recovered a few weeks back for the Telford game but then his injury cropped up again and he missed the last two games.  Which one plays tomorrow is anyone's guess.

We have no other injuries but Chorley have just the one with striker Jason Walker (knee) out for another couple of weeks.

This is going to be one of our toughest games of the season but having conceded six goals in their last two games we can see that their defence is suspect.  We have to be out of the blocks quickly and really pressure that weak defence but then we have to hold on.

I wouldn't like to forecast this one.

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

Chorley FC from:
Ashton, Branagan, Caunce, Azam, Beesley, Blakeman, Challoner, Charnock, Jordan, Leather, Sheron, Teague, Cottrell, Samizadeh, Jarvis, Lynch, O'Keefe, Roscoe, Whitham, Carver, Myers, McDaid, Sampson.

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Previous games against Chorley FC
Harriers score first
2016 - 17
0 - 0
1989 - 90
3 - 1
0 - 1
1988 - 89
0 - 2
3 - 1

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