Match preview Vs Blyth SpartansVenue: AggboroughDate: 04-01-20Kick off: 15:00hrs

03-01-20 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Blyth Spartans

Harry Higginson
Harry Higginson
Hoping for another big chance tomorrow

We’re almost at the end of a disappointing festive period of games now with just Blyth Spartans to play tomorrow afternoon. We got off to a bright start with the Boxing Day win at home to Hereford FC but since then it’s gone downhill a bit.

Our next game was at Brackley Town two days later and, although we had a great first half, the game ended in defeat and Rhys Williams sent off. On New Years Day at Hereford we turned out our worst display so far and lost 2-1. Both of Hereford goals were gifts while they even went and scored ours for us too.

Now we come up against the second from bottom Blyth and we’re going to have to improve our game once again if we hope to achieve the expected win. It’ll have to be done without both Williams and Ryan Johnson though with both players suspended on red cards. Johnson was lucky not to pick up another red card at Hereford yesterday after the referee, wrongly, awarded them a penalty when Johnson got the ball cleanly but the Bulls defender fell over him. Another day another ref would have sent him off.

 Expected to replace at least one of those two will be Harry Higginson but that still leaves another space to fill. We could dip into the loan market now the window has re-opened but with this phantom board that’s very unlikely.

In comparison to us struggling Blyth have had a slightly better Christmas. On Boxing Day they won at Gateshead and then drew the return game a week later at their place. In between they lost at home to Darlington but they have still gained one more point than we did.

They’ve had their squad reduced slightly with Lewis Ritson and Levi Amantchi returning to their parent clubs, following the end of their loan spells, while Irishman Dylan McGlade has returned to his homeland with home sickness and Blyth cancelled his contract.

We still have a couple of injuries to contend with. Ashley Chambers has been out with a hamstring injury since the Altrincham game before Christmas while Declan Weeks has been out with a toe injury since the Guiseley game a week earlier. Hopefully they’ll both be returning to the side soon. 

Photo © KHFC

STOP PRESS: Keith Lowe has re-joined the Harriers until the end of the season.


Harriers from:

Mannion, Palmer, Mountjoy, Davidson, Higginson, Moyo, D Lowth, Lowe, Prosser, Weeks, Taylor-Randle, K Scott, Butterfield, Shenton, Austin, Chambers, Fuller, E Williams, Freemantle, S Lowth, Peniket, Hemmings.

Blyth Spartans from:

Hemming, Evans, Callaghan, Devitt, Hutchinson, Thackray, Sanders, Mouanda, Mullen, Horner, O Scott, Hawkins, Hunter, Fenwick, Dale, Sweet, Wrightson, Roberts,  McKeown.

Referee: Mr Simeon Lucas. Blackburn

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Previous games against Blyth Spartans
Played: 7Won: 4Drew: 2Lost: 1
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
07-09-2019 A Vanarama North 1 – 1 Prosser 796 (50)
23-02-2019 A Vanarama North 3 – 3 Horsfall, Ironside, Williams 705 (50)
08-09-2018 H Vanarama North 3 – 1 Chambers, Horsfall, Williams 1570 (27)
07-04-2018 A Vanarama North 1 – 2 Croasdale, Sonupè 738 (100)
23-09-2017 H Vanarama North 5 – 4 Brown, Pearson 2, Sonupè, Wright 1524 (71)
25-10-1997 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 2 – 1 Casey 656
06-02-1982 H FA Trophy 2nd rd 2 – 1 Mullen 2 1182