Match preview Vs Southport Venue: Aggborough Date: 09-04-22 Kick off: 15:00hrs

08-04-22 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Southport

Preview: Phil Lench

The return to form that we saw in the 5-0 win against Curzon Ashton appeared to be something of a false dawn. There was us thinking that after a poor run of results we’d need just one win to set us back on our way again. A lacklustre draw at Bradford (PA) followed by Tuesday evenings dire home defeat against an agricultural Alfreton Town saw that sunny dawn soon cloud over.

Let’s face it we’re just not as good as we thought we were. The poor run started with the Farsley Celtic game back at the end of February and in the nine games since then we’ve accrued a grand total of six points from a possible twenty seven. Playoff form? More like relegation form!

Now we face Southport at Aggborough tomorrow. They too are on a run of negative results but in their last nine games they’ve picked up seven points from their twenty seven possible so slightly better than the Harriers. 

We won’t be at full strength for the game with Geraldo Bajrami out for a few more weeks, Alex Penny back in training but probably too soon to return, Lewis Montrose was missing, still ill, on Tuesday night and now we have Sam Austin doubtful after getting injured in the dying minutes of the Alfreton game. Some say it was concussion but I thought that he was limping as he was being helped off meaning that it could be the Achilles problem that he’s supposedly being managed with.

Southport sit in seventh place in the league table and have just about squeezed into the current playoff places due to their better goal average than the other two sides on fifty points: Darlington FC and Kettering Town. Their points total still leaves them twelve points behind us, but with a game in hand, so it’s up to us to stretch that difference a little and also to keep in touch with a certain team in third place above us.  

The last thing we want is to be heading the other way into fifth place, then sixth, then…. you know what I’m getting at. The answer to that is to win, to beat Southport, to score goals, to get three points, to keep the fans happy and above all to give us the confidence to finish as high as we possibly can as long as it’s third.


Teams:

Harriers from:

Simpson, Emery, Richards, Cameron, Foulkes, Moyo, Nolan, Penny, Bajrami, Lowe, Austin, Redmond, Lissimore, Montrose, Carrington, Martin, Freemantle, Bastable, Tolley, Hemmings, Bell, Morgan-Smith, White, Sterling-James, Stenson.

Southport from:

Mason, McMillan, Anson, Bainbridge, Corrigan, C Doyle, J Doyle, Edwards, Tharme, Benjamin, Hmami, Munro, Oliver, Walton, Watson, Woods, Vassallo, Archer, Buckley-Ricketts, Newell.

Referee: Mr Aaron Bannister. Wakefield


Shanes Opposition Stats Pack:

Away from home in the league: (P17, W5, D4, L8). Spennymoor 3-2, Fylde 2-1, Brackley 1-0, York 3-1, Leamington 1-1, Guiseley 0-2, Blyth 1-2, Curzon 0-0, Gloucester 0-1, Kettering 2-1, Chester 5-0, Telford 0-3, Boston 1-1, Hereford 0-1, Chorley 2-1, Darlington 1-0, Alfreton 2-2

Goals (all competitions): 17 – Carver (left club), 16 – Archer, 6 – Woods, 4 – Watson, 4 – Tharme, 4 – Hmami, 3 – Bainbridge, 2 – Walton, 2 – Vassallo, 1 – Oliver, 1 – Newell, 1 – Munro, 1 – C Doyle, 1 – Anson, 1 – Own goal.

The streaks (league only):

Games since last win: 6

Games since last away win: 3

Games since last draw: 1

Games since last away draw: 0

Games since last defeat: 0

Games since last away defeat: 1

Games since last clean sheet: 5

Games since last away clean sheet: 3

The Squad (appearances are starts + sub, includes both league and cups):

Goalkeepers: Cameron Mason (P39, conceded 48, saved 4out of 6 penalties), Tony McMillan (P3, conceded 4).

Defence: Adam Anson (P41, 1 goal), Jack Bainbridge (P39, 3 goals), Ryan Corrigan (P5), Chris Doyle (P22, 1 goal), Jack Doyle (P40), Liam Edwards (P 11, on loan from Bolton), Douglas Tharme (P32, 4 goals, on loan from Blackpool).

Midfield: Russ Benjamin (P8), Josh Hmami (P30, 4 goals including 1 penalty), Charlie Munro (P34, 1 goal), Charlie Oliver (P40, 1 goal), Tyler Walton (P15, 1 goal), Niall Watson (P26, 4 goals including 2 penalties), Connor Woods (P32, 6 goals), Dylan Vassallo (P40, 2 goals).

Attack: Jordan Archer (P38, 16 goals), Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (P22), George Newell (P5, 1 goal).

Another team looking to sneak into the back door of the play offs. Southport have endured a rough patch lately with their last win coming at Hereford on 26the Feb. However, the barren run since then has counted teams in and around them, the exception being Alfreton in a game that I’m sure was football at its finest…

We remember the reverse fixture at the start of the season when The Port were struggling. It was a hard, physical game with Tharme’s long throws a major threat. Marcus Carver got himself a move to Hartlepool but Jordan Archer has stepped up in his absence.


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Previous games against Southport
Played: 40Won: 19Drew: 10Lost: 11
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
28-08-2021 A Vanarama North 1 – 1 Hemmings 903 (112)
07-03-2020 A Vanarama North 1 – 2 Lowe, Hemmings 903 
30-11-2019 H Vanarama North 0 – 1   1206 (70)
22-04-2019 A Vanarama North 2 – 2 Butterfield, Ironside 956 (138)
03-11-2018 H Vanarama North 1 – 4 O’Connor 1513 (63)
27-01-2018 H Vanarama North 3 – 0 Sonupè, Horsfall, Ironside 1968 (99)
09-09-2017 A Vanarama North 0 – 3 Longbottom, Brown 2 901 (69)
30-04-2016 A Vanarama Premier 3 – 4 McQuilkin, N’Gwatala, Williams, Garnett 1473 (152)
17-10-2015 H Vanarama Premier 0 – 1   1593 (89)
28-12-2014 H Vanarama Premier 0 – 1   1883 (76)
09-09-2014 A Vanarama Premier 1 – 0   769 (80)
22-03-2014 H Skrill Premier 1 – 1 Malbon 1818 (71)
12-10-2013 A Skrill Premier 1 – 2 Lolley, Blissett 1018 (143)
23-03-2013 A Blue Square Premier 1 – 3 Gash, Malbon, Rowe 949 (212)
08-09-2012 H Blue Square Premier 2 – 2 Storer, Malbon 1650 (104)
07-04-2012 A Blue Square Premier 1 – 2 Malbon, Jones 1544 (244)
27-08-2011 H Blue Square Premier 2 – 0 Byrne, Williams 1763 (89)
29-10-2010 A Blue Square Premier 2 – 2 Morris, McPhee 1447 (45)
17-08-2010 H Blue Square Premier 3 – 4 Briscoe, Wright, Williams 1417 (102)
30-12-2006 A Nationwide Conference 0 – 1 Reynolds 1016 (200)
19-09-2006 H Nationwide Conference 2 – 0 White, Hurren 1258 (44)
28-01-2006 A Nationwide Conference 1 – 4 Jackson, Harkness, Christie, Russell 1076
22-10-2005 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 1 – 0   1108 (135)
27-08-2005 H Nationwide Conference 1 – 1 Hatswell 1753 (77)
15-04-2000 A Nationwide Conference 0 – 1 Midgeley 2033
13-11-1999 H Nationwide Conference 5 – 0 Druce 3, Petersen 2 1404
19-12-1998 A Nationwide Conference 1 – 1 Hines 976
26-10-1998 H Nationwide Conference 2 – 1 OG, Arnold 1780
14-02-1998 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Arnold 1612
11-10-1997 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 2 Doherty, Deakin 1200
26-04-1997 H Vauxhall Conference 3 – 0 Davies, Brindley, Olney 3139
31-08-1996 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   1423
09-12-1995 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 3 Casey, Webb 1664
30-09-19951 A Vauxhall Conference 0 – 2 Davies 2 1164
28-01-1995 H Vauxhall Conference 0 – 1   1851
03-09-1994 A Vauxhall Conference 4 – 1 Davies 1168
12-03-1994 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 0 Weir 2 3877
18-12-1993 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1  Davies 1739
17-02-1986 H FA Trophy 3rd rd replay 6 – 1 Davies 2, Casey 3, Buckland 1113
08-02-1986 A FA Trophy 3rd rd 1 – 1 Casey 1902