National North – Play off eliminator
Match preview Vs Boston UtdDate: 12-05-22Venue: AggboroughKick off: 19:45hrs

11-05-22 - Preview - Play off eliminator - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Boston Utd

Preview: Phil Lench

The Harriers enter the start of the final phase of this long season tomorrow evening when we take our first step in the play off finals for the 2021/22 season.

Alex Penny
Alex Penny
Must be looking forward to the Boston game

Our reward for finishing fourth is that we get to play our first game at home so this eliminator game is against seventh placed Boston Utd and has to be won on the day if we hope, or Boston, to be playing at AFC Fylde on Sunday afternoon. Tonight York City will be entertaining Chorley FC in the first of the eliminators and the winner of that game will then be away at Brackley Town on Saturday.

If the Harriers hordes want to travel to Fylde then first we have to put paid to Bostons hopes.

In recent games we’ve been a little below par, with our performances, having lost spectacularly at Leamington FC and then seemingly drifting to a win at home to Darlington FC last Saturday. Now we have to step up a gear, or five, and really go for this big chance to get ourselves back into the National League Premier after losing our place there in 2016 (six years ago????. Thanks Colin).

We should be at full strength for the game with the only worry being Amari Morgan-Smith who has a toe injury picked up in the Guiseley AFC game two weeks ago. Ethan Freemantle replaced him against Leamington and Darlington but failed to convince many that he’d be a good enough choice to play if AMS fails to make it. Sadly we have no other choice in that position and will have to make do.

One player who will be looking forward to the game is our own Alex Penny. He used to play for Boston and will be eager to put one over his old team.

Boston finished their season with a draw at home to Gloucester City and a win at Farsley Celtic, nearly relegating them in the process until Guiseley lost to two late goals at Alfreton Town and relegating them instead.

The Pilgrims could be fielding a weakened side with Brad Nicholson (knee), Matt Tootle (calf), Tom Platt (ankle), Joe Leesley (knee) and Jordan Burrow (ankle) all missing in recent weeks. They should still be able to field a strong side though and will be hopeful of causing an upset.

They should also be bringing a healthy following too with three coaches already booked and over 300 tickets sold. Along with our 3000 + sold it’s going to be a noisy occasion and, hopefully, our fans will be the noisier ones by the end of the game.

Photo © KHFC


Teams:

Harriers from:

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

Boston Utd from:

Crook, Dewhurst, Duxberry, Ferguson, Garner, Nicholson, Seriki, Shiels, Tootle, J Wright Snr, Abbott, Armond, Byrne, Dimaio, Green, Leesley, Platt, Rollins, Sault, Shanks, Thanoj, Burrow, Elliott, Hanson, Massanka, Preston, Wright Jnr.

Referee: Mr Aaron Bannister. Wakefield


Shanes Opposition Stats Pack:

Away from home in the league: (P21, W8, D4, L9) Fylde 1-0, BPA 1-2, Leamington 2-0, Gateshead 3-1, Blyth 0-1, Chester 4-0, Southport 4-1, Kettering 2-3, Gloucester 0-0, Spennymoor 1-1, Hereford 2-1, Harriers 3-1, Guiseley 0-1, Alfreton 1-1, York 0-1, Darlington 2-1, Chorley 2-1, Curzon Ashton 0-4, Brackley 0-1, AFC Telford 1-1, Farsley Celtic 0-2.

Goals (all competitions): 27 – Elliott, 11 – Wright Jnr, 10 – F Preston, 6 – Shiels, 5 – Byrne, 5 – Leesley, 4 – Burrow, 2 – Abbott, 2 – Duxbury, 2 – Ferguson, 2 – Garner, 2 – Green, 2 – Hanson, 2 – J Preston (left club), 2 – Pollock (left club), 1 – Own goal.

The streaks (league only):

Games since last win: 0

Games since last away win: 0

Games since last draw: 1

Games since last away draw: 1

Games since last defeat: 3

Games since last away defeat: 4

Games since last clean sheet: 0

Games since last away clean sheet: 0

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

Goalkeepers: Marcus Dewhust (P32, conceded 42. Saved 1 from 4 penalties. On loan from Sheff Utd), Peter Crook (8, conceded 13. Saved 1 from 2 penalties. Returned from loan with Peterborough Sports).

Defence: Scott Duxbury (P33, 2 goals), Keenan Ferguson (P32, 2 goals), Scott Garner (P24, 2 goals), Kyron Gordon (P5. Returned to Sheff Utd), Brad Nicholson (P13), Femi Seriki (P10. On loan from Sheff Utd), Luke Shiels (P44, 6 goals), Matt Tootle (P29), Jake Wright Snr (P13).

Midfield: Brad Abbott (P7, 2 goals), Finlay Armond (P1), Shane Byrne (P47, 5 goals including both penalties taken), Connor Dimaio (P14. Returned from loan with Curzon Ashton), Paul Green (P22, 2 goals), Tom Platt (P44) Fraser Preston (P37, 10 goals), Ben Sault (P2), Connor Shanks (P0. On loan from Huddersfield), Andi Thanoj (P5).

Attack: Jordan Burrow (P28, 4 goals), Danny Elliott (P48, 27 goals including 10 out of 11 penalties), James Hanson (P14, 2 goals. On loan from Farsley Celtic), Joe Leesley (P38, 5 goals. On loan from Harrogate Town), Ntumba Massanka (P11. On loan from South Shields), Jay Rollins (P2), Jake Wright Jnr (P25, 11 goals including 1 penalty).


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Previous games against Boston Utd
Played: 48Won: 18Drew: 9Lost: 21
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
22-02-2022 H Vanarama North 3 – 1 Hemmings, Austin, Morgan-Smith 2823 (49)
18-12-2021 A FA Trophy 3rd rd 4 – 1 White 975 (48)
11-12-2021 A Vanarama North 1 – 2 Penny, Hemmings 1345 (76)
25-01-2020 A Vanarama North 2 – 0   1278 (79)
07-12-2019 H Vanarama North 1 – 3 Moyo 1102 (86)
11-01-2019 H Vanarama North 1 – 2 Ironside 1249 (54)
01-09-2018 A Vanarama North 0 – 2 Williams, Chambers 1129 (72)
30-03-2018 A Vanarama North 3 – 2 Bradley, Waring 1158 (101)
28-11-2017 H FA Trophy 3rd qual rd replay 2 – 0 N’Gwatala, Ironside 604 (14)
25-11-2017 A FA Trophy 3rd qual rd 2 – 2 Brown, Ironside 732 (58)
02-09-2017 H Vanarama North 1 – 1 Sonupè 1463 (59)
14-04-2017 H Vanarama North 1 – 0 N’Gwatala 2056 (107)
27-08-2016 A Vanarama North 1 – 1 OG 1047 (97)
23-11-2005 A LDV Trophy 2nd rd 0 – 3 Christie 2, Blackwood 1131 (49)
23-04-2005 A Coca Cola League 2 3 – 0   2053 (170)
06-11-2004 H Coca Cola League 2 0 – 4   2208 (124)
08-05-2004 H Nationwide Division 3 2 – 0 OG, Williams 3047 
29-11-2003 A Nationwide Division 3 2 – 2 Hinton, White 2147 (97)
22-02-2003 A Nationwide Division 3 3 – 0   2485 
07-09-2002 H Nationwide Division 3 0 – 0   2222 
16-01-1993 H Vauxhall Conference 0 – 2   954
29-08-1992 A Vauxhall Conference 0 – 3 Davies, Grainger, Forsyth 1228
30-03-1992 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 3 Davies 1009
31-08-1991 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 2 Whitehouse 1319
30-03-1991 A Vauxhall Conference 3 – 1 Wilcox 1276
22-09-1990 H Vauxhall Conference 3 – 3 Davies, Howell, Forsyth 1033
03-03-1990 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 3 Forsyth 1119
07-10-1989 A Vauxhall Conference 2 – 3 Howell, Whitehouse, Forsyth 1409
22-04-1989 H Vauxhall Conference 0 – 2   1163
12-11-1988 A Vauxhall Conference 0 – 2 OG, Davies 1658
02-02-1988 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0 Jones 1029
22-08-1987 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   1560
22-04-1987 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 2 Jones 728
06-09-1986 A Vauxhall Conference 2 – 1 Casey 1009
19-04-1986 A Alliance Premier 2 – 1 Casey 1316
21-12-1985 H FA Trophy 1st rd 5 – 2 Casey 2, Davies, Tuohy, OG 647
30-11-1985 H Alliance Premier 3 – 2 Tuohy, OG, Casey 562
26-01-1985 A Alliance Premier 2 – 3 Powell, McGowan, Hollis 1383
01-09-1984 H Alliance Premier 2 – 0 Powell, Davies 459
10-12-1983  A Alliance Premier 2 – 3 Davies, Roberts, Powell 744
03-09-1983 H Alliance Premier 1 – 1 Jones 443
02-03-1968 A West Midlands League 0 – 1 Marshall  
18-11-1967 H West Midlands League 1 – 1 Henderson  
25-01-1967 A West Midlands League Cup 1 – 2 P Wassall, Gilbert  
19-09-1966 H West Midlands League 0 – 1   2425
22-08-1966 A West Midlands League 4 – 2 P Wassall, Gilbert  
13-04-1959 A Southern League NW 4 – 1 Burns 3580
28-02-1959 H Southern League NW 1 – 1 Staples