Match preview Vs FC Utd of ManchesterVenue: AggboroughDate: 20-10-18Kick off: 15:00hrs

19-10-18 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs FC Utd of Manchester

Harriers take on bottom placed FC Utd of Manchester at Aggborough tomorrow and will be desperate for all three points to enable us to close the gap on Chorley FC. They’re five points clear of us at the top but with them in FA Cup action against Barrow AFC now is a good time to breathe down their necks.

FCUM will also be hoping for all three points for the opposite reason as they’ll be wanting to climb away from the bottom spot where they’ve been for most of the season. A win for them would take them above fellow strugglers Southport who are also still in the cup at home to Ashton Utd tomorrow. But we don’t want them to win do we?

Late yesterday afternoon they appointed a long awaited new manager following the resignation of Tom Greaves at the end of August following poor results. They will now have Neil Reynolds in charge following our game but no doubt he’ll be at Aggborough to run the rule over his new charges. He’s joined them from Bamber Bridge where he helped them gain promotion to the Northern Premier League via the play-offs.

In their home game against Darlington last Saturday they had both Sam Tattum and Lewis Mansell sent off for second yellows. They lost that game 2-1 with the goal coming from Theo Brierley. The previous week they lost 2-1 at home to Witton Albion in the FA Cup and had three players sent off with Harry Winter and Elliott Inacio both going for two yellows while Kurt Willoughby  was given a straight red for violent conduct and will miss three games. Winter and Inacio both served their punishment last week.

Under caretaker manager Dave Chadwick they have bought players in with Brierley coming in after leaving Stoke City, Cole Lonsdale (Bolton Wanderers) and goalkeeper Jordan Perrin on loan from Wigan Athletic.

We were without Dan Bradley last week at Bradford (Park Avenue) after he came down with a bug. He should be ok for tomorrows game and will battle with Joe Ironside for a place in the starting eleven. Barring unknown, untold late reasons we’ll be hoping that Ed Williams will be adding to his tally for the season so far by knocking a few more home just as he did late on at Bradford to give us the win.

Ryan Johnson should also be back in contention too following service with Northern Ireland last weekend and he may have to be content with a place on the bench.  


Harriers from:

Hall, Tom Palmer, Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Digie, Vaughan, Johnson, Baxendale, Weeks, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Austin, Bradley, Chambers, Higginson, Daniels, Richards, Williams, Ironside.

FC Utd of Manchester from:

Allinson, Sajjad, Crellin, Perrin, Affleck, Ashworth, Dempsey, Lynch, O’Halloran, Priestley, Senior, Thompson, Lonsdale, Brierley, Bannister, Barnes, Crawford, Donohue, Palinkas, Jones, Logan, O’Donnell, Tyrell Palmer, Winter, Dickinson, Litchfield, Simmoes, Egan.

Referee: Mr Thomas Parsons. Oldham

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Previous games against FC Utd of Manchester
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
23-01-2018 H Vanarama North 4 – 0 Croasdale, IronsideWaring, N’Gwatala 1375 (137)
12-08-2017 A Vanarama North 1 – 2 Sonupè 2 1946 (100)
04-03-2017 A Vanarama North 1 – 0   2456 (175)
22-10-2016 H Vanarama North 0 – 2   2177 (342)