FA Cup 2nd qualifying round
Match preview Vs Atherstone TownDate: 22-09-18Venue: AggboroughKick off: 15:00hrs

21-09-18 - Preview - FA Cup 2nd Qual Rd - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Atherstone Town

Lee Vaughan
Lee Vaughan
Hopefully not injured tomorrow

It’s FA Cup time again for the Harriers but for our visitors tomorrow, Atherstone Town, it’ll be their fourth game in the cup and also the fourth time in a row that they have to travel to a game. So far they’ve done well in beating Hanley FC 4-1 then Bedworth Utd 3-1 before getting through to meet up with us by winning 1-0 at Quorn Town. Now they’ll be hoping to grab a bigger scalp by, at least, getting a result at Aggborough.

We used to be regular sparring partners back in the past when we were both in the West Midlands Leagues but our paths have changed since the 60’s and 70’s and we now play four levels apart with them now being in the Midland Football League (Division One) while we have progressed to the National North via the Football League. 

We have met three times before in the FA Cup with the most recent in October 1992 when goals from Richard Forsyth and Jon Hanson saw us through to play Exeter City at home with us exiting the competition by a solitary goal. The two other games came back in the mists of time when we first met them in 1908 winning 4-2 and then a few years later in 1911 we faced them again and won again. This time 2-0 but none of us were there so we have no memories of those two games.

The only member of the Atherstone squad that we have an history of is James Dance. He played us for the 2013-14 season and scored three times in nineteen games. He went on to play for Rushall Olympic, Stafford Rangers and Chasetown before joining Atherstone at the start of the current season.

We come into this game on the back of our first setback of the season when we came away from a miserably rain swept Chester with our first defeat of the season. The 3-1 scoreline looked good for us seeing as Chester should really have won at least 5-1. A penalty from Ed Williams midway through the second half was possibly our only shot on target all evening and we looked poor all over the pitch. We just have to hope that it’s now out of our system and we can get back to winning ways tomorrow.

We should have no injury problems but there could be a doubt with Lee Vaughan after he took a bad knock to the shin and that could well have ballooned up since then. We have also let another out on loan this week too with Ed Wagner going to Redditch Utd for a month long loan. With Liam Truslove going out on loan to Rushall Olympic last week we’re looking a little thin on the ground considering we’re allowed to have up to seven substitutes for FA Cup games. 

Atherstone will be looking forward to this game with them having come this far on the back of some very good results. They’ll be thinking that they could win this one too but I think that by Monday we should find ourselves being drawn out of the hat for the next series of games when we could come up against yet another team from our distant past.

Photo © KHFC


Harriers from:

Hall, Palmer, Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Digie, Vaughan, Johnson, Baxendale, Weeks, Austin, Bradley, Chambers, Daniels, Richards, E Williams, Ironside.

Atherstone Town from:

O’Neill, Beeson, Goodby, Gould, Kirton, Haines, Cartwright, Bilic, Thomson, Walker-Donovan, Baxter, Obi, Mullings, Quinn, Gray, Dance, Ruff, Elkes, Eggleton, Naughton, Harris, M Williams, O’Neill-Martin.

Referee: Mr Lewis Smith. Wigan

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Previous games against Atherstone Town
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
Previous games as Atherstone Utd
24-10-1992 H FA Cup 4th qual 2 – 0 Forsyth, Hanson 1139
Previous games as Atherstone Town
30-09-1974 H Southern League Cup 1st rd replay 2 – 3 P Wassall 2 768
03-09-1974 A Southern League Cup 1st rd 2nd leg 3 – 2 B Wassall, Yates  
26-08-1974 H Southern League Cup 1st rd 1st leg 3 – 2 Yates, Wright 2 549
30-04-1973 H Southern League 1st Div North 1 – 1 Lander  
19-09-1972 A Southern League 1st Div North 3 – 1 B Wassall  
29-04-1972 A West Midlands Premier League 1 – 1 Ball  
14-08-1971 H West Midlands Premier League 2 – 0 P Wassall, Brady 776
08-05-1971 A West Midlands Premier League 1 – 0    
05-12-1970 H West Midlands Premier League 2 – 1 P Wassall, Jackson  
04-04-1970 A West Midlands Premier League 1 – 1 Henderson  
15-11-1969 H West Midlands Premier League 4 – 1 B Wassall, Henderson, P Wassall, Smith  
18-01-1969 H West Midlands Premier League 1 – 1 Watson 913
31-08-1968 A West Midlands Premier League 2 – 6 P Wassall 3, B Wassall, Henderson 2  
27-01-1968 H West Midlands Premier League 2 – 2 P Wassall, OG  
04-11-1967 A Birmingham Senior Cup 3rd rd 2 – 1 Watson  
05-09-1967 A West Midlands Premier League 2 – 4 B Wassall 2, P Wassall, Gilbert  
01-10-1966 H West Midlands Premier League 6 – 3 Henderson, B Wassall, P Wassall, Gilbert 3  
24-09-1966 A West Midlands Premier League 2 – 2 Holbutt 2  
28-04-1966 A West Midlands Premier League 0 – 4 Wyatt, Gilbert 2, O’Toole  
16-04-1966 H West Midlands Premier League 8 – 3 Wyatt 2, Attwood, Dixon, B Wassall 3, P Wassall  
24-04-1965 A West Midlands League 3 – 2 Gilbert, Naylor  
12-12-1964 H West Midlands League 8 – 1 B Wassall 2, P Wassall 2, Gosling, Gilbert, Dixon 2  
04-04-1964 H West Midlands League 6 – 1 P Wassall 3, Price, Gilbert 2  
19-10-1963 A West Midlands League 1 – 4 Gilbert, Cox, Conway, Redding  
20-10-1962 H West Midlands League 3 – 2 Hardiman 2, Jones  
01-08-1962 A West Midlands League 2 – 1 Gilbert  
09-12-1961 H Birmingham & District League 3 – 2 Wright 2, Meigh  
28-10-1961 A Birmingham & District League 2 – 2 Lyndon, Wheeler  
25-03-1961 A Birmingham & District League 2 – 2 Wood, Lane  
12-11-1960 H Birmingham Senior Cup 3rd rd 3 – 0 Shuck, Lane, Wood  
05-11-1960 H Birmingham & District League 2 – 0 Barber, Lane  
27-10-1954 H Worcester Senior Cup SF 2 – 3 Lesz, Millington  
31-12-1951 H Birmingham Senior Cup 3rd rd replay 2 – 0 Paxton 2 2695
17-11-1951 A Birmingham Senior Cup 3rd rd 2 – 2 Bury, Russell  
04-01-1947 A Birmingham Combination 2 – 1 Grosvenor  
28-12-1946 H Birmingham Combination 3 – 2 Lewis, Lilley, Zambra  
16-03-1946 A Birmingham Combination 3 – 1 Hackett  
23-02-1946 H Birmingham Senior Cup 2nd rd 1 – 0 Wilder  
10-11-1945 H Birmingham Combination 1 – 2 Lewis  
09-09-1911 H FA Cup  2 – 0 ?  
19-09-1908 A FA Cup 2 – 4 ?