Date: 27-02-24 Match preview Vs Solihull Moors Venue: Damson Park Kick off: 19:45hrs

26-02-24. Solihull Moors Vs Kidderminster Harriers. Match preview

Preview: Phil Lench

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas …
Hoping for his first start

The Harriers will be making a second attempt to play Solihull Moors tomorrow evening after the original date for the game was a wash out due to the torrential rain that had been coming down all day. In a way it was a good thing for the hundreds of Harriers fans about to set out because the away fan facilities are non-existent and next to useless. There is cover behind the goal but if you want to sit down and stay dry then forget it. The seats are open to the elements.

We just have to hope that it doesn’t rain then although it has been forecast across the area from the early afternoon onwards.

On Saturday 705 of us had a superb day out in Oldham helping the Athletic fans celebrate the homecoming of their chairman Frank Rothwell following his epic solo row across the Atlantic. Goals from Alex Penny and Reiss McNally sealed the three points for us and gave us hope that if we could do that to them then we could do the same to Solihull.

We came away from the game with just the one injury worry when Shane Byrne was subbed at half time with a tight hamstring. He’ll possibly be rested tomorrow rather than aggravate it so that could mean that Regan Griffiths will get his first start. The others out injured; Matt Preston and Sam Robinson, aren’t too far off a return and when I spoke to them they said about three weeks until the comeback begins. Nat Knight-Percival is having to wait a little longer and is looking at the final few weeks of the season for his return.

One of our four new signings, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, was on the bench but didn’t come on while the other three; Seb Thompson, Todd Miller and Cole Kpekawa were all sat in the stand. Phil Brown might be tempted to rest a few more tomorrow so we might see two of those make an appearance but only if it would be safe to do so with our survival being more important than giving new players game time.

The Moors are having another good season and sit in fourth place in the table. On Saturday they beat Hartlepool Utd 2-1 at home but they are beatable there having lost at home to Altrincham at the beginning of the month.

It’s up to us to make sure they are not allowed to consolidate their play-off place just yet and equally as important that we don’t lose this game if we want to consolidate our future in the National League. Even better would be to win though.

Photo © AFC

Referee: Mr James O’Connor. Chesterfield

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Previous games against Solihull Moors
Played: 30Won: 23Drew: 1Lost: 6
DateH/AComp:ScoreGoalsAtt: (away)
16-09-2023HNational League0 – 1 3016 (506)
Previous games as Solihull Borough      
18-03-2002HWSC Semi Final2 – 1Faulds, Lewis383
19-12-2000HWSC 2nd rd3 – 1Foster, Bennett, Bird443
17-04-2000HWSC Final3 – 0Pope, Taylor 2887
27-04-1998HWSC Final2 – 1Casey, Weir739
26-04-1993HWSC Final 2nd leg2 – 1Davies 2783
24-03-1993AWSC Final 1st leg0 – 1Forsyth353
     Previous games as Moor Green
24-04-2002HWSC Final 2nd leg0 – 1 539
04-04-2002AWSC Final 1st leg0 – 2Doyle, Shilton339
28-03-2001HWSC Semi Final0 – 1 311
03-12-1991AWSC 2nd rd0 – 4Hadley 2, Davies 2356
21-10-1986ATSB Trophy Final1 – 4Davies 3, Hazlewood600
17-08-1985HTSB Trophy4 – 0Davies 3, Powell301
02-09-1978HFA Cup preliminary rd5 – 0Haywood 2, Mullen 3 
29-04-1965HWest Midlands League7 – 0B Wassall 3, Gosling 2, O’Brien, Taylor 
25-03-1965AWest Midlands League2 – 6B Wassall 2, P Wassall, Gilbert 2 
13-04-1964HWest Midlands League8 – 0P Wassall 4, B Wassall 2, Gosling, Gilbert 
08-04-1964AWest Midlands League1 – 5B Wassall 2, Gilbert 2, P Wassall 
21-09-1963AFA Cup 2nd qual rd1 – 2Gilbert 2 
24-11-1962AWest Midlands League2 – 1B Wassall 
01-08-1962HWest Midlands League7 – 0Price 2, B Wassall 2, Gilbert 2, Hardiman 
03-04-1962ABirmingham District League1 – 2Barber, Wood 
27-01-1962HBirmingham District League2 – 0Beasley, Wright 
17-12-1960ABirmingham District League1 – 2Wood 2, Barber 
10-09-1960AFA Cup 1st qual rd2 – 3Moss, Lane 2 
22-08-1960HBirmingham District League1 – 1Cochrane 
24-04-1947ABirmingham Combination1 – 4Hackett 2, Halliday, Salters 
23-11-1946HBirmingham Combination3 – 2Grosvenor, Froggart 
15-04-1946ABirmingham Combination1 – 0  
29-09-1945HBirmingham Combination2 – 1Ashby, Woolley