Match preview Vs Guiseley AFCVenue: AggboroughDate: 27-04-19Kick off: 15:00hrs

26-04-19 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Guiseley AFC

James O'Connor
James O’Connor
Hoping to build on his first game in charge with a win

We can all breath a sigh of relief at five o’clock tomorrow when this poor season finally comes to an end. No matter what the result is we’ll all be happy to say roll on next August and hopefully a rethink from the owner will have bought in a fresh optimism and a decent manager to actually make us look something near good once again. It’s no secret that the policy followed by the club of giving the educational side priority has been a total disaster for those who pay to watch football and not education.

So Guiseley AFC are our final guests tomorrow and they’ll be in a more relaxed mood after preserving their status in the National North last Monday following a 1-0 home win against Darlington. The crucial goal was scored by Kaine Felix after Kingsley James had missed an earlier penalty. The win sent down Ashton Utd and FC Utd of Manchester who were both hoping the the Lions would slip up.

The same day we were somehow rescuing a point at Southport when Joe Ironside converted a penalty to draw us level to two goals apiece. We could have won the game just seconds from the end when academy graduate Jaiden White almost slotted the ball home but for a good save from the Port keeper Dan Hanford. At least Jimmy O’Connors first game in temporary charge didn’t end in defeat.

With our keeper Brandon Hall still out with a back injury Tom Palmer substituted for him again and it looks like Brandon may be missing tomorrow too. You have to consider the possibility that Palmer is being given game time in readiness for next season with Hall off to pastures new. He may not be the only one with Ironside, Fraser Horsfall, Ed Williams and Declan Weeks all rumoured to be given their cards.

Weeks might play a part in the Guiseley game if his back injury has cleared up while Ryan Johnson, who missed the Southport game with an ankle injury, might be back. There has to be concern about Joel Taylor after he was stretchered off on Monday but no news has come from the club regarding his well-being.

No injury details are known for Guiseley but our former defender Kennedy Digie seems to be struggling to make a breakthrough into the team with his last start coming at home to Alfreton Town towards the end of February. He has since made a cameo appearance from the bench a few weeks ago but that’s it.

The Lions are also managed by another former Harrier with the legendary Marcus Bignot holding the reins at Nethermoor Park.

Will we go out with a whoop or a whimper tomorrow then? Who cares, we have the summer to look forward to.

Photo © KHFC


Harriers from:

Hall, Palmer, Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Penn, Johnson, J Heaton, McAlinden, Weeks, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Truslove, Butterfield, Higginson, Austin, Chambers, Daniels, Ironside, Richards, Williams.

Guiseley AFC from:

Green, Paley, Worsnop, Dewhurst, Thornton, N Heaton, Garner, Langley, Moyo, Halls, Newall, Digie, Boateng, Hatfield, Lazenby, Hogg, Felix, Dyche, James, Purver, Smith, Morrison, Starcenko, Cantrill, Barkers, Clayton, Hussain, Odejayi, Ceesay, Francis.

Referee: Mr Robert Massey-Ellis. Coventry

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Previous games against Guiseley AFC
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
27-10-2018 A Vanarama North 0 – 0   697 (80)
23-01-2016 H Vanarama Premier 0 – 1   1431 (57)
15-08-2015 A Vanarama Premier 1 – 0   756 (70)
18-12-2007 A FA Trophy 1st rd 1 – 2 Penn, Harkness 312 (50)