Match preview Vs Blyth SpartansVenue: AggboroughDate: 31-10-20Kick off: 15:00hrs

30-10-20 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Blyth Spartans

Tomorrow sees only our second home game of the season so far and struggling Blyth Spartans are the ones to visit an empty Aggborough.

Omari Sterling-James
Omari Sterling-James
Hoping to continue his scoring run

On the back of two fine away wins – at Darlington and Chorley FC – the Reds will be hoping to get their first home win. Our first game of the season seems to be an age away but that 2-1 home defeat to Chester FC will now be confined to a memory. We followed that up with a win at Darlington before we then had a free weekend when the Alfreton Town game was called off due to a COVID related incident.

Last week a strong second half rearguard effort at Chorley bagged us all the points following a first half brace from Omari Sterling-James. That win at a place not known to be conducive to good football was well deserved by a team that fought all the way.

Amari Morgan-Smith missed that game and will miss this one too as he serves the second, and final, part of his red card suspension while there might be an appearance for Jim Kellermann after he had been expected to be coming back last Saturday but didn’t.

Blyth have played four games so far (compared to our three) and sit four places from the bottom of the table with just the one point in their tally. That 1-1 draw came in their second game at home to AFC Telford Utd with the goal coming from Paul Blackett. He also scored in the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of the early seasons pacesetters Gloucester City.

In a bid to improve their chances of beating us they bought in the former Leicester City and Walsall midfielder, Michael Cain, yesterday on a short term deal following an injury to Liam Agnew that will see him miss tomorrows game. If picked he’ll team up with the former Harrier Simon Heslop in the middle of the park.

On paper this is a game we should win and after last weeks strong performance at Chorley it looks to be a home banker. It doesn’t works like that though.

Photo © KHFC


Harriers from:

Simpson, Palmer, Richards, Austin, Lowe, Moyo, Penny, Arthur, Maxwell, Taylor, Montrose, Prosser, Kellermann, Martin, Freemantle, Hemmings, White, Sterling-James.

Blyth Spartans from:

Pearson, Young, Evans, Thackray, Cunningham, Nelson, Charlton, Elsdon, Sakellaropoulos, Scott, Guy, Heslop, Griffiths, McKeown, Dart, Katsamagkas, Cain, Thomson, Blackett, Russell, Gbolahan.

Referee: Mr David McNamara. Preston

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Previous games against Blyth Spartans
Played: 8Won: 4Drew: 2Lost: 2
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
04-01-2020 H Vanarama North 0 – 1   1532 (35)
07-09-2019 A Vanarama North 1 – 1 Prosser 796 (50)
23-02-2019 A Vanarama North 3 – 3 Horsfall, Ironside, Williams 705 (50)
08-09-2018 H Vanarama North 3 – 1 Chambers, Horsfall, Williams 1570 (27)
07-04-2018 A Vanarama North 1 – 2 Croasdale, Sonupè 738 (100)
23-09-2017 H Vanarama North 5 – 4 Brown, Pearson 2, Sonupè, Wright 1524 (71)
25-10-1997 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 2 – 1 Casey 656
06-02-1982 H FA Trophy 2nd rd 2 – 1 Mullen 2 1182