Match preview Vs Spennymoor TownVenue: The Brewery FieldDate: 01-12-18Kick off: 15:00hrs

30-11-18 - Preview - Spennymoor Town Vs Kidderminster Harriers

Weeks and weeks of games without a win are beginning to take its toll on the Harriers faithful. Last week at home to York City was the beginning of the end for some as I heard talk of not going to Spennymoor this week due to the distance and having to come all the way back home following the inevitable defeat. It wasn’t too long ago that the fans were talking about promotion and how good the team was looking but now that has all dissipated and promotion seems a far away dream.

What has gone wrong with this club? Is it that other teams have sussed out our one dimensional play or is it simply that we’re not as good as we thought we were. Is it a lack of confidence within the team that has seen them shy of the tackle and shy of the goal? It’s true that Ed Williams hasn’t scored in ages with his last goal coming in the home defeat against FC Utd of Manchester five weeks ago but then again we’ve only seen one goal from a recognised striker since then when Ashley Chambers scored at Leamington.

Lee Vaughan
Lee Vaughan
First to reach five bookings

It seems that the manager Neil MacFarlane thinks that could be the problem with the re-signing of George Waring on loan earlier this week. A strange move considering that we’ve just sent Joe Ironside out on loan when there’s not that much difference, style wise, between the two. The fans were asking for a new defender though and not yet another striker.

We’ll be one short of them at Spennymoor with Lee Vaughan the first to reach five yellow cards this season so he’ll be off Christmas shopping tomorrow instead. He’ll regret it. We could also be without another defender too after James O’Connor missed the York game through injury and could miss this one too. Even more reason to have bought a defender in then.

Town have no known injuries and come into this game on the back of the 8-2 thrashing of Lee Hughes‘ Halesowen Town in the Trophy last Saturday. Apart from the shock of the scoreline it was also a shock that Lee failed to get on the scoresheet.

Our hosts have gone above us in the table in recent weeks and now sit in fourth place compared to our fifth but only on goal difference. Four goal home defeats are not good on our table placing let alone our hearts. The biggest indicator of our plight is in the current form table with Spennymoor in fourth while we flounder around in seventeenth place.

It’s going to take a massive effort, and a much improved defensive showing, if we hope to put an end to the slump we find ourselves in. last week it took a minute for our defence to be breached and that wasn’t the first game it’s happened either. It happened in the third minute against Southport too.  Ironically we’ll now have fewer defenders to defend with.

So can we win this game? Well that’s going to be very hard to predict and I don’t feel we’re in the right groove just yet. We could take the pleas to be more defensively aware into the game though and that’s what I think it’s going to be. Grind out a hard earned draw.

Photo © KHFC


Harriers from:

B Hall, Palmer, J Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Penn, R Johnson, Wagner, Baxendale, Weeks, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Austin, Bradley, Chambers, Higginson, Daniels, Richards, E Williams, Waring.

Spennymoor Town from:

Elliott, Gould, Mason, King, C Williams, Atkinson, Thackray, Brogan, Curtis, R Hall, Anderson, Hibbs, Henry, Ramshaw, A Johnson, Chandler, Ellison, Tuton, G Taylor, Boyes, Kempster. 

Referee: Mr Aaron Jackson. Liverpool

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Previous games against Spennymoor Town
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
17-04-2018 A Vanarama North 1 – 1 N’Gwatala 415
21-10-2017 H Vanarama North 2 – 2 McQuilkin, Brown 1406 (28)