Match Preview: Kidderminster Harriers (H)

Bradford (Park Avenue) meet Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy first round proper once again this Saturday.

The draw sees the two sides meet after being drawn against each other in both the FA Cup and the Trophy last season.

Technically, out of the three matches played, Avenue didn’t lose, however Kidderminster won in extra time of the replay in the FA Cup, following two draws (above, Alex Davidson celebrating his goal in the first of those). Bradford won 2-1 at the Horsfall later in the season in the FA Trophy. Chib Chilaka in particular enjoyed the games, scoring in two of them, despite only starting in the third.

The home side go into the match off the back of an excellent three match winning run, with victories over Farsley, Harrogate Town and Leamington in three different competitions.

Danny Frost has been one player in particular to benefit from those matches, scoring five goals, including two stunners from outside the box- one with each foot. Frost has benefited from playing in behind the strikers, as he did in the Harrogate and Farsley matches. However with two different formations used in those games, it is difficult to foresee how he will be deployed for the visit of the Harriers.

Joe Colbeck is another man in excellent form, as the former Bradford City and Grimsby man finds his feet at this level. He has scored 3 in the last 4 games, and has made a fantastic contribution to the all round team play, causing problems with his pace and delivery.

The defence also managed to keep its first clean sheet in 6 games at Harrogate with a fine performance. That was unfortunately spoiled with a poor goal conceded against Farsley, but in that game in form keeper John Danby made a fantastic penalty save. Danby has been pulling off save after save for a number of weeks now, and a clean sheet was more than worth his hard work, as he plucked a free kick out of the top corner in stunning fashion with the score at 1-0 against Harrogate.

With the team all performing well, coupled with a very good performance by the fringe players in the County Cup on Monday, it is difficult to predict John Deacey’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Trophy tie.

This is especially difficult given the switch to three at the back at Harrogate, which Deacey said was made after watching Harrogate and to stop them playing how they like to play. But with Deacey pointing out that it was clearly the best Avenue performance of the season, he would be forgiven for sticking with it.

Kidderminster come to the Horsfall in indifferent form, struggling to pick up a good run of results following an excellent start to the season which saw them win 4 and draw 3 of their first 7 games. Theyhave, however, had 11 days to prepare to the match, due to the FA Cup, following their victory over Nuneaton last time out.

League form (Last 5 matches)

Bradford (Park Avenue)
Colwyn Bay (A) D 0-0
Solihull Moors (H) L 3-2
North Ferriby (H) D 1-1
Brackley Town (A) L 2-1
Harrogate Town (A) W 2-0

Kidderminster Harriers
Bristol Rovers (A) D 1-1
Grimsby Town (A) W 2-0
Wrexham (H) D 1-1
Altrincham (A) L 2-1
Nuneaton Town (H) W 3-1

Admission prices

Adults – £11.00

Senior Citizens – £7.00

Students (on production of a current NUS card) – £7.00

Under 16s – Free

Armed forces personnel (on production of warrant card) – Free

In the event of a draw in that match, resulting in a replay at Aggborough, the tie would be played this Tuesday (16th December), with a kick off time of 7.45pm. For that, ticket prices will be as follows:

Adults – £10.00

Concessions – £5.00

Under 16s – Free