Gowling V Vadaine – Let Battle Commence
Mansfield Towns defeat at Wrexham has given the Harriers an extra spring in their step, but ex-Imp Josh Gowling will be under no illusions as Simmo’s six-foot soldiers come to Kidderminster today.
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Saturday 6th April K.O 3pm
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However the Imps are a very different side to the one he left in September with the former star always gracious towards the club and fans, who he wishes well in our relegation crusade. Where once we were push-overs, now we are a tightly bound and physical unit. Simmo could as easily play Oliver on his own, with the runs of Power or Taylor ensuring there is plenty for the Harriers, normally composed, defence to worry about. They have not seen this kind of set-piece threat for some time, with every throw from the half-way line onward, as good as any free-kick or corner.
The tenacity of the Imps defensive midfield duo of Mo and Todd is also quick to break up the flow of footballing sides, as Cambridge and others have found to their cost of late. But the Imps can play too, when we get a chance, suggesting the game could go either way. We need to keep it tight or Kidderminster will play us, as they do most in this division, off the park. However as Braintree showed they can concede goals in the face of an aerial bombardment. Here Vadaine Oliver could be the deciding factor, either scoring himself or providing the scraps for Taylor or Power to feed on.
With things still so tight this and the Luton game (Tues), will be two tough asks. But the pressure you feel is on the hosts, with the Imps able to go for broke knowing a Tamworth home game awaits next Saturday. Two good results beforehand could see a massive crowd as the Bamk bounce-back gathers momentum.