Gowling V Tommo Looks A Charming Contest
A quality player in his AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham FC and Lincoln days, Kidderminster Harriers life and soul Centre-back Josh Gowling is set to lock horns with Ben Tomlinson tomorrow. It will be an interesting contest pitching the current Imps gladiator, determined to get back on the goal trail, against an ex-Imp who always seemed to struggle against the BSP hard-men.
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Josh’s 90 match career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford. The ligament damage would keep him out for the season, but typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances. Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal. The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2. Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure before leaving us on transfer deadline day thanks to a by mutual consent pay-off that paved the way to him joining the Harriers.
Josh Gowling still has a soft spot for Lincoln, but the move saw his and the Harriers form go though the roof as soon as he joined the heart of the defence. He has been tough to beat, but Josh, without doubt a thinking man’s centre-half, does not like in your face centre-forwards, suggesting Tomlinson could strike lucky tomorrow. Josh and James Grimes will certainly win the battle in the air against Tomlinson but Andrew Boyce will be a different kettle of fish for the central defensive pair at set-pieces with brave Ben the favourite to feed on any scraps. Tommo is not frightened to get in amongst the flying boots in the six-yard box, the traditional hunting ground of the poacher.
That is where one feels the Lincoln threat will come from tomorrow with Kidderminster’s local media claiming Lincoln will come for a point and attempt to strangle the game. In truth the Imps have little option given a tough away trip to the second placed team in the division, possessing a budget twice our own with plenty of quality all over the park. Despite injuries The Harriers have plenty of experience in depth to counter the Lincoln never say die attitude that has seen them punch above their financial weight so far this season.