Preview Harriers V Imps – Park The Bus Lads!
Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs. The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.
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But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business. Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.
Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned. It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.
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The Potential Team
Steve Burr 4-3-3
23 N Vaughan
2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman
8 Fowler 7 Byrne
21 Lolley 13 Blissett
22 Morgan- Smith
The Heroes & Villains
|6 players on||1||Morgan-Smith||2|
|5 players on||1|
The Summer Plans
With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger. Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination. As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross. Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.
Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.
|31st July||Joe Lolley||Littleton||For||Undis|
|25th July||Jamie Grimes||Trialist||Def||Free|
|19th June||Lee Fowler||Doncaster Rov||Mid||Free|
|17th June||Dior Angus||Solihull||Winger||Undis|
|10th June||Jamie Tolley||Mansfield||Mid||Free|
|6th June||James Dance||Luton||Mid||Free|
|1st May||Michael Gash||Cambridge U||For||Undis|
|Released||Keith Briggs||FC Halifax||Mid|
Harriers 2013/14 Squad
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman, 30 Joshua Gowling,
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith
Posted on October 18, 2013, in Match Previews, The Form of The Foe, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town, Mansfield Town. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.