Harriers V Imps – The Teams & Schemes

Kidderminster Harriers and Lincoln looks a one-sided affair but the spirit of the Imps suggests there will be no repeat of last seasons 3-0 thumping.  It is certainly David V Goliath, although Gash and Gittings potential inclusion could make it even more of a mountain to climb.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Schemes

If the fitness and late inclusion of Gash and Gittings should spring a surprise, or two, the Harriers will revert to the 4-4-2 Burr has preferred, as goal machine Gash goes up top with Blissett, suggesting Morgan-Smith drops to the bench.  Gittings will go on the left with Lolley remaining on the right in a more traditional right midfield wide role with Storer and Fowler as the middle two. However the Intel suggests that Gash may be on the bench with Gittings 40/60 to start at the expense of Byrne or Blissett. The likelihood is that the Harriers will continue with the 4-3-3 that undid a dour Southport they consider to be a similar set-up to the Imps stoic 4-2-3-1.

The Lincoln defence will face our toughest test since Luton or Cambridge today and we must be vigilant against a side that can make or take chances from all over the park, with 12 players in the goal charts and 7 regularly delivering the assists that have kept a free-flowing side on the right track through an injury crisis that would have seen the Imps unable to fill the bench.  Right-Back Lee Vaughan, midfielder Fowler and winger Lolley will keep Newton busy suggesting Jordan should keep his place to pitch in with Foster also minding the runs from deep.  Brown and Boyce will then be the last line of with Miller, who will have Jackman and Byrne to contend with down their left and centre. Morgan-Smith is a handful up top but he is a better adversary than Gash as and when he plays a part after 3 weeks out.

The Imps could go 4-3-3 defensive (more 4-5-1) to combat the threat but we will need to score today suggesting attack is the best form of defence against a side that will stretch whatever 11 the Imps put out.  We cannot afford passengers so Fairhurst should be dropped, there will be no place for Sheridan (who cannot beat a man or score on this season’s showing) with Jordan a physical threat in both boxes. Wright, if he plays, will have to step up over on the right or up top as the manager swaps he and Tommo during the course of the game until Dixon is given his impact run out.  Power has also been disappointing going forward but the defensive side of his game has been selfless, it will need to be against holding midfield Storer unless Nolan can get forward and use the undoubted class he has in his locker.  He is our jewel in this one and will grow as the 21 year old’s season continues to unfold.

It does look like a set-piece game for the Imps with Newton and Power supplying the comers and, Miller the throws, for Boyce, Jordan and Brown to cause some havoc amongst a cultured Harriers defence.  Gowling and Thomlinson will be a key battle on the ground but Boyce and Jordan in the air will be a whole different ball-game for the ex-Imp and Grimes.  So we need to avoid conceding early, nick one and then park the bus. It is hardly the flowing football we dream of but then artisans have needed to work at the homes of the aristocracy since time immemorial. We have the work ethic but the footballing  Harriers are  in full flight and will take some stopping today.

The Potential Teams

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Steve Burr 4-3-3

23 N Vaughan

2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman

4 Storer

8 Fowler              7 Byrne

21 Lolley                                      13 Blissett

22 Morgan- Smith

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Simmo 4-2-3-1 

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton

Nolan  Foster 

Wright Power  Jordan

Tomlinson

*****

For those who missed the managerial comparisons and stats fill your boots……………..

Gary Simpson Manager Steve Burr
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-3-3 
10 Position 2
22 Points 29
16 Goals scored 24
12 Goals conceded 16
22 Yellow cards 25
1 Red Cards 1
16th Position 2012/13 2nd in BSP
Play-offs Forecast Winners/top 3
3-0 V Hyde (H) Biggest win 4-1 V FGR (H)
2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-3 V Dartford (A)

Ker-ching

19,473 Total Turnstile Clicks 14,862
2434 Ave Gate 2123
2748 v Aldershot Hi 2866 V Luton
1879 V Southport Low 1607 V Hyde

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Gash 4 Tomlinson 5 Southport 1
Storer 3 Fairhurst 2 Harriers 2
Dance 3 Dixon 2 Lincoln 0
Malbon 3 Nolan 2 Aldershot 1
Lolley 3 Miller 2 Harriers 4
Morgan-Smith 2 Rowe 1 FGR 1
6 players on 1 Boyce 1 Lincoln 0
Power 1 Tamworth 0
Chester 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Harriers 0
Vaughan 3 Newton 5 Nuneaton 2
Storer 3 Power 3 Lincoln 2
Fowler 2 Miller 2 Harriers 0
Gittings 2 Boyce 1 Aldershot 0
Malbon 2 Brown 1 Lincoln 3
Gash 2 Tomlinson 1 Hyde 0
Morgan-Smith 2 Nolan 1 Harriers 2
Byrne 1 Halifax 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Hereford 1
Demitriou 3 Tomlinson 5 Lincoln 0
Fowler 3 Newton 4 Dartford 3
Gowling 2 Miller 3 Harriers 0
Vaughan 2 Rowe 2 Luton 3
Storer 2 Jordan 2 Lincoln 2
Byrne 2 Foster 2 Tamworth 0
Gittings 2 Power 2 Harriers 3
Johnson 2 Boyce 1 Lincoln 1
Blissett 2 Yussuf 1 Southport 0
5 players on 1 Gray 1 Harriers 2
Nolan 1 Hyde 1
Sheridan 1 Barnet 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Lincoln 1
Dance 1 Power 1

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster (H) 7 5 1 1 14 6 8 16 6
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 15
Lincoln (H) 8 5 1 2 9 3 6 16 6
Kidderminster (A) 8 4 1 3 10 10 0 12 3
Last Five G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Lincoln 5 1 2 2 5 4 1 5 13
Overall G W D L F A GD Pts
Kidderminster 15 9 2 4 24 16 8 29 2
Lincoln 15 6 4 5 16 12 4 22 10

Historic Tale of the Tape

AT AGGBOROUGH (7) AT SINCIL BANK (7)
Results Total % Results Total %
Kidderminster 2 28.6 Lincoln City 3 42.9
Lincoln City 2 28.6 Kidderminster 2 28.6
Draws 3 42.9 Draws 2 28.6
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Kidderminster 10 1.4 Lincoln City 9 1.3
Lincoln City 9 1.3 Kidderminster 6 0.9
NEUTRAL GROUND (0) OVERALL (14 MATCHES)
Results Total % Results Total %
Kidderminster 0 0 Kidderminster 4 28.6
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 5 35.7
Draws 0 0 Draws 5 35.7
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Kidderminster 0 0 Kidderminster 16 1.14
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 18 1.29
HIGH SCORES
Highest Aggregate 6 Lincoln City 3 – 3 Kidderminster 2000/2001
Highest Kidderminster score: 3 Kidderminster 3 – 0 Lincoln City 2012/2013
Highest Lincoln City score: 3 Lincoln City 3 – 0 Kidderminster 2004/2005

Last 10 meetings

SEASON DATE HOME SCORE AWAY COMPETITION
2012/2013 Sat 06 Apr Kidderminster 3 – 0 Lincoln City Blue Sq Premier
Sat 11 Aug Lincoln City 1 – 0 Kidderminster Blue Sq Premier
2011/2012 Sat 18 Feb Kidderminster 1 – 1 Lincoln City Blue Sq Premier
Tue 16 Aug Lincoln City 0 – 1 Kidderminster Blue Sq Premier
2004/2005 Sat 08 Jan Kidderminster 2 – 1 Lincoln City League Two
Sat 09 Oct Lincoln City 3 – 0 Kidderminster League Two
2003/2004 Sat 27 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 1 Kidderminster Division Three
Sat 20 Sep Kidderminster 1 – 2 Lincoln City Division Three
2002/2003 Tue 25 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 0 Kidderminster Division Three
Sat 10 Aug Kidderminster 1 – 1 Lincoln City Division Three
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