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.
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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
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
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Wright Power Jordan
For those who missed the managerial comparisons and stats fill your boots……………..
|Gary Simpson||Manager||Steve Burr|
|16th||Position 2012/13||2nd in BSP|
|3-0 V Hyde (H)||Biggest win||4-1 V FGR (H)|
|2-3 Luton (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-3 V Dartford (A)|
|19,473||Total Turnstile Clicks||14,862|
|2748 v Aldershot||Hi||2866 V Luton|
|1879 V Southport||Low||1607 V Hyde|
Heroes & Villains
|6 players on||1||Boyce||1||Lincoln||0|
|5 players on||1||Gray||1||Harriers||2|
Current & Overall Form
Historic Tale of the Tape
|AT AGGBOROUGH (7)||AT SINCIL BANK (7)|
|NEUTRAL GROUND (0)||OVERALL (14 MATCHES)|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||5||35.7|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||18||1.29|
|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
|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|