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Kettering Town V Kidderminster Harriers PREVIEW

Cooper hopes to dent Harriers play off chances




Kettering Town  manager, Mark Cooper wants to finish a very succesful season with three wins out of three, but they face stern opposition in promotion chasing Kidderminster Harriers. The Harriers, who on Tuesday, lost their first match in fifteen against play off rivals, Stevenage Borough, need to rely on other results involving Histon, Stevenage and Torquay, before they can even think about the exciting prospect of league football.

The Poppies themselves were very involved in the play off chase but faded after some poor performances, dropping points at home to Barrow, and Grays before locals rivals Rushden & Diamonds killed the faint hopes with a derby win.

Kettering will still stay professional though, according to Cooper, “ There will be no favours from us. There is no pressure on us whatsoever, we are going there to win a game and end the season on a high.”

Wins over Wrexham and Lewes have secured the Poppies eight place, unable to progress higher or fall any lower, whilst Kidderminster can finish anywhere within seventh and third.

Midfielders Darren Wrack and Brett Solkhon have already been ruled out for Sundays match but defender/ emergency midfielder John Dempster has been labelled “touch and go” for Ketterings 61st game of the season. The midfielder crisis could see manager Mark Cooper named on the bench again, as he still does have a playing contract for the Poppies but he is yet to appear this season.




Poppies boss may be named as sub again
Poppies boss may be named as sub again

and if Dempster is not able to recover in time, we should see striker Chris Beardsley start in centre midfield after he put in a decent shift in the win against bottom of the table Lewes. Kidderminster’s  Darryl Knights and Brian Smikle have recovered from injuries so could start and defender Mark Creighton is back and expected to return to the starting line up for the Harriers.





Expected Line Up

GK Lee Harper

LB Luke Potter

CB Exodus Geoghagen

CB Guy Branston

RB Nicky Eaden

LM Craig Westcarr

CM Andre Boucaud

CM John Dempster

RM Jean Paul Marna

ST Gareth Seddon

ST Ryan Charles

Subs- Wright, Cooper, Potter, Beardsley, Bennett





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  1. I*T*P*L

    25 April, 2009 at 20:07

    You’ve made a good start here, an informative and readable article. Can you explain the situation with the manager being named on the bench in a bit more detail?

  2. ktfc_fan

    26 April, 2009 at 07:10

    Cheers i will now.

  3. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    1 May, 2009 at 22:00

    I like this…nice and informative, stil don’t understand the manager bit though?

  4. ktfc_fan

    2 May, 2009 at 07:37

    I don’t understand, which bit don’t you understand?

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