Saturday: York City v Harriers

Keith Lowe looks ahead to the season opener at York City….

Keith Lowe

KEITH Lowe says excitement is high at Aggborough as Harriers finally kick-off their National League season at York City on Saturday.

The veteran defender has wrapped up another gruelling pre-season campaign, with the big opener against the Minstermen now open us.

While things brings about a slight sense of normality for most in football – particularly with the return of fans – it’s undoubtedly been a strange last 18 months or so.

The former Wolves man admits that’s added a different slant to this summer campaign, but says now points are up for grabs, everyone is ready.

“It has had its ups and downs, like every pre-season does,” he reflected.

“It is a strange one with the whole thing the country has had to deal with, but as a Club, we’ve dealt with it very well.

“We’ve not let it bother us too much and have got our heads down well and get on with it, so hopefully we can reap the rewards from that.”

The size of the task ahead of Harriers on Saturday isn’t lost on Lowe.

The Reds journey to provide the opposition for the very first competitive game with fans at City’s all new LNER Stadium.

Favourites for the title, York have also had a strong pre-season with some eye-catching results.

All in all, it makes for a good occasion between two clubs who’ve historically enjoyed a good relationship.

Lowe is the perfect example of course, having turned out for York with distinction earlier in his career just as he does for Russ Penn’s charges now.

“Everybody is raring to go now… everybody is bang on it and looking forward to it,” he went on say.

“Hopefully it’ll be a really hard-fought battle and, touch wood, we’ll take something away from it.

“I spent a long time there and it’s a great club that has great people all the way through it, and so have we.

“So it all stands out to be a great game.”

Cliff Moyo is Harriers’ only injury absentee after the defender was ruled out for several months earlier in pre-season.

Aside from the suspended Amari Morgan-Smith, who misses the season’s first five matches, Russ Penn has a full complement to choose from, with summer singings including Nyal Bell and Nathan Cameron among those in line for possible debuts.

Fans are reminded that Saturday’s game is sold out. No further tickets are available and supporters who do not have a ticket already should not travel to the stadium.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

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