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Saturday: Guiseley (A)

Harriers head to Guiseley in National League North…



Harriers Manager Russ Penn. Image (c) Ade Hoskins

HARRIERS take to the road once again on Saturday as they travel to Guiseley for National League North action.

A week after making the lengthy trek to Southport last weekend at the start of the Bank Holiday, the Reds head to Nethermoor for another tough encounter.

Harriers picked up four points from their games over that weekend, while Guiseley picked up three from a hugely impressive victory on home soil over much-fancied Gloucester City.

They followed that up on Monday with a narrow defeat at Gateshead, Bailey Thompson’s goal not enough to help them on their way to a share of the spoils at the International Stadium.

That double header came on the back of a point at Curzon Ashton, with the Lions more than causing their share of problems for teams up and down the table.

“They feel unfortunate to have lost against Gateshead on Monday and they beat Gloucester, who are going to be favourites, the Saturday before,” said boss Russ Penn, looking ahead to the meeting.

“These are no mugs and we will go there under no illusions, it’ll be a tough game.

“They’ve got season pros in the team… but the managers as well, Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill, they are good, seasoned managers for the level, and they will know a lot about us as well.”

Penn himself will likely have a fully-fit squad to choose from with the exception of Cliff Moyo, the Aggborough chief hoping a few ‘niggles’ ease themselves ahead of the trip.

Amari Morgan-Smith misses out as he serves the final match of his suspension.

Harriers will look to continue a solid enough start in National League North, but it’s not a run of results that has the gaffer jumping for joy just yet.

“It’s only a start,” he added. “It’s a good platform, and it is what you want as a manager – you want to get points on the board early and we’ve done that.

“But when you’ve done that, expectations go up a notch and I am under no illusions that the next [few] games will be tough because we’ll be the team to beat.”

Kick-off at Guiseley on Saturday is at 3:00pm

Harriers fans can either purchase their match tickets online from Guiseley or pay cash on the turnstiles at Nethermoor.


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