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Saturday: Brackley Town (H)

We look ahead to Saturday’s home league clash with Brackley Town…



Manager Russ Penn [Pic (c) Paul Hickey]

HARRIERS are charged with cracking the league’s toughest nut in Brackley Town on Saturday, says boss Russ Penn.

The Saints come to Aggborough as one of the division’s pace-setters, having lost just once in National League North so far.

In addition they’ve conceded just five goals in their eight games, with big wins over Chorley, York and Telford already on the board.

Their one defeat so far – at home to Darlington last month – did little to dent their momentum. They went on to win two FA Cup ties and the league clash with the Bucks.

Their Cup exploits have taken them to the cusp of the First Round proper, with Guiseley the remaining obstacle as they meet in an ‘all North’ clash next weekend.

“Brackley are the team in form at the moment,” Penn told our YouTube channel, in casting an eye towards Saturday’s Aggborough league match.

“They have only lost one and have the best defensive record in the league.

“They’re very well organised and are probably the most consistent team at our level over the last five years.

“So it is going to be a tough game… they’ve got a good manager and have kept the nucleus of their squad for the last four or five years.

“They’re consistent and they’re robust so you know what you’re going to get.”

Harriers, also into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Cup, are looking to end a run of two successive league defeats.

Penn said he’s hopeful that at least “one of” Omari Sterling and Lewis Momtrose will be available for the meeting after both missed recent matches.

Mark Carrington will be available after missing the second half of Tuesday’s FA Cup win against Ware as a precaution.

Joe Foullkes is definitely out as he continues to have his injury from last weekend’s Ware tie analysed by parent club Walsall.

Harriers and Brackley fans are reminded that there is no longer the facility to pay cash at the turnstiles at Aggborough.

You can still pay on the day of the game at the Ticket Office (including in cash), but this incurs a £2 increase on our standard match day prices, so your best bet is to purchase in advance of the day if you can – as this will also potentially save you some queueing!

You can do so online via our ticketing platform or, if you need assistance, by calling 01562 823 931 during opening hours.

Again, it is still possible to buy your tickets at the Ticket Office (up to 15 minutes after kick-off), but you can’t pay cash at the turnstile.

Don’t miss out on your match day programme, featuring stats, news, a league round-up, action photos and a load more – it’s available from around the ground and in the Club Shop.

Kick-off at Aggborough is at 3:00pm on Saturday.


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