Saturday: Harriers v AFC Telford United

All eyes back on National League North as Harriers host AFC Telford United…

Boss Russ Penn. Image: (c) PA Images

RUSS Penn has shut down talk of the FA Cup as Harriers look to get back into the swing of league action with the visit of AFC Telford United to Aggborough on Saturday.

There has been a buzz around the club in the wake of last Saturday’s First Round upset of Grimsby Town.

That’s something the gaffer has been happy to embrace to an extent – but he’s insisted that is now firmly done and dusted for the next few weeks.

Instead, he says, focus has shifted fully on to the Bucks, who come to town looking to start a run that will boost their season.

Speaking to our YouTube channel, Penn says it hasn’t been hard to keep minds focused on the task at hand.

He said: “It has been very easy – we put it to bed on Tuesday after the draw.

“It was important they enjoyed the two days as that’s what we’re in football for – to win good games and get your name out there.

“I am not going take that away from them and be a party pooper but come Tuesday morning it was full-on Telford.

“No one is allowed to talk about Halifax until three weeks’ time because we’ve got four massive games, but one massive game is this Saturday.”

Boss Russ Penn ahead of the Aggborough clash with AFC Telford United (13-11-21)

Telford have struggled for much of the term but do arrive in Worcestershire on the back of a respite of sorts, with just one defeat from their last four league outings.

Form had been hard to come by in the previous months, though, with Gavin Cowan paying the price for that as he left his role as manager last month.

Stability will arrive soon enough, though, and Penn is adamant it can’t be at the expense of his team.

“We’re up against a tough team who are probably disappointed with how the last couple of weeks have gone

“That’s when you come up against your toughest tests – they’ve got very good players, very good individuals and we’ve got to be right on it on Saturday.

“We’ve got to continue the form we’ve been showing, be professional and take the game to them.”

Penn does have Geraldo Bajrami back available for selection after the defender served a one-match suspension against Grimsby.

The Archives: Harriers 1-1 Telford United (25-02-89)

Nick Clayton-Phillips, having been Cup tied last week, is also back in contention, with Harriers only without their longer-term injury absentees Cliff Moyo, Lewis Montrose and Joe Foulkes.

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

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