A look ahead to Saturday’s National League home clash with Ebbsfleet United at Aggborough….
By Matty Paddock - 01/12/2023
Posted 3 months ago
HARRIERS welcome Ebbsfleet United to Aggborough in the first return game of the National League season on Saturday.
The Reds are looking to build on back-to-back draws in the last couple of weeks when they bring the action back to DY10 this weekend.
Up next are a Fleet side who won promotion to this division by winning the National League South last time around.
They made an excellent start to the term, too, with some notable results early on, but have found things tougher in more recent weeks.
Russ Penn nonetheless knows the quality they possess, saying: “They’re a good team.
“We’ve just been going through the squad and the clips.
“They have good players, a good squad and a good Manager.
“Like us, they got promoted and have found it tough for the last month, although last week’s result is going to give them a great lift.”
The performances that secured Harriers points against Hartelpool and Chesterfield in their last couple of games were much improved on some of those prior.
Penn added: “That’s what we’ve got to jump on, plus we haven’t got a league game for two weeks so it is vital we pick up positive points now going into the Christmas period.
“We need them. We know exactly where we are and we need points sooner rather than later and I am confident we will do.
“I have [seen improvements] because we are more than a match and we are creating chances, and if those chances go in or we score the first goal, the game looks completely different.”
Saturday’s game will be the 41st meeting between Harriers and Ebbsfleet United, formerly Gravesend and Northfleet, dating back to 1948. The most recent fixture came earlier this season when Ebbsfleet won the return game at the Kufflink Stadium.
Penn feels the recoveries of Shane Byrne and Joe Leesley have been progressing enough for them to be “in contention” for next weekend’s FA Trophy derby with Stourbridge at Aggborough.
That would leave the pair unlikely to feature this weekend against Ebbsfleet as they step up comebacks from knee and back injuries respectively.
There is a boost, however, with the news that Sammy Robinson is very much back in the mix after missing the Oxford City game with injury.
The pitch at Aggborough has been prepared and covered with frost sheets this week and we are hopeful that this will help combat the bad weather, which it has done thus far.
We will update supporters with any change to the status of the game as quickly as possible.
Kick-off at Aggborough on Saturday is at 3:00pm.
As with all home matches at Aggborough, advance purchase of match tickets is strongly recommended to help minimise queues and also to make a saving.
Home fans: Prices are subject to an additional £5 for any ticket purchased in person at the box office on the day of the match. To avoid this, buy online, any time, up to 15 minutes after kick off – even if this is once you arrive at the ground.
Away fans: Tickets cannot be purchased in person at the Stadium Ticket Office. Please make all purchases online as above.
Any supporters needing assistance with purchasing online can contact us before a match day on 01562 823 931.
AGGBOROUGH IS CASHLESS
Please remember, Aggborough Stadium and all of its outlets are cashless – we cannot accept cash as payment under any circumstances.
YOUR MATCH DAY PROGRAMME
This weekend’s issue is Issue 14 for the 2023-24 season and features all you need to know about Ebbsfleet United and our previous meetings with them over the years.
As well as news and updates from across the club, there’s Case Files with Jack Lambert, match reports and photos and more.
Buy your copy from around the ground or in the Club Shop. To make sure of your copy, or to get one if you can’t make it to the ground, you can purchase online for FREE UK mainland delivery.
Aggborough Stadium is a strictly no smoking venue – this means smoking, including the use of vapes and e-cigarettes, is prohibited anywhere within the stadium.
LIVE MATCH STREAMING
Harriers fans can view National League matches this season on National League TV.
All Harriers league matches will be available internationally on the NLTV platform, while games outside of UEFA Article 48 blocked hours (2.45pm to 5.15pm on Monday) will be available to view in the UK, too.
Harriers again strongly supports The National League and Football Association in delivering their antisocial conduct message.
Please review the following information before visiting Aggborough.
Specifically, we would like to remind supporters that the club will not tolerate supporter misconduct of any kind. This includes but is not limited to:
- Discriminatory behaviour. This means conduct or language that is aggravated by ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or disability.
- Entering the field of play or its immediate surrounding area without permission
- The throwing of missiles towards the pitch, technical area or dugout
- The possession or use of pyrotechnics such as flares or smoke bombs
Please support Kidderminster Harriers responsibility. Should you be concerned by any of the above conduct you may witness, please report it to your nearest steward, to the Club Office or Safety Officer or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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