A look ahead to Saturday’s visit of Oxford City at Aggborough…
By Matty Paddock - 02/02/2024
Posted 3 weeks ago
HARRIERS host Oxford City at Aggborough on Saturday, with Phil Brown hoping he’ll have Sam Bellis back at his disposal.
On-loan Barrow front-man Bellis missed last weekend’s win over Dagenham & Redbridge after picking up a knock in training.
That came after two enterprising appearances for the former Southampton youngster following his switch to DY10.
It’s hoped he’ll be able to feature in some capacity this weekend, with Brown confirming the striker is closer to fitness ahead of the visit of City to Worcestershire.
Elsewhere, Sam Robinson (hamstring) remains out, but has been making excellent progress in his recovery, with the boss saying he may well make it back to action well in advance of the 12 weeks first feared.
“They’ll be organised, they’ll be bang at it and they’re away from home.” Phil Brown
Recent arrival Aaron Harper-Bailey could be involved in a first home squad following his loan signing, while Ben Tollitt’s time at the club has come to an end – he returns to Oldham Athletic following the conclusion of his temporary spell.
The gaffer, meanwhile, had the chance to run the rule over other members of his squad earlier this week.
The likes of Kai Lissimore, Tom Palmer and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain were among those who featured in a 1-1 draw behind closed doors at Cheltenham Town.
It proved a useful exercise for Harriers, whose next task is to meet the challenge of Oxford City at Aggborough on Saturday, the visitors currently bottom of the table.
Brown says his team will be all too aware of the motivation that will be driving Oxford come kick off, having sat in that position themselves for much of the campaign.
“They’re feeling what we’ve been feeling for all of the season – bottom of the league,” said Brown.
“It’s not a nice feeling when you’re staring at the table, and you think ‘you’re the worst team in the division’ and the league table is telling you that.
“I don’t think they are the worst team – I have seen some good footballing sides in this division, and I’ve seen some teams who, on their day, can beat anybody – Oxford City being one of them.
“They’ll be organised, they’ll be bang at it and they’re away from home. Normally in any division, that’s a sign that the pressure’s off and the home crowd’s not on your back.”
The mood is good at Aggborough following four straight victories, including three in the National League.
Much work still remains, though, with Brown very mindful of the task at hand.
He added: “It’s making sure that nobody gets complacent, nobody thinks they’ve cracked it and nobody thinks all of a sudden it’s dead easy in this game because it’s the worst game in the world when you start thinking that wat.
“It tends to bite you in the bum and that’s mine and Neil McDonald’s job, making sure the players are on-song with what we’re trying to do.”
Kick off at Aggborough on Saturday is at 3:00pm.
Catch boss Brown on ITV Central News this evening where is scheduled to feature among their sport bulletin ahead of a wider piece on ITV X soon.
MATCH TICKETS – KIDS FOR A QUID
Don’t forget, we’re repeating our incredible Kids for a Quid offer this weekend, with the support of Deltron lifts. All U16s admitted for just £1!
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.
LIMITED CAR PARKING
Car Parking spaces at Aggborough on Saturday are extremely limited. Please, where you can, travel to the game without needing to park to avoid disappointment or disruption.
Please also park with consideration of our local residents.
YOUR MATCH DAY PROGRAMME
There’s a double shot of match action in this weekend’s edition of The Harrier, as well as an update from Phil Brown, news across the club and plenty 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
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