A look ahead to Saturday’s adventure in the Isuzu FA Trophy Fifth Round….
By Matty Paddock - 09/02/2024
Posted 2 weeks ago
HARRIERS travel to Peterborough Sports on Saturday looking to make it to the Quarter Finals of this season’s Isuzu FA Trophy.
After victories over Stourbridge and Altrincham in previous rounds, National League North side Peterborough stand between Harriers and a place in the last eight.
Sports, Managed by ex-Harriers hero Michael Gash, have already boasted good form in the competition, having seen off Leiston, National League side Dagenham & Redbridge and Bishop’s Stortford to make it this far.
It sets up nicely Saturday’s encounter, as the two outfits look to bring a Wembley dream more closely into focus.
“It’s a proper, old fashioned non-league football club,” said Harriers boss Phil Brown of Sports.
“They can boast a history and they have every right to be in this competition and at the level they’re at.
“They’ll be giving it 110% like every non-league team does against a National League team and every National League does against an EFL team.
“They’re playing against a team that’s above them, in their eyes, and it’s a leveller: the conditions, the pitch and the competition itself to tell you the truth.
“It just shows you, we’re down to the last 16 and I think there are only six National League teams left in there, so it just shows you that it won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination, and one I am certainly not taking easy.”
Neither team will be looking past Saturday’s test, but it’s understandable that talk of Wembley Stadium and the May Final will start to bubble up with the Quarter Final stage now in sight.
“To be three games away from [the Final], that’s a big enough carrot for anyone that’s playing at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday,” added the boss.
“That’s a big enough carrot to win the game of football and if they’re not interested in football then I’m not interested in them.”
On having to miss out on leading Harriers on Saturday following his sending off against Oxford City last weekend, Brown added: “I’ve received a one-match ban and rightly so.
“I fell foul of the wrong side of the law and apologise to the Kidderminster Harriers supporters, especially the young ones that were at the game on Saturday.
“I have a one-match touchline ban and a fine, which I have more than doubled, in house.”
Brown confirmed that Matt Preston joins Sammy Robinson on the Aggborough treatment table following his injury in the Oxford match, with both still a number of weeks away.
Kick-off on Saturday at Peterborough is 3:00pm, with the game subject to an 8:00am pitch inspection following this week’s bad weather.
Harriers fans can pay for admission on the day of the game, with away travel from the club now sold out.
Saturday’s game is to be settled on the day, with a penalty shootout required to separate the teams if necessary at the end of 90 minutes.
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