Saturday: Wealdstone v Harriers

A look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Wealdstone…

Harriers Manager Phil Brown. Pic (C) KHFC

HARRIERS enter the final half-dozen games of the season with a trip to Wealdstone on Saturday.

Phil Brown’s charges netted a solid point at promotion chasing Bromley last weekend and will now look to build.

With just a handful of fixtures remaining for the Reds to secure their National League status, the focus in the camp is clear.

Tomorrow’s hosts are six places and four points ahead of Harriers, and still have four games more to play thanks to various postponements.

Whether their backlog represents a blessing or a curse remains to be seen, but the Stones have had a good season all told.

As well as a reasonable league season, they battled all the way through to the last eight of the Isuzu FA Trophy.

That progress – along with some weather issues – has coupled to leave them chasing the rest of the division in terms of games played, and ensures they that, too, still have work to do to make absolutely sure of their own status in the division.

Conversely, by winning those additional ties and maintaining good form, they’d still be in with a shout of the end-of-season play-offs.

One of their games ‘in hand’ game on Wednesday night when they fell to a narrow defeat to Bromley.

Brown commented: “Wealdstone showed their colours [in midweek], showed us how they play, showed us what they have in terms of strength in depth but not available to them because of international duty.

“They’re a non-league club with a decent budget, to be fair, but that in itself suggests that they train twice a week and play on a Saturday.

“Well, they’re not training twice a week anymore, they’re playing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, they’re playing every day.

“It’s quite phenomenal how they’ve had games cancelled, first and foremost, because of the surface, and secondly, international duties or whatever.

“Thirdly, they’re a side that’s had a good Cup run, [quarter-finals] of the FA Trophy, so that’s the reason they’re so many games behind us, but the league is the league.

“There is their war of attrition because they’re playing two, maybe three times a week.”

Brown added: “We know what they’ve got and we know what they are, we’ll have a game plan with that in mind and, hopefully, that will be a successful gameplan.”

Harriers travel to Wealdstone boosted by the arrival at the club of midfielder Charlie Weston to bolster midfield ranks, Kai Lissimore departing to join Halesowen on temporary terms.

The Reds, otherwise, have just skipper Shane Byrne out as a long-term absentee, and travel south in otherwise healthy numbers.

It will be a chance for Harriers to record a first league double of the campaign following a 1-0 victory at Aggborough in the return tie.

It’s also a first trip to the Stones for Harriers since 1987, when Kim Casey netted to help secure a 1-1 National League draw.

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

Away travel remains available from Harriers up to and including Friday, subject to availability.

Please note, match tickets are reduced to just £10 for adults when purchased before Saturday.

Those not attending the game in person can view all the action via a live screening in the Harriers Arms – come and join us, it’s completely free!

You can also stream this game from home thanks to the International weekend – visit our NLTV information page for more.

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