Blue Square Bet
Published 21st September 2012
.....from manager Nicky Law to expect a tough game.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last three games having picked up seven points out of nine and although Harriers arrive in bottom place in the table desperately seeking a first league win of the season, they have recovered from five straight opening defeats to draw their last four fixtures.
Two draws have been achieved at home and two away, the latter coming with 1-1 draws at both Barrow and Braintree Town prior to two home draws against Southport (2-2) a fortnight ago and Grimsby Town (0-0) last Saturday.
Looking ahead to the game, Law said: "They will be looking for their first win. They have got to be thinking 'we have got to win sooner or later' but on the other hand, we have got to make sure it doesn't happen to us on Saturday.
"They are a good side in a position they certainly won't be in at the end of the season."
The Harriers are without central midfield player Kyle Storer who has undergone surgery on a knee injury which will keep him out for several more weeks yet. And Jack Byrne is another long-term injury absentee.
Meanwhile, young hit-man Nathan Blissett is set to re-join the squad of sixteen after being rested in the home game against Grimsby Town last weekend.
Law has striker Paul Clayton available again after he missed the draw at Forest Green Rovers last Saturday with a minor groin strain.
Central defender Darran Kempson will require a late fitness test on a calf strain which kept him out of the game at Forest Green.
Apart from those two, there are no other injury worries and no suspensions to contend with. Last season the Worcestershire side recorded a league double over the Reds. It is just over a year ago since the first ever league meeting between the sides which saw a 3-1 win for Kiddy at Aggborough on Saturday, September 17th. The return game saw Harriers win 2-0 at the Impact Arena on January 21st.
As well as extending their unbeaten run to four games, an Alfreton win could also see them put some decent distance between themselves and the bottom five with four of the clubs in that pack playing each other.