Harriers boss is asking for right reaction
Monday 7th September 2009
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Mark Yates has called on his players to show their mettle ahead of tomorrow night's Blue Square Premier home clash with Mansfield Town (7.45).
They slumped to a 2-0 loss against Eastbourne Borough at Aggborough on Saturday for their second league defeat in six days.
Inconsistent Harriers are struggling to put a run of form together but had shown promise by hitting six goals to win their previous two games against Grays Athletic and Altrincham.
Yates wants his team to stand up and be counted with a quick chance to make amends against the high-fliers from Nottinghamshire.
He said: “The boys have to stand up and be men. There were one or two people in the crowd moaning and that's fair enough because they pay their money.
“The players have to puff their chests out and show people what they are about.
“They're not bad players and we're not a bad squad but, at the minute, things aren't going for us and the only way to overcome it is to work even harder.”
Harriers, who are 15th in the table, suffered a further injury setback to recent signing Robbie Matthews with the big forward limping off in the 17th minute.
Matthews, still looking for his first goal, has missed three games due to a groin problem since joining from Salisbury City and is a doubt again for tomorrow night.
Former youth team striker Aaron Farrell is pushing for a start or experienced midfielder John Finnigan may be recalled to the first XI.
David Holdsworth's Mansfield are second in the table with their only defeat in eight matches being a 4-1 reverse at Luton Town on August 11.
But the Stags have drawn their last two fixtures, while ex-Harriers left-back Craig Armstrong faces a late fitness test on a knee injury.
Two more Aggborough old boys, defender Luke Jones and striker Blair Sturrock, should also be involved.
Sturrock is a recent signing after being released by Swindon Town and could be handed his full debut in Worcestershire tomorrow night.
David Holdsworth audio interview, previewing the Kidderminster game --->
Confident Stags looking for Kidderminster victory
CHAD.co.uk, 07 September 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS go into tomorrow night's away day at Kidderminster knowing three points could push them to the top of the Blue Square Premier Division.
Confident Stags have begun the season well and are currently on a six game unbeaten streak.
While second-placed Mansfield will be looking to build on their solid performance away to Grays on Saturday, Kidderminster will be looking to get back on track after two defeats on the bounce.
Boss David Holdsworth said: "The lads are very positive at the moment and we are hopeful of picking up the points on the road.
"It is not an easy place to go and they will be looking for a response after two successive defeats, we will not underestimate them.
"We will go there and play to our strength. I am very pleased with how things are going at the moment.
"We must keep progressing as a team and a club and we are working our socks off to achieve as much as we can.
"We want to keep the Mansfield flag flying high and to be successful as a team."
Stags could welcome back experienced left-back Craig Armstrong, who trained on Monday.
But Paul Heckingbottom is still out of contention, but could feature in a 60 minute practice match later in the week.
Stags waiting on Armstrong
Evening Post, September 07, 200
MANSFIELD boss David Holdsworth will wait until the morning to decide if Craig Armstrong is fit enough to start against Kidderminster tomorrow night.
The left-back sat out Saturday's 1-1 draw with Grays Athletic because of swelling around a tendon at the back of his knee.
Armstrong was back in training this morning after receiving treatment all last week.
The player himself revealed on Saturday he hoped to be available to face old club Harriers.
But Holdsworth said: "Craig is back in training and now I have a decision to make on him.
"Blair Sturrock is there fitness-wise and has a chance of starting – just like anyone else."
Armstrong's fellow left-back Paul Heckingbottom is also on the mend and participated in his first full training session today after suffering a hamstring injury in pre-season.
He could be in contention for Saturday's game against Stevenage, although he is unlikely to start at Kidderminster.
Holdsworth said: "Getting Hecks back will be like bringing in another player.
"We are looking to set up a 60-minute practice game for him later this week."
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