Whild looking for away day win

Highs and lows: Chey Dunkley celebrates his goal with Jack Byrne before his sending off against Chester. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

Highs and lows: Chey Dunkley celebrates his goal with Jack Byrne before his sending off against Chester. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

First published in Sport

GARY Whild believes Kidderminster Harriers are close to turning their solid performances away from home into wins.

The Aggborough outfit face a lengthy trip to newly-promoted Dover Athletic on Saturday (3pm ko), aiming to bounce back from Bank Holiday Monday's draw against Chester.

Whild boasts an impressive unbeaten record away from Aggborough since replacing Andy Thorn at the helm in March, although they have drawn seven and won just one.

Harriers' manager felt they could have beaten Macclesfield on Saturday in the Vanarama Conference instead of drawing 0-0.

But this weekend's opponents, known as The Whites, have endured a tough start since coming up from the Conference South, with three defeats in five.

They were also stung by a 6-1 loss at Woking on Bank Holiday Monday.

"I expect nothing more than a tough game at Dover," said Whild.

"They had a disappointing result against Woking and will be looking to bounce back from that.

"But I have been pleased with how we have played away from home.

"We always go out to win home or away, I thought against Macclesfield we should have won the game and was disappointed we didn't."

Chey Dunkley will serve a one-match ban after his straight red card for handling the ball in Monday's 2-2 draw against Chester.

Harriers had looked comfortable at 2-0 but the young defender's dismissal at the start of the second half changed the course of the match.

Jamie Grimes is set to deputise in central defence.

Whild said: "I was disappointed because at half-time time you could not have predicted us dropping two points.

"I was also disappointed with a player who is normally very reliable and doesn't normally make mistakes like that.

"I am sure it is something he will learn from.

"But there are a lots of positives, we are still unbeaten and going well."

Meanwhile, chairman Ken Rae has said Harriers' financial situation is unchanged.

The club experienced what they described as a cash flow problem in pre-season and received £21,500 from Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters' Trust to help page wages.

"Financially, the situation at the club has not changed," said Rae.

"We've made one or two office redundancies but we're happy with Gary's playing budget at this moment.

"I'd like to thank the fans who came out on Monday, we had 1,900 Harriers supporters out and 2,300 overall which was very good."

With the summer transfer window slamming shut next Monday, the club will be hoping to hold onto their most valuable assets, such as Dunkley.

Apart from Cheltenham's verbal offer for Dunkley, the club have said there have been no firm offers for players.

Rae added: "Like any football club, if a bid is made for one of our players then we will consider it.

"It all depends on the offer, if a club make an approach for a player with a valuation that does not meet ours then nothing will happen.

"If they do then the board will look at it what is on the table but that is all."

Fans unable to make the Dover Athletic clash can follow all the action with The Shuttle's live match updates.

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