PREVIEW: Harriers v Gateshead

Harriers manager Gary Whild.

Harriers manager Gary Whild.

First published in Sport

HARRIERS are set for their toughest test of the season when they tackle high flying Gateshead tomorrow.

Gary Whild's side are certainly in good form after stretching their unbeaten start in the Vanarama Conference to six games.

In fact, Whild has only tasted defeat once since taking over as manager in March and he's keen for his excellent record to continue against the Heed.

But Gary Mills' North East outfit are genuine contenders for the Football League after picking up 13 points from a possible 18.

With a large crowd expected at Aggborough because of Non-League Day, it's set to be a special day for Kidderminster.

"Gateshead have aspirations to go up and in the last two seasons or so they've became one of the contenders for promotion," said Whild.

"It's not going to be an easy game but we're looking forward to the challenge.

"Gary Mills and I have come up against each other many times over the years when I was at Redditch and at Harriers.

"But he's got an excellent track record, he got Tamworth promoted, had success at York and is doing well at Gateshead."

He continued: "The club and the fans have worked very hard to attract other supporters to the game and we're looking forward to the atmosphere.

"The fans are always great at Aggborough and the players raise their game because of it."

Chey Dunkley is set to return to action after serving his one-match ban but he may find his way barred by Jamie Grimes, after a solid performance in central defence against Dover.

Whild is also feeling much better after being laid low by a stomach bug over the weekend.

Harriers' opponents have seen gifted attacker Marcus Maddison join League One Peterborough for a club record fee but they have enhanced their goal-scoring options by bringing in former Wrexham target man Danny Wright from Forest Green Rovers.

Fans unable to make the clash can follow all the action with The Shuttle's live match update. We will have team news and all the build-up to the 3pm kick-off.

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