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Serrell - Christmas is on hold
9:22am Thursday 12th December 2013 in Harriers
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers’ FA Cup heroes must concentrate on getting back on track in the Skrill Premier title race – insists chairman Mark Serrell.
After Saturday’s fantastic 4-2 win over League Two Newport County in the Second Round, the Carpetmen were brought down to earth in the league with a bump on Tuesday when they were edged out 1-0 at Woking.
Defeat means Steve Burr’s side are third in the table, nine points behind leaders Cambridge.
While Harriers are brilliant at Aggborough, unbeaten in ten matches, their inconsistent away form is a concern.
They have already lost at Alfreton, Dartford, Woking and Nuneaton this season.
Harriers kick-off their busy festive fixtures with a home clash against Alfreton at home on Saturday (3pm ko), before a testing trip to Grimsby next Thursday (7.45pm ko).
With tough games against Luton and Hereford over Christmas, there is no let-up for the Reds.
With so much at stake, Serrell revealed he had postponed last weekend’s Christmas night out until the end of the season.
“I actually cancelled the Christmas party for the players last Thursday morning,” commented the chairman.
“Steve and I had a discussion about it and decided it was the best thing to do.
“I am sure I am going to get ribbed by the players now but I am putting Christmas on hold.
“We’ve got a long time in the summer to celebrate Christmas.
“If it helps get a fantastic result like Newport I am happy to do it and I will probably cancel all sorts of things if that’s the sort of performance we’re going to get.”
Kidderminster also can look forward to an FA Cup Third Round clash at home to League One sidePeterborough United on Saturday, January 4.
It’s fitting United’s director of football is Barry Fry, who was boss of Birmingham City when Harriers knocked them out of the cup in the 1993-94 season.
Coincidentally, The Posh have also been linked to striker Joe Lolley, with manager Darren Ferguson spotted at Aggborough running the rule over him.
Serrell added: “We were all hoping to get Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal but we’ve been drawn at home against a good side and we’ve got a chance of getting through.”
Meanwhile, the club are offering fans aged under-16 free admission to this weekend’s game with Alfreton Town. Those wishing to take up the offer must enter the ground via the home East Stand turnstile at Aggborough.
l Fans who will miss the next two matches can follow all the action with Shuttle Online's live match blog at www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk
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