Serrell - Fans can cheers us on to FA Cup glory

Kidderminster Shuttle: Harriers chairman Mark Serrell Harriers chairman Mark Serrell

CHAIRMAN Mark Serrell has urged Kidderminster Harriers' fans to come out in force for Saturday's FA Cup Third Round home clash Peterborough United.

Steve Burr's Skrill Premier promotion hopefuls will be out to cause an up set against a side pushing for the play-offs two levels above in the Sky Bet League One.

Harriers are hoping for their biggest crowd of the season, with The Posh expected to bring between 1,500 and 2,000 fans.

While Darren Ferguson's side are favourite to progress, they are poor travellers while Harriers boast a fine record at Aggborough this season, having knocked out League Two Newport in the second round.

Victory would see Harriers earn £67,000 in prize money, adding to the £57,500 they already made from beating Bradford Park Avenue, Sutton United and Newport.

"It's a massive game for the club," said Serrell.

"All we can the team can do is go out and do their best.

"We'll have to be at our best and Peterbough below theirs but there is a chance.

"But I know the fans will be out in force to support us.

"The noise from the crowd has gone up a notch this season and the management and players really appreciate and are spurred on."

To add further intrigue to this weekend's cup cracker, Peterborough have been linked with talented rookie winger Joe Lolley.

The winger has made an impressive step up from the Midland Combination Littleton in the summer, with Posh boss Darren Ferguson having watched the youngster.

If the seven-goal wideman moves on, Kidderminster would ideally like a deal where he is loaned back to the club for the rest of the season.

Serrell added: "I always keep an eye out for the number of scouts who come to watch us and the number has gone up recently.

"We have a lot of good players and there are one or two who are really interesting teams.

"But I can confirm that we have had no official bids for any of our players."

With Steve Burr and assistant Gary Whild keen to strengthen the squad in order to get them back on track in the race for the play-offs, Serrell has suggested that one or two players would have to move on first.

Nathan Blissett (Hednesford), James Dance (Rushall), Tyrone Williams (Redditch) and Ryan Rowe are all out on loan, although the latter's deal at Stourbridge expires on January 15.

Last season, Harriers sold Jamille Matt to Fleetwood for £300,000 but used the cash to bring in the likes of Michael Gash, Danny Jackman and Greg Pearson, as well as securing Josh Gowling on a longer deal.

"We want to win promotion this season and we want to help Steve and Gary bring players in," said the chairman.

"The squad is about 22 or 23 strong so one or two might have to move on first.

"It's only early in January so there is plenty of time for things to happen but I feel we're prepared.

"Steve and Gary are already working hard to bring in their targets.

"Who knows what will happen? If we beat Peterborough then the prize money could make big a difference."


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