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Kidderminster boss eyes promotion push
1:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014 in Harriers
NEW manager Andy Thorn has vowed Kidderminster Harriers’ giant-killers will use their FA Cup success as a springboard to push for promotion.
The Aggborough outfit are on a high after Tuesday night’s stirring 3-2 win over Darren Ferguson’s League One Peterborough United.
But before they tackle top-flight Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Round Four a week on Saturday, they return to the nitty gritty of the Skrill Premier with two fixtures.
Fifth-placed Harriers go to relegated Aldershot on Saturday (3pm ko), before entertaining Dartford at home on Tuesday (7.45pm ko).
“We’ll have our foot on the pedal between now and the end of the season,” said the former Wimbledon defender, who lifted the FA Cup when the Dons stunned Liverpool in 1988. Thorn is also close to bolstering Harriers’ squad to ensure they can keep their promotion push alive and build on Saturday’s 3-0 win over Salisbury City.
His spending power will be boosted by the sale of wonder kid striker Joe Lolley, as well as the £67,500 prize money for defeating Peterborough.
“I have already got a couple of players lined-up to help the squad,” admitted Thorn. “That’s something we’ve been on the front foot with, obviously knowing what would happen. Joe’s been fantastic for us, but we’ve got our ducks in a row. “We need to have the right help and bring some players in.”
Thorn was also quick to praise Harriers’ 600-strong travelling contingent at Peterborough, who inspired their team to a memorable cup upset.
The manager added: “The supporters were immense.
“The support they gave the team was absolutely fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.”
Meanwhile, striker Ryan Rowe has returned to the club after his loan at Southern League Premier Stourbridge came to an end.
Fans unable to go to Saturday’s clash at Aldershot can follow The Shuttle’s updates.
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