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Johnson in race for fitness ahead of Heed clash
8:00am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
WINGER Marvin Johnson is the only doubt for Harriers as they look to build on the high of their FA Cup heroics against mid-table Gateshead tomorrow.
The wideman, who scored the fourth at Grimsby, has been laid low with a sickness bug and will have his fitness assessed by the management team of Steve Burr and Gary Whild.
Otherwise, Harriers have no new injuries going into their home clash against former player Ian Bogie’s side.
The Aggborough outfit are keen to earn maximum points and move out of the bottom four in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Despite just one defeat in 11 games, they are paying the price for losing their first five games.
- Take Heed: Assistant boss Gary Whild expects a close game against when Harriers entertain Gateshead on Saturday.
Whild said: “When you look at our results you can see we’re in a good vein of form.
“But we’re fourth from bottom and we’re paying the price for our first five games.
“We’ve got to keep working hard and keep picking up points to move us into the table.”
Harriers are expecting a tough battle against the Heed and they will be looking to avenge two league defeats to the North East outfit last season.
But Saturday’s visitors to Aggborough are struggling for form, drawing four league games in a row before being knocked out of the FA Cup by Alfreton on Saturday.
Whild added: “We know from last season how tough this game will be.
“The matches last season were close but Gateshead had the edge and they are a side vying for the play-offs.
“They’re a bit like us in September when we were drawing a lot of games but they are a side who like to get the ball down and play.”
Gateshead have brought in experienced York City midfielder Lee Bullock on a one month emergency loan to cover for injured vice-captain Jamie Chandler.
Former Darlington schemer Chandler damaged ankle ligaments against Alfreton last weekend.
Harriers fans unable to make the match can follow the action with Shuttle Online’s live match blog.
Peter McKinney will have team news and all the action as it unfolds from Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.