PREVIEW: Macclesfield v Harriers

Dangerman: Former Harriers striker Matthew Barnes-Homer will be Macclesfield's main threat tomorrow.

Back at Macc: Harriers boss Steve Burr is a goal-scoring legend at the Silkmen

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STEVE Burr is relishing a return to Moss Rose as a manager as Kidderminster Harriers aim to maintain their play-off charge in the Blue Square Bet Premier at Macclesfield tomorrow.

The Reds boss is a goal-scoring legend for the Silkmen, bagging 182 in all competitions, but he will be hoping Harriers emerge triumphant in what is set to be a close Conference clash.

This will be the first time he has taken a team to Macclesfield as a manager, although he has came up against the club he featured for 350 times on several occassions as a player.

Burr drew first blood against his former club in September as Harriers romped to a 3-0 victory to record their first home win of the season.

The match is in doubt because of predicted heavy snow and there is set to be a pitch inspection this afternoon to determine if it could go ahead.

Harriers go into the match on the back of winning nine of the last ten league games, but they face a side who have aspirations of making the play-offs.

They also garnered national recognition when they knocked Championship pacesetters Cardiff City out of the FA Cup at the start of January.

“I am looking forward to going back to Macclesfied, it will be a first time I have taken a team to Moss Rose as a manager,” said Burr.

“I have happy memories of my time there but now am concentrating on Harriers winning.

“We’re in good form and most teams will not want to play us at the moment.”

Keith Briggs is set to return after overing a knee injury, while Danny Pilkington could be available after recovering from a thigh strain.

Callum Gittings has a knock while Anthony Malbon is a doubt because of the flu.

Macclesfield are being spearheaded by former Harriers hitman Matthew Barnes-Homer, who has scored 20 goals.

The striker scored six in four matches before an ankle injury saw him miss the last two matches.

The hitman is also gunning for Burr’s record tally of 35 goals in the 1986-87 campaign.

Barnes-Homer also scored 34 goals in two and a half seasons at Aggborough before a move to Luton for £75,000.

Burr is well-aware of the Macclesfield dangerman’s goal-scoring prowess.

“I know Barney, he’s a good lad and somebody we’ve got to watch out for,” commented Harriers’ manager.

Fans unable to make the trip to Macclesfield can keep up with the action and score with The Shuttle’s live match blog.

We’ll have team news before the 3pm kick-off, all the drama from the game, followed by a match report soon after the full-time whistle.

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