Whild: We have the firepower for push

Nat’s my boy: Nathaniel Jarvis joined Harriers on loan from Cardiff.

Nat’s my boy: Nathaniel Jarvis joined Harriers on loan from Cardiff.

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ASSISTANT boss Gary Whild believes Kidderminster Harriers have the firepower to maintain their promotion push in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Aggborough outfit increased their attacking options on the final day of the transfer window by adding loan rangers Amari Morgan-Smith and Cardiff’s rookie attacker Nathaniel Jarvis.

Morgan-Smith, has joined initially for a month from play-off rivals Macclesfield Town, while 21-year-old Jarvis will spend the rest of the campaign with Kidderminster.

Harriers had been linked with a host of strikers including Jamie Reed, Ryan Bowman and Adam Cunnington but in the end did not use any of the money they made from the sale of Jamille Matt to Fleetwood Town on a transfer fee.

The duo are set to be unveiled on Saturday, when fifth-placed Harriers aim to strengthen their grip on a play-off spot by entertaining resurgent Cambridge United, who are unbeaten in 13 league matches.

“They’re two good lads. Amari is higher profile and Nat’s been in the Conference and done well at Newport and we’re happy to get them both in,” said Whild.

“I don’t think you can ever have a direct replacement for Jamille because those sort of players are not out there, that’s why Fleetwood paid as much money as they did for him.

“It’s difficult to compare anyone to Jamille but we’re just looking to bring in players who can hopefully help themselves and the lads who are here to go on and finish as high as possible.”

He added: “I think Amari and Nat can play different positions across the front line and for a club like us it’s important you add guys who can play in one or two positions.

“We’ve never had the biggest squad but we’re hopeful the lads we have brought in live up to their potential.”

With the new recruits on board, former Chester wideman Sean Clancy has been released. He joined the club in December on a non-contract basis.

Harriers, who saw the last weekend’s clash at Newport County called off because of a waterlogged pitch, then tackle Gateshead away next Tuesday (7.45pm ko).

The Reds are waiting for confirmation that the County clash will be rescheduled for Tuesday, March 19 (7.45pm ko).

Meanwhile, two of Harriers’ matches will be televised on Premier Sports. The trip to Southport has been moved a day earlier to Friday, March 22 (7.45pm ko), while the game at Wrexham on Saturday, April 13 will now kick-off at 5.15pm.

Harriers saw injured duo James Vincent and Callum Gittings play 90 minutes on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Redditch United in the Worcestershire Senior Cup semi-final.

Keith Briggs is a doubt for Saturday with a knee injury.

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