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PREVIEW: Harriers v Alfreton
1:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
EXPERIENCED midfielder Danny Jackman is sure in-form Harriers won’t let complacency slip into their game as they take on out of form Alfreton at Aggborough tomorrow.
Steve Burr’s side are on a high after four wins in a row, a run which has taken them within striking distance of the top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
In contrast, Alfreton have won once in eight league games, a run which has sucked them into the relegation battle.
Jackman is still settling into life in non-league after playing all of his career previously in the Football League and he believes his lack of experience against the likes of Alfreton will only keep him on his toes.
“Because I have spent so many seasons in the Football League, I don’t really know what teams are like at this level.
“Personally, because of that I would never take a team too lightly, you don’t know that you’re up against so you’ve got to take it seriously and we will be against Alfreton.
“The team is flying high and none of us want to let our momentum slip.”
The Worcester-born midfielder is also adjusting to life living back in his county of birth after years being based in Kent and playing for the likes of Northampton and Gillingham.
He is also catching up in terms of fitness after being on the fringes of the Gills’ first team this season. The 30-year-old has also had a niggly thigh injury to contend with.
Jackman enjoyed a fine debut against Telford but has since been restricted to substitute appearances against Cambridge and Forest Green.
He said: “I played 44 times last season so it’s not that I am injury prone it’s just that I have not played many games this season and your body gets out of practise.
“Harriers have a lot of games coming up in a short space of time and pitches are heavier at this level, but the management have been very good at easing me and helping me get up to speed.
“What’s important is competition for places, that keeps players on their toes and there is plenty of that at Harriers.
“I feel I am getting my fitness back and in a few weeks will be there.”
Victory for Harriers could lift them into second place as top two teams Grimsby and Wrexham are playing the second legs of their FA Trophy semi-finals.
Lee Vaughan will have his groin injury assessed after missing Tuesday night’s win at Forest Green Rovers.
If he cannot play, then Ricky Shakes will continue at right back.
Shuttle Online will have team news and all the action from the game with our live match blog, followed by a match report and reaction. The game kicks-off at 3pm.
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