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PREVIEW: Harriers v Ebbsfleet
1:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
MIDFIELDER Keith Briggs has given Harriers a boost ahead of Saturday's home clash against Ebbsfleet United by returning to training.
The experienced former Stockport man has overcame a knee injury which has kept him out action for over a month.
Briggs' return willl only increase competition for places as second-placed Harriers entertain Liam Daish's relegation battling side this weekend.
Fleet are one spot off the bottom in the Blue Square Bet Premier but had been on a four-game unbeaten run before Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Grimsby Town.
Assistant manager Gary Whild believes Harriers are ready for the challenge of the improving strugglers.
He said: “Ebbsfleet have had a couple of wins in their last three and by all accounts were in the game for a good hour up at Grimsby in midweek. “As every week, this week will be no different and it will be tough.
“We’ve had a couple of draws against them at Aggborough and down there at Ebbsfleet it has always been very competitive.
“It will be the same this weekend with the way Liam is and how he sets them up – we’ll have to be ready.”
The Aggborough outfit are flying high on the back of six straight wins, which has seen boss Steve Burr named manager of the month and striker Anthony Malbon player of the month after scoring six goals in five games.
But they have drawn the last six matches against the visitors from Kent, winning and losing two of the last ten meetings aganst them.
Nat Jarvis has returned to the squad after spending time back at parent club Cardiff City when he received treatment on a knee injury but his time at Harriers will be monitored by the Bluebirds over the coming weeks.
- Fans unable to make the game can keep up with the action with The Shuttle's live match blog, which will have team news, build-up and all the drama from the 3pm kick-off.