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Hotshot Gash sets target as Rowe departs for Stourbridge
6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
STRIKER Michael Gash has vowed to keep on the goal trail as Kidderminster Harriers look to bounce back from their mid-week defeat at Braintree on Saturday.
The Aggborough side tasted their first loss of the campaign in the Skrill Premier on Tuesday night as clinical Alfreton put them to the sword.
It meant Harriers had been unable to build on Saturday’s excellent 3-1 win over Gateshead at Aggborough.
Gash opened the scoring against the north east side as Kidderminster made sure there would be no repeat of last season’s ten-match winless start.
The goal-getter, who scored one goal for the Iron during a brief loan spell last year, is expecting this weekend’s trip to Essex (3pm ko) to provide a stiff test.
“I enjoyed my time at Braintree, it’s a good club but if you asked any team in the Conference where they don’t like to go it’s there,” Gash said.
“Braintree are a battling team but we'll be prepared for that and it's better to go early in the season when the pitch is a bit better.”
Gash has now set his sights on trying to emulate the 21 goals he bagged during the 2012-13 campaign.
Along with Marvin Johnson and Anthony Malbon, he was guilty of missing a host of gilt-edged chances in Alfreton.
“Everyone is disappointed. Alfreton had four chances and they’ve put three of them away,” added Gash.
“I had a good chance that I should have scored and Anthony Malbon and Marvin Johnson also had good opportunities.
“It was disappointing because we could have gone into half-time 3-1 up but we didn’t.
“There’s no reason to panic and it’s not really hard to know why we lost — we didn’t take our chances.
“I think I should be aiming for the 20 figure in all competitions. Last year I scored 21 and if I do that again I will be very happy.”
Meanwhile, striker Ryan Rowe looks set to complete his loan move to former club Stourbridge today.
The Glassboys, who are one of the favourites for promotion in the Calor Southern League Premier Division, are keen to have the hitman on a season long loan but it is believed Harriers would prefer to send out Rowe for a shorter period.
Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett revealed how talks had continued for the last week to try and get the hitman on board.
He said: “Financially there’s been quite a bit of give and take before coming to a conclusion which all three parties are happy with.
“But Ryan made it clear he wanted to come back to Stourbridge and I’m delighted that he has.
“Chairman Andy Pountney and myself have been working on the deal all week and I know that Ryan is very much looking forward to playing for Stourbridge again.”
Rowe’s departure would mean Harriers have Gash, Malbon and the inexperienced pair of Nathan Blissett and Joe Lolley to lead the line and they may look to bolster their striking options.
Meanwhile, Harriers’ home clash against relegated Aldershot will be televised on BT Sport.
The fixture has been moved from the Saturday to Friday, September 27 (7.45pm ko) on BT Sport 2.
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