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Chey not fooled by Luton's slow start
6:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
CHEY Dunkley has warned Kidderminster Harriers will not be fooled by Luton Town’s slow start to the 2013-14 Skrill Premier campaign when the Hatters come to Aggborough.
John Still’s Bedfordshire boys are once again among the favourites for promotion to the Football League but have only generated six points from their first five matches.
Harriers will be looking to bounce back from their controversial Bank Holiday 2-1 defeat at Nuneaton and maintain their 100 per cent record at their Hoo Road fortress in Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
So far, Kidderminster have recorded 3-1 wins over Gateshead and Chester but Luton, who have signed experienced goal-getter Paul Benson on-loan from Swindon, will be their toughest test yet.
Harriers have made a solid start to the season with three wins and two defeats leaving them seventh in the table.
Dunkley, 21, is well aware of the importance of a victory over one of Kidderminster’s promotion rivals.
“They’ve had a slow start but we’ve got to take Luton seriously,” said the centre-back.
“I’ve no doubt that they will only get stronger and be one of the teams vying for promotion later in the season so it would be great if we could beat them.
“It’s going to be a tough game. They’ve a big fan base so will bring a lot of support and also have a lot of very good players so we know we’re in for a test.
“But with our incredible support behind us we always play better at home and we’ll be looking to bounce back from our loss at Nuneaton.
“We were all disappointed by what happened but we’re the sort of team that does not dwell on the past and are looking ahead to Saturday.”
The former Crewe trainee will want to cap a good week with three points after he was called up to the England C squad, which will be taking on Latvia under-23s in Jelgava on Tuesday, September 10.
Dunkley had been selected for June’s win in Bermuda but had to pull out because of a persistant groin injury which dogged him at the end of last season.
He said: “I had a groin problem at the end of last season which I had been working on with Harriers’ physio.
“Unfortunately I had to pull out of the squad to make sure I was fit for this season so it’s great to be picked again.
“It’s great to be playing well as an individual but it’s more important to be part of a good team because that’s how you get recognition.”
Mickey Demetriou, who featured in the 6-1 win over Bermuda, is also on the stand-by list.
Meanwhile, fans who pay to attend the home clash against FC Halifax on Tuesday, September 24 will be given a £5 off voucher for the televised Aldershot match three days later.
Supporters trust KHIST are set to rearrange their AGM which had been set for Saturday, September 28 after the Aldershot match.
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