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Whild - Let's keep Aggborough a fortress
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
GARY Whild wants Kidderminster Harriers to stamp their authority at Aggborough, when Skrill Premier strugglers Hyde visit on Saturday.
The Cheshire outfit have endured a torrid start to the 2013-14 season with five defeats and two draws in their first seven matches.
They will face a Harriers outfit keen to bounce back from their last home match, when they were beaten 2-0 by Luton, which was their first defeat at Aggborough in the regular season since New Year’s Day.
Kidderminster will also be buoyed by Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Welling United, which was only the Kent side’s second loss in 52 matches at Park View Road.
“After losing to Luton the players want to make sure Aggborough is a fortress,” said assistant boss Whild.
“We’ve got a very good home record and we want to make sure that continues.
“Hyde have had a difficult start but last season they managed to improve and stay up, which was impressive considering the resources at their disposal, so it won’t be an easy match.”
Harriers could be unchanged for Hyde after impressive displays by keeper Nathan Vaughan and goal-scorer James Dance.
Whild paid tribute to the former Plymouth shot-stopper Vaughan, who has spent much of his career playing for Calor Southern League side Evesham United.
“We’re lucky to have two very good keepers in Danny and Nathan,” said Whild.
“They push each other on and that can only be a good thing.
“Nathan’s probably feels he’s making up for lost time but he’s worked extremely hard to realise his potential and is a true professional.”
Whild also confirmed new addition Amari Morgan-Smith would be offered a longer deal if he impresses.
Morgan-Smith had a five-game loan spell from Macclesfield last season where he caught the eye of manager Steve Burr.
The striker joined on a short term deal last Thursday to bolster Kidderminster’s forward options and looked bright as a substitute on Saturday.
He was a free agent after spending pre-season at Mansfield and going on trial at Luton.
Whild added: “Amari is another player we’re lucky to have at the club and hopefully we can tie him up for longer.”
Meanwhile, defender Chey Dunkley made his England C debut in Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss at Latvia under-23s. The 21-year-old played the full game and was given the captain’s armband in the first half.
n After the Hyde clash (3pm ko), Kidderminster go to Tamworth in the Conference Premier next Tuesday (7.45pm ko).
n Aggborough will host the Under-16s Victory Shield match between England and Wales on Friday, October 4.
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