Kidderminster’s poor form accounted for another manager this week as Andy Thorn was shown the door after just a couple of months in charge, the Harriers hierarchy feeling that action was needed in light of the fact that the team has won just twice in 2014.

Their poor run has hindered Kidderminster’s chances of reaching the play-offs but fans shouldn’t be too demoralised at this stage as bookies, who are rarely wrong, still fancy Harriers to break into the top five, BetVictor making them odds-on at 10/11.

Nevertheless, they aren’t expected to aid their cause this weekend, Ladbrokes pricing Gary Whild’s men at 21/10 to pick up three vital points at the expense of Stan James’s 6/5 favourites Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground, where bet365 rate a stalemate at 13/5.

A score draw meanwhile, is a 7/2 chance at bet365, Stan James offer 9/2 about it being level at the end of each half and for those that are understandably tentative given Harriers’ recent inconsistency, Whild’s troops are 6/5 in Skybet’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

Alternatively, Paddy Power hand Kidderminster a goal start in the handicaps at 3/5 but travelling fans seeking crumbs of comfort will be buoyed by the hosts’ own patchy form not to mention the fact that Harriers eased to a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture at Aggborough back in November.

A repeat of that result is perhaps a touch ambitious at odds of 25/1 with Stan James but BetVictor’s 11/1 about a 2-1 away success isn’t without appeal, betway make Whild’s charges 4/1 to be in front at the end of each half and it’s 7/2 at for Kidderminster to sneak it by a one-goal margin.

Elsewhere, BetVictor mark 13/20 against both teams finding the net, bet365 go 7/1 about Amari Morgan-Smith breaking the deadlock in North Wales and it’s 11/10 (William Hill) for any Harriers player to net first.

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