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Eastbourne in wounded Harriers' sights
11:00am Friday 4th September 2009 in News
HARRIERS will be aiming to get back on track when they welcome poor travellers Eastbourne to Aggborough for a Blue Square Premier clash on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Mark Yates' troops are licking their wounds after Bank Holiday Monday's loss to Tamworth in Staffordshire and will be eager to restore the form that saw off Altrincham and Grays.
Saturday's opponents are not quite the force they are at their home ground and have endured a poor start on their travels so far.
The Sports have earned just one point away from Eastbourne this season, ironically with a 1-1 draw at Salisbury, where Harriers produced their worst display of the season so far.
So far this campaign, the Aggborough outfit have blown hot and cold and manager Mark Yates has called on his players to become more consistent.
Captain Chris McPhee will be eager to see off his home town side.
The former Weymouth and Ebbsfleet man made his Harriers debut at home to the Sports in March last season.
It was an eventful start for the versatile midfielder, who moved to central defence after Craig Armstrong's sending off.
He said: "Eastbourne are going to be very physical, very direct and they won't take any prisoners.
"They won't give us an inch going forward and we'll have to make sure we shut up shop at the back and have plenty of possession.
"We can't afford to let the defeat to Tamworth play on our minds for too long, we've got to learn from it and move on."
Harriers will be hoping that striker Robbie Matthews has recovered from the groin strain which has kept him out of the last three matches.
Duane Courtney, Kyle Hadley and Gavin Caines are expected to shake off niggly injuries in time for the game.
Defender Martin Riley is also eligible after serving his one-match suspension against Tamworth.
Saturday's opponents will be without experienced goalkeeper Danny Knowles, who was sent off in Eastbourne's home loss to Ebbsfleet.
Former Arsenal rookie keeper Michael Jordan makes his first start of the season.
Neil Jenkins (hamstring), Paul Armstrong (hip), Matt Smart (ankle) and Marc Pullan (thigh) are all injury doubts for manager Garry Wilson.
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