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Posted Fri 01 Feb 13

PREVIEW: NEWPORT V HARRIERS

Harriers head to promotion rivals Newport County on Saturday (3:15pm) looking to complete a second league double in the space of a week.

Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over AFC Telford United at Aggborough wrapped up a first double of the campaign on the back of the 2-0 success at the New Bucks Head prior to Christmas.

Now the reds will look to continue that trend at the expense of one of the division’s best sides on Saturday having already beaten them 3-2 back at Aggborough in December. 

It’ll be no easy task and recent tradition dictates that we’re at least in for an entertaining affair.

The two most recent meetings between the teams have been heart-stopping encounters and, with all involved charging forward in the promotion race, there’s no sign of that letting up.

Though currently without one of the division’s best marksmen in Aaron O’Connor through injury and having lost Lee Evans to Wolves on transfer deadline day, Justin Edinburgh boasts a fine line-up at Rodney Parade and Aggborough Assistant boss Gary Whild was quite  to acknowledge this.

He told Harriers Player: “They’ve had a great season to now and Justin had brought some quality players in.

“It’s a lot different to when he took over there last season and, quite rightly, looking at them when we played them here, you can see why they’ve done so well this season.

“We’ve all spoken about the bad start we had and to have the potential at the beginning of February to go above the likes of Newport is a great position to be in.

“There is a long way to go yet and the way things are panning out there are going to be a few twists and turns between now and the end of the season.”

Harriers have two new signings available for selection on Saturday.

Nat Jarvis (Cardiff City) and Amari Morgan-Smith (Macclesfield Town) both arrived on loan on transfer deadline and go into the squad; if used, Jarvis would debut against one of his former clubs.

James Vincent and Keith Briggs are both struggling with knee issues while Sean Clancy serves the last of a three-match suspension. 

Kick-off at Rodney Parade is 3:15pm.

ON HARRIERS PLAYER NOW: Gary Whild’s exclusive full match video preview, highlights from the AFC Telford win and an exclusive first interview with new man Morgan-Smith.