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Posted Fri 17 Jan 14

PREVIEW: ALDERSHOT V HARRIERS

UPDATE: ALDERSHOT HAVE CONFIRMED TO US THAT THERE WILL BE AN 8AM PITCH INSPECTION AT THE GROUND TOMORROW DUE TO THE WET WEATHER IN THE AREA CAUSING PROBLEMS WITH THE PLAYING SURFACE. 


Harriers must now put the FA Cup behind them for two crucial league games in the space of a few days, starting with the trip to Aldershot Town tomorrow (3:00pm). 

Much of the national Cup spotlight has stuck with Harriers over the last week or so and while interest in the game at Sunderland remains at fever pitch, boss Andy Thorn now says it must be the furthest things from the minds of his players.

The reds, fifth in the table, got their league games under Thorn off to a perfect start courtesy of the 3-0 win over Salisbury last weekend. 

Now they must look to continue a mini run of two wins from two in all competitions under the new boss when they take to the road once more – this time to the new Recreation Ground, now called the Electrical Services Stadium. 

They face an Aldershot outfit with just three league defeats to their name on their own soil; they sit just above the relegation zone but, as has been the case almost all season, such a position has cast an unfair reflection on their actual form courtesy of a ten point deduction before they’d even kicked a ball.

On merit they’d be just nine points outside the play-offs and so it’s no surprise the manager is calling for focus.

“The boys have been fantastic and the results we’ve had have mirrored their performances,” he said.

“We just have to make sure we keep our foot on the peddle.

“We’ve had a chat and we’re fully focused on Aldershot for Saturday.

“It’s only natural that people will be thinking about Sunderland but the boys have had a lot of accolades over the last couple of days and now it’s back to business and we’re looking forward to going down to Aldershot.

“They’ve got a good management team and the ten points puts a misleading look on the table.”

The manager also confirmed that there are no new injury concerns ahead of the game – Amari Morgan-Smith did pick up a knock to the foot in the game against Peterborough but that’s not said to be causing any real concern. 

Callum Gittings (shoulder/hamstring) remains out for at least another week or two while Harriers, as of Friday lunchtime, are still waiting for confirmation of new signing Adrian Cieslewicz's international clearance to enable him to feature. 

Kick-off at Aldershot on Saturday afternoon is at 3:00pm. 

Pictured - Harriers in action against Aldershot at Aggborough earlier this season - the game ended 0-0 in front of the BT Sports cameras. 

WATCH NOW: The full and exclusive Harriers Player interview with wide man Cieslewicz. www.player.harriers.co.uk