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Posted Fri 07 Feb 14


Manager Andy Thorn has welcomed an extra few days’ on the training ground with his players ahead of the game against Cambridge – a gap widened with the game now being moved to Saturday.

Since Thorn took up the reins at Aggborough in early January, it’s been a hectic game-after-game schedule in the FA Cup and Skrill Premier.

Following the 3-1 defeat to Gateshead last weekend, the camp has enjoyed a longer interval between games with the clash against United originally due to be played on Thursday, and now on Saturday after an initial postponement.

So the silver lining to the rather rainy cloud of frustration is at that there has been more chance to work on things in training and extra opportunity to prepare for the visit of Richard Money’s men.

Looking back on what’s been a real baptism of fire at the start of his Kidderminster career, the boss told Harriers Player:  ”It’s difficult and we have had a tough run of games but we have managed to pick some points up – although not as many as we’d have liked.

“I’m still getting to know the players, they’re still getting to know me and we hadn’t had a lot of time on the training pitch, but we [are having more] now.

“Hopefully we’ll kick on from here and I am sure we will, there are a lot of points still to play for.

“The boys are frustrated just as we are; when you go to Gateshead and play the way we did in the first half but then gift them the game – that’s stuff we’ve already been over but it does get frustrating.”

Despite the Gateshead reverse Thorn feels Harriers have tightened up in recent weeks as a necessity.

How he feels it’s time for his team to show more of what they can do going forward.

He added: “If you keep doing the right thing then it comes; we had to play a certain way against your Sunderlands and Peterboroughs but while we have that in our armoury, it’s not the way we want to be going forward.

“So it’s been important we’ve had some [extra time] to get some work into the players where we can stamp our authority on to teams a bit more.”

The game against Cambridge was postponed on Thursday evening due to a waterlogged pitch and the two sides will now try again at Aggborough on Saturday with kick-off at 3:00pm.