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Posted Thu 31 Dec 15

Preview: Langmead ready for Robins return

Kelvin Langmead says he wants Harriers to put in a performance to kick-start their season at the start of 2016 when they travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday (3pm).

It’s been a season and a year to forget for Harriers and their supporters.

With just a handful of wins to their name, a big resurgence is needed in 2016 if the club are to have a real chance of retaining their National League status.

The first challenge is arguably one of the biggest they’ll face in the next twelve months – a trip to the league leaders.

Harriers will want to avenge a narrow Boxing Day defeat at the hands of the Robins and Langmead, speaking to Harriers PlayerHD, says the team must go there and relish the opportunity.

Reflecting on the reverse fixture, he commented: “They’re top of the league and we were done by a set piece for their second goal.

“If you take that out of the equation and we, as a group, defend that better, then we would be taking a point off them.

“[This run] has not been easy or fun but you have got to enjoy playing football.

“You have got to enjoy going to a team who has spent a long time in the Football League.

“They’ll have a decent crowd and you’ll want to test yourself – it’s the first test of 2016 so let’s go there with no pressure and hope to cause an upset.

“It could be a catalyst for us and it would be a great way to start the year.”

Harriers will be without injured defender Jordan Tunnicliffe and winger Adam Dawson for the game, while Matt Young misses out through suspension.

As things stand, Ben Whitfield and Kyle Howkins will be available for selection for the final time as their loan spells with Harriers expire after the clash.

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

Catch Kelvin's full pre-match video preview below: