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Posted Fri 23 Sep 16

Preview: Back to League action with Alfreton test

JAMES McQUILKIN says Harriers are “ready to go again” as they head to Alfreton Town in the National League North on Saturday.

The team’s recent form is strong after victories against Salford City and Tamworth (twice) yielded eleven goals without reply.

But, ahead of the trip to the Impact Arena, fit-again McQuilkin says Harriers must remain at their best if that run is to continue.

A bigger warning comes in the recent form of the home team this weekend.

In their last three League and FA Cup matches, Alfreton have beaten both of the division’s top two – having downed Harrogate Town in the league before seeing off AFC Fylde in the FA Cup last time out.

There will be plenty for John Eustace’s men to contend with, then, but McQuilkin is confident Harriers can get the right result if they keep up their performance levels.

“The lads have been brilliant and we are delighted to be scoring goals and not conceding,” he said.

“But we’re taking each game as it comes and we’re ready to go again for Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to it.

“We want to be competitive in every game we play and if we play the way we know we can, we can win a lot of games.

“There are a lot of good teams in the league and we know that.

“[But] you can see the lads are starting to gel and we’re enjoying every game – we have a lot of hungry, young players who are growing with every game.”

McQuilkin is back available to Harriers this weekend after missing the FA Cup win over Tamworth last time out with a hamstring injury.

Eustace otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Harriers had been due to lock horns with two of their former players this weekend.

However, striker Evan Garnett has just departed Town for a loan spell with Buxton having moved to the Impact Arena after spending the second half of last season at Aggborough.

Playmaker Dan Bradley is another recent departure following his move to Fylde earlier this week.

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

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