Harriers manager pleased with squad ahead of promotion push

Burr backs strong squad for run-in

Burr backs strong squad for run-in

First published in Sport

KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Steve Burr believes he has assembled a squad strong enough to keep the pressure up on their promotion rivals.

Harriers head to Hyde tomorrow (3pm) aiming for a third successive Blue Square Bet Premier win to further strengthen their claim for a top-five finish.

With the team well placed to mount a challenge for honours, Burr has moved to bolster the ranks for the final few months of the campaign.

Following the arrivals of Amari Morgan-Smith and Nat Jarvis, he has added fellow striker Greg Pearson, on loan from leaders Grimsby Town until the end of the season, and free-agent winger Martin Devaney.

Burr feels he has recruited effectively and insists everyone will be needed to play their part.

“What is important is that we have strength-in-depth for the run-in,” he said. “We’ve told the players in no uncertain terms they need to be at it when called upon.

“Yes, we’ll have a lot of competition for places and there will be times when players will be on the bench or not even in the squad.

“But there will be a time when we need them and they know they must be ready for the challenge. We’ve got to keep pushing on because I believe there is a chance of doing something really special.

“We’re on a great run at the moment and anything can happen if we maintain it.”

Anthony Malbon, who struck in last Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Cambridge United, is expected to be fit following an ankle strain but midfielder Keith Briggs (knee) is still around a fortnight away from being available.

Hyde, beaten 3-0 at Aggborough in October, won 3-1 at Telford last Tuesday but have picked up just one point from their last three matches at Ewen Fields.

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