Harriers hoping for more success on the home front

CHEY DUNKLEY: Back in contention following a one-match ban.

CHEY DUNKLEY: Back in contention following a one-match ban.

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KIDDERMINSTER Harriers go in search of their third home win of the season when they take on fellow high-fliers Gateshead at Aggborough tomorrow (3pm).

Harriers are looking to follow up successes against Dartford and Alfreton on their own patch and continue their impressive start to the campaign.

Although Gary Whild’s men are below Gateshead in the Vanarama Conference table, they are one of only four teams to remain unbeaten after six games.

Third-placed Gateshead reached the play-offs last season but blotted their copybook with a 6-1 home thrashing at the hands of Grimsby Town last month.

But Gary Mills’ side are yet to taste defeat on the road, which sets the stage nicely for tomorrow’s encounter.

Harriers are also protecting the joint best defensive record in the league, having conceded just two, along with leaders Barnet.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Dover Athletic was the fifth match out of six in which Whild’s men have kept a clean sheet.

Indeed, the two goals they shipped in the 2-2 draw against Chester last month came after they had been reduced to 10 men when Chey Dunkley was sent off.

The centre-half served his one-match ban against Dover and is back in contention after being replaced by Jamie Grimes on the south coast. Meanwhile, striker Reece Hales has joined Stourbridge on loan for a month.

The teenager signed for Harriers during pre-season but has yet to make his first-team debut.

He could be involved in the Glassboys’ Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division match at Trafford tomorrow.

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