Home advantage could be key against Harriers - Westley

Manager Graham Westley insists he would rather be in Boro s position than tonight s opponents Kidderminster despite Mark Yates side holding a one-point advantage over them in the race for the play-offs. Westley knows his side must take all three points

Manager Graham Westley insists he would rather be in Boro's position than tonight's opponents Kidderminster despite Mark Yates' side holding a one-point advantage over them in the race for the play-offs.

Westley knows his side must take all three points against Harriers to keep up any realistic chance of making the top five but believes home advantage could sway the contest in Stevenage's favour.

"It's a huge game - arguably if there's a winner then they will go on to fill one of those play-off spots," Westley told The Comet.

"It's really us or them. We obviously want it to be us and we need to make sure we make home advantage count.


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"I'd sooner be in our position than theirs - I have to be honest."

Boro showed at Aggborough that they can more than match Kidderminster as they raced into a two-goal lead in the first quarter of the match thanks to goals from Lee Boylan and Mitchell Cole.

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But Darren Murphy's dismissal completely changed the game and Boro duly capitulated in the second half to lose 4-2.

Boro were without Andy Drury for that match but the midfielder returned from a hamstring injury to come on as a substitute against Torquay at the weekend and Westley said he is delighted to have the talented former Lewes man back in his squad.

"Andy has worked very hard to get back. He has been rushing to get out of the treatment room because he was working the longest shifts at the club!

"It's nice to have him back. In the time he was on the pitch (against Torquay) he showed some great moments of quality and he has got the kind of vision and execution that you die for."

Meanwhile, Jon Ashton is once again likely to miss out due to the shoulder injury he sustained against Ebbsfleet meaning Michael Bostwick is likely to fill in at centre half alongside Mark Roberts.

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