Kidderminster Harriers v Stevenage Boro preview

Kidderminster Harriers v Stevenage Borough FA Trophy semi-final, first leg Saturday, March 13 – 3pm kick off Aggborough Stadium, Hoo Road, Kidderminster, DY10 1NB The season so far BORO go into this FA Trophy semi-final first leg top of the Blue Square P

Kidderminster Harriers v Stevenage Borough

FA Trophy semi-final, first leg

Saturday, March 13 - 3pm kick off

Aggborough Stadium, Hoo Road, Kidderminster, DY10 1NB


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The season so far

BORO go into this FA Trophy semi-final first leg top of the Blue Square Premier.

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While Oxford United suffered a surprise loss at home to Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday evening Graham Westley's men beat Barrow 4-0 with Yemi Odubade scoring a hat-trick, the second Boro player to do so in three games after Mitchell Cole helped himself to three at Eastbourne Borough last month.

Boro have kept three clean sheets in their last three games and they are also the Blue Square Premier's leading goalscorers with 62 goals.

Kidderminster sit 10th in the Blue Square Premier after their goalless draw away to Eastbourne last Saturday.

Steve Burr's men are unbeaten in nine and Burr himself was named the Blue Square Premier manager-of-the-month for February.

Road to the semi-finals

Having won the FA Trophy last year Boro began this year's campaign at home to Ebbsfleet United. Goals from Chris Beardsley and David Bridges booked them a place in the second round.

Another home tie awaited Boro in the next round and this time Vauxhall Motors were the visitors but they were sent back to the North West on the back of a 6-0 drubbing.

David Bridges (two), Mark Roberts, Lee Boylan, Stacy Long and Andy Drury scored for Boro.

Next to visit the Lamex Stadium were Dover Athletic who, although having taken the lead in the 23rd minute, were eventually beaten 4-1 with Tim Sills, Chris Beardsley, Michael Bostwick and Yemi Odubade getting the goals.

Boro were home again in the quarter-finals with Workington the opponents. Again Graham Westley's men had to come from behind to win with a Stacy Long brace sending them through 2-1.

Kidderminster began the campaign with a 2-0 win away to Matlock Town with two goals in the final 12 minutes before leaving it late at home to Lewis on January 19 when a 90th minute goal from Gavin Caines sealed a 3-2 home win.

Steve Burr's men then travelled to Worcester City and Chris McPhee scored the only goal of the game as he booked his side a quarter-final spot against Oxford United.

The underdogs for that match, Kiddie returned from the Kassam Stadium 2-1 winners courtesy of a late Robbie Matthews goal.

Team news

The hosts will be without Marc Goodfellow and Jack Byrne for this tie as both players are cup-tied while player-assistant manager John Finnigan will put himself through a fitness test to see if he has recovered from a calf problem. Gavin Caines should be fit to start.

Boro could include Charlie Griffin in the squad after the striker started in Boro Reserves' 2-0 win over Luton Town midweek. Midfielder Darren Murphy had 67 minutes in the same match and could be given a place on the bench.

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