Football Preview: Harlow Town hope for festive cheer at Merstham

Football / Mon 19th Dec 2016 pm31 08:06pm

Harlow Town FC vs Merstham Preview

By Luke Henry

HARLOW will be hoping for a change in fortune after two consecutive defeats away to Needham Market and Leiston respectively, which has left them 13th in the Ryman Premiership with 30 points.

They now turn their attention to Tuesday’s game at home against Merstham at the Harlow Arena, who have lost once in their last previous four outings, winning two of them with a notable 2-1 home success against title chasing Havant and Waterlooville in the process.

Merstham go into this match five points behind their opponents with a game in hand, and while they can cut the gap to two points, Harlow can move up to eighth if results go their way for the time being.

This will be a tall order for Merstham however, as they haven’t won a game away from home all season, drawing four and losing six, while Harlow are a pretty strong team at home, winning seven out of nine this season. They will also be looking out to keep dangerman Alex Read quiet, the striker has bagged 15 goals this season, with 11 of them arriving on home turf.

Changes could be welcomed for Harlow, with Noto and Da Costa both pushing for recalls to the starting 11, while Merstham will most probably be unchanged following their 2-2 draw with Canvey Island on Saturday.

This promises to be an intriguing game, both teams not in the best form it has to be said, and with Merstham struggling to pick up points on the road, Harlow should be looking at this game as a chance to restore back to the winning ways of old.

Kick off: 7.45 PM

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