BY Liam O’Brien
Blyth Spartans travel to Aggborough Stadium to face Kidderminster Harriers this Saturday in the hopes of getting their first points away from home this season.
Michael Nelson’s men have suffered a difficult start on the road so far with heavy defeats at Gloucester City and Guiseley.
Injury problems have also blighted Blyth’s games recently but they will have new signing Michael Cain available for the match.
Kidderminster currently sit 8th in National League North after two wins and one defeat from their opening three games.
Russell Penn’s side lost 2-1 at home to Chester but have since won two in a row, beating Darlington 3-1 and Chorley 2-0 away from home.
Omari Sterling-James has three goals in his last two games and could be a handful in the match.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
Michael Nelson spoke about the signing of Michael Cain ahead of the match. He said: “It is someone we needed to bring in to provide a little bit more depth in midfield but Michael is certainly not someone we’re bringing in as cover.”
He also added on Liam Agnew’s injury: “Hopefully, Liam won’t be too much longer and we can have a full strength squad to pick from.”
Meanwhile, new signing Cain previewed what could be his first game in Blyth Spartans colours.
The former Leicester City man said: “A first competitive game for any team is special but due to the current times we are in with all the uncertainty in the world it’s been a while since I last played, so it will be extra special.
“Kidderminster have always been known for being a well-respected team who will make it difficult for any team they come up against.
“Hopefully we can play the way we want to and build a strong start for the rest of the season.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Kidderminster defender Caleb Richards, on loan from Norwich City said: “Blyth are a good side.
“They’ve not had the greatest start to the season, so they’re going to be right up for it. We’re just going to look to get those three points.
“The results don’t mean anything for them. They’re going to come here looking for their first win, so it’s going to be a tough game, but I think we’ll come out on top.”
LAST TIME WE MET
Blyth’s last away win in National League North actually came at Aggborough in January.
The game was settled by a wonderstrike from Lewis Hawkins midway through the second-half.
Our hosts have announced a live stream will be operation at Aggborough this afternoon.
For more information, please visit the Kidderminster website here.