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James McQuilkin a doubt for Kidderminster Harriers

By Matt Maher | Kidderminster Harriers | Published:

Kidderminster Harriers are assessing the fitness of midfielder James McQuilkin ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Southport while winger Daniel Nti has left the club.

James McQuilkin

McQuilkin, aged 28, was forced off after just 20 minutes of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Curzon Ashton at Aggborough with an ankle injury.

Harriers boss John Eustace admitted it was uncertain whether McQulkin would recover in time for the journey to the north-west.

“We will have to see if James is ready to play,” he said.

“He’s a big player for us so we hope the injury is not too serious.

"We missed him during the second half on Tuesday.”

For the second time in the space of a few days, Harriers found themselves a goal to the good at half-time.

But just as against Boston the previous Saturday, it was an advantage they failed to hold as Curzon battled back to earn a point.

The consecutive home draws continued an underwhelming start to the season and Eustace is acutely aware of the increasing frustration of fans at below-par showings.

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Much of the problem can be traced back to the club’s summer recruitment.

Harriers did not make their first signing until the squad had returned for pre-season training while two of the new signings, Liam Daly and Cieron Keane, left last week after being deemed not up to standard.

Nti's departure was confirmed yesterday.

The 23-year-old's contract was cancelled by mutual consent, after making three appearances for them this season.

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Nti previously plied his trade with York City and Worcester City before joining Harriers in March.

On the club's form, Eustace added: “We will keep working hard, that is all we can do.

“It’s been frustrating so far but I think over the next few weeks the team will keep improving.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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