Kidderminster Harriers make the long trip from Worcestershire to West Yorkshire on Saturday as they face off against the team positioned one place and one point below them; FC Halifax Town.
The Shaymen go into the game off the back of their 8-1 demolition job over Ossett Albion in the West Riding County Cup, as well as their deserved 0-0 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup 1st Round.
Kidderminster were relegated alongside Halifax last season, and the Harriers will be hoping that they are able to bounce straight back up to the National League, and based on results so far this season, they are in with a very good chance.
Kidderminster are undefeated in their last three away league games, so the MBi Shay Stadium should play host to a very entertaining match-up, with the Shaymen also looking to get back to winning ways in the league after their 3-1 defeat to Brackley Town.
One player to keep your eye out for during the game will be Emmanuel “Mani” Dieseruvwe. Mani is a well-rounded striker, with his height causing many a defender a problem, as well as his pace on and off the ball and sheer strength when in possession.
The 21-year old signed for the Harriers in the summer on a free transfer after his release from League One outfit, Chesterfield. The 6ft 5 striker started in Sheffield Wednesday’s academy, signing his first professional contract in 2013. Mani was immediately sent out on loan, firstly to Manchester-based Hyde United, where he scored four goals in seven matches.
Fleetwood was his next destination, joining the Cod Army in their promotion-clinching 2013/14 League Two season. Dieseruvwe only played six times, bagging himself just the solitary goal.
In January 2015, Mani joined Chesterfield on a month’s loan, which went well, earning him a permanent move to the Spireites on the January transfer window deadline day. Mani grabbed his first goal for Chesterfield against Carlisle in the League Cup in August 2015, after making ten substitute appearances beforehand.
Just less than two months passed and the speedy striker made his full Football League debut against Crewe Alexandra, performing well in the 2-1 victory and impressing his manager at the time, former Aston Villa and Wales striker, Dean Saunders.
In March 2016, Dieseruvwe joined Mansfield Town on loan, making his debut three days later against Portsmouth where he bagged an assist in the 1-1 draw. A month later, he scored his first Stags goal, and his first Football League goal, when he finished superbly past Barnet.
After the Spireites released Mani, he joined the Harriers, where has found his feet and is playing in fine fettle. He has become one of John Eustace’s first-choice players in the Kidderminster line-up, scoring five times in his 18 appearances this campaign. Hopefully, he decides to save the goals for another fixture, instead of against Halifax this weekend.
FC Halifax Town face Kidderminster Harriers this Saturday, with kick-off coming at 3pm. Live updates on the Shaymen Wall, as well as Twitter, will be provided, along with live commentary and match highlights via the Shaymen Player.
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