No Kidding! Back Harriers and Heed

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: December 12 2012, 13:39 GMT

The FA Trophy gets to the second round proper on Saturday afternoon so it's time to offer the Betting Zone selections.

Steve Burr's Kidderminster should be backed.

I will be going for two Conference National sides in the outright market with Kidderminster bang on form and Gateshead slightly off their step.

Kidderminster have only suffered one defeat in 17 league games since the end of August and now sit just outside the play-off race after a spell at the bottom of the standings.

Conference rivals Alfreton were defeated 3-1 in the first round and the reward for that success is an away tie at Conference South Bromley.

That game provides a decent test but the Harriers have more than enough quality to deal with it given the tremendous run they are on.

The return of star striker Jamille Matt after British citizenship issues has been a huge boost and he's already started to shine with a hat-trick in last Saturday's 3-2 win over promotion contenders Newport.

Matt had been missing from action since the end of February and, although he's sure to attract the attention of sides higher up the pyramid again, his comeback really does give Kidderminster an X-factor.

Their defence is also solid with four league clean sheets in a row prior to the Newport win so Steve Burr's men really are the form horses.

Getting 16/1 for the Aggborough outfit to lift the top prize at Wembley is worth an interest so get involved.

Gateshead are selection number two during a week that has seen manager Ian Bogie depart having been in the job since 2007.

The decision to sack Bogie came after a run of four league games without a win but I still don't things are too bad for the men from the Gateshead International Stadium.

Gateshead's aspirations at the start of the season were for a play-off push but a position of 14th and a deficit of nine points means it will take a bit of work to reach the top five.

There are former league clubs Cambridge, Hereford and Lincoln with the Tynesiders in the mid-table ranks so the club shouldn't underestimate just how tough it is to reach at the right end of the Conference standings.

Gateshead have a good chance to focus on the FA Trophy and they will be out for revenge on Saturday after losing 3-0 against second round opponents Cambridge in the league last weekend.

Knocking out a fellow Conference mid-table side is well within their capabilities and the chance of guiding then through has been handed to caretaker boss Anth Smith.

Their form on the road isn't too bad with draws at Kidderminster and Wrexham in their last five away games so they should be able to take the tie to a replay at least.

A new man should be in the hotseat by the next round and backing Gateshead at 25/1 provides our second tip as the battle to reach Wembley intensifies.

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