Grimsby Town: Kidderminster are not to be underestimated, says Sam Hatton
DON'T be fooled – struggling Kidderminster Harriers will be no pushovers.
That's the message from Grimsby Town full-back Sam Hatton as the Mariners prepare to visit the Blue Square Bet Premier's bottom team tomorrow (3pm).
Steve Burr's side remain without a win this season and currently prop up the division.
However, The Worcestershire club have showed signs of improvement, bouncing back from five consecutive defeats to draw their last three matches.
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And Hatton believes the side that finished just outside the play-off spots last time around are in a false position eight games in.
"I've been really surprised by them being bottom of the table because they normally do pretty well, and their manager, Steve Burr, is a decent boss," the defender said.
"So I'm sure they'll pick up at some point – as long as it's not tomorrow!
"I don't know a huge amount about them as a side, but I think they will want to get the ball down and knock it about a bit.
"Regardless of where they are in the table, you can't take anything for granted in football.
"We've just got to go there, be professional and get the three points."
It has been a frustrating start to life in Cleethorpes for Hatton, who arrived from AFC Wimbledon in the summer.
The 24-year-old played almost 50 games for the Dons last season, and was an integral part of three promotion-winning sides.
That included the team that secured promotion to the Football League in 2011 – a campaign which saw him named supporters' player of the year.
But since signing a two-year deal with the Mariners the right-back has struggled to nail down a regular spot in the Town starting XI.
He admitted: "Of course that's been a bit frustrating – everyone wants to play football.
"But the lads have been playing well and the team's been doing okay, so I can't complain about anything.
"I've just got to wait for my chance and take it when it comes. With the squad we've got here, you've got to be patient sometimes, but once you've got the shirt you need to keep playing well, win games and impress the managers.
"The run we're on now is great for everyone's confidence – you just want to keep getting the wins and keep it going.
"It's going to stop at some point but hopefully not soon.
"At the moment we seem to be better against the top teams.
"So we need to keep that going and start getting some consistent results against the sides further down the table."
After replacing the injured Bradley Wood against Forest Green last weekend, Hatton picked up a knock of his own – meaning he missed England C's clash with Belgium in midweek.
"It was slight ankle ligament damage and that kept me out of the England C game on Wednesday, which was pretty annoying.
"But I've got it strapped up and am training again now, so we'll see how it goes.
"I'm hopeful I will be fit and ready for tomorrow.
"I've played for the England C side three times before, two years ago, when I was last playing in the Conference.
"And it's an honour playing for your country at any level, isn't it? So I was really disappointed to miss out this time."