Barrow v North Ferriby United
Saturday 8th February
Kick-0ff 3.00 pm
Ferriby return to League action with a long trip to Barrow for a Skrill North fixture.
Manager Billy Heath will be looking to his players to bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing FA Trophy defeat. It was a performance that the players will want to put behind them. They have shown before that they are capable of bouncing straight back from such games.
However, it is not all doom and gloom at the Eon Visual Media Stadium. Results in the Skrill North last Saturday and in midweek have largely gone Ferriby’s way to leave them in a strong position at the top of the table. The Villagers are leading second-place Hednesford on goal difference and, perhaps crucially, have two games in hand over The Pitmen. Both Boston and AFC Telford are three points behind Ferriby with each having played two and one more game respectively.
Barrow are unbeaten in nine games to climb away from the relegation battle. They have had more success on their travels than at home but will still be a tough proposition for The Villagers. Barrow have one of the worst scoring records in the division and Ferriby will be hoping it remains that way on Saturday. Against that, they have not conceded a goal in four games that have seen three 1-0 wins and a goalless draw.
Despite last Saturday’s result Ferriby remain on a good run of form with only two defeats in 20 games. They have scored in each of their last 22 games.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “Everybody was bitterly disappointed after last Saturday’s result. However, we need to put it in to perspective. We are having a very good run overall and are in a strong position in the league. The players know that a second successive promotion is within their grasp and they will be determined to get a result at Barrow. It won’t be easy up as Barrow have improved greatly ini recent weeks. We need to apply ourselves and play our normal game.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Gregg Anderson who is out for the season. Danny Hone returns from suspension and Mark Gray is available again following then of his month-long loan to Worksop which gave him some much-needed match practice. Danny Clayton has left the club to join Harrogate Town.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Jamie Yates, Paul Robson, Mark Gray
Admission charges to next Tuesday's East Riding Senior Cup match against Chalk Lane will be £2 and £1. Everybody must pay.