Monday 21st April 2014
Boston United v North Ferriby United
Ferriby travel to Boston United on Monday for a Skrill North fixture that is important for both sides. Leaders Ferriby know that a win should take them into the final day of the regular season as leaders of the Skrill North. A win, or a draw, for The Villagers would also end Boston’s outside chances of a play-off spot. In some ways, Boston may be under greater pressure that Ferriby. A point or all three would also ensure that the title race will be a straight fight between Telford and The Villagers.
Defeats for both Telford and Ferriby on Monday could leave the route open for a four-way tie on points come next Saturday. The only thing that is certain is that the final day is going to be exciting and nerve-wracking for all concerned.
Saturday’s win saw Ferriby come from a 2-1 deficit for the second time in four days to win. There is no denying the spirit and character that exists in this current Ferriby side. They have a belief in their ability and never know when to give-up.
They took the lead with a Nathan Jarman penalty against Harrogate but went in 2-1 down at half-time as Harrogate scored with their only two shots of the half.
The second-half was an engrossing affair. Harrogate started by searching for a clinching goal whilst Ferriby pressed for the equaliser. That duly came after 64 minutes when mark gray headed home Russ Fry’s free-kick. The winning goal was worthy enough to win any game. Nathan Peat’s cross was chested down by Jarman to Anthony Wilson who took a couple of paces to pick his spot for the winner.
Adam Nicklin made three superb saves to deny Harrogate as the game came to a close. Taking the game overall, Ferriby deserved the win but Harrogate were certainly disappointed to have not got a point.
Following Saturday’s game, Manager Billy Heath commented, “This was a very good team performance. We always knew it was going to be a difficult game. Harrogate came to win but we showed, character, spirit and skill and deserved the points in the end. We have been 2-1 down in the last two games but have shown the character to come back and win. It would be easily to wilt in those situations given what is at stake. The players have to be commended for winning. It was good to see a decent crowd. It certainly lifted the players.
“It is going to be another difficult game at Boston on Monday. They have to win to have any chance of a play-off-spot. It is always a hard place to go to get a result. It is great to be in our position. Hopefully, the experience of being in a similar situation at the end of last season will work in our favour. Whatever happens on Monday, we know that the title will not be decided until next Saturday.”
Heath will definitely be without Gregg Anderson, Jon D’Laryea and Dean Lisles and Jamie Yates due to injuries. Yates was stretchered-off in the second-half on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Lewis McMahon, Tim Taylor, Louis Bruce, Steve Gardner
Voting has opened for the Club’s player of the season. Supporters can vote on-line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Voting slips will be available at the Brackley game. Voting closes at 6pm on Saturday 26th April