Vanarama National League North
Boston United v NFU
Saturday 19 March 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Third-placed Ferriby travel to promotion rivals Boston United on Saturday. The game is a “six-pointer” with both clubs looking for all three points.
Boston are in 6th place in the Vanarama National League and are level on points with fifth-placed Nuneaton Town. Ferriby are five points ahead of The Pilgrims and Nuneaton, one ahead of Harrogate and two behind second-placed AFC Fylde. Solihull remain nine points clear of Fylde at the top of the table.
Whilst the promotion places seem to be between these six clubs, Tamworth, Chorley, Stockport and Curzon Ashton will still be thinking that a late run could pull them in to contention.
Boston have a decent scoring record but have leaked goals and only have a goal difference og plus four, by far the worst of the top six clubs. They have won ten and drawn three of their 17 home games, scoring thirty goals and conceding 22. A tight game is in prospect. Ferriby won the reverse fixture 4-3 in November and would, no doubt, be happy with a similar result on Saturday.
Boston have completed the loan signings of Lincoln City’s experienced defender Nat Brown and young striker Conner Robinson. Both are expected to be in the squad to face Ferriby on Saturday.
Ferriby go in to the game with two consecutive wins behind them. Striker Tom Denton has found his goal-touch again and has scored in each of the last three games. Last Saturday’s hard-fought win over Stalybridge was well-deserved. It was a a difficult game and The Villagers were drawn in to Celtic’s game-plan and were frustrated for much of the game. The Villagers’ attitude and belief in themselves finally saw them through.
Manager Billy Heath comments,
“The Stalybridge game was difficult but we got the points and that is what matters at this stage of the season. We are still in a strong position and we can only take each game as it comes.
“Every game is going to be difficult as we have to play a number of teams whor are still in with a shout of the play-offs or who are trying to avoid relegation.
“We need to be consistent, keep our concentration and display the spirit and skill that we have a s a side. We will be aware of what our rivals are doing but at the end of the day it will come down to what we do.
“The Boston game will be tough. There will be a large and vociferous crowd. That is not always a bad thing for us as the players often respond well in those situations.”
Hopefully, Heath should have a full squad to choose from at Boston.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby