Chorley v North Ferriby United
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Saturday 17 November 2012 KO 3.00 pm
League leaders Ferriby defend a fourteen game unbeaten league run when they travel to Chorley on Saturday. The Villagers have won eleven and drawn three of these games. This is Ferriby's best league run since joining the Northern Premier League in 2000.
The Chorley game is the second of four consecutive games against sides who are currently in the top six in the table. Chorley fill the sixth spot, ten points behind Ferriby. They have had a mixed set of results so far and have lost seven of their 18 games so far.
Ferriby are in a strong positon even though some of the chasing pack have games in hand. It is too early for the current run of games to be a defining moment in Ferriby's season but they could go a long way to securing a play-off spot.
As Manager Billy Heath commented, "Like every manager, I'd rather have the points on the board than the games in hand. We are in the middle of a tough run of fixtures against clubs that are well-placed but to be honest, there are no easy games in this division."
Last Saturday's victory over Marine was a polished performance by Ferriby. The Villagers controlled most of the game and dominated Marine in midfield. Ferriby's defence put in another strong performance and limited Marine's scoring opportunities. Dean Lisles scored his first goal for the club and midfielders Chris Bolder and Danny Clarke completed the scoring. Clarke's goal was a stunning volley that deserved a wider audience.
Ferriby are still without the injured Gary Bradshaw (hamstring) and Steve Gardner (knee). Paul Foot may be back in the squad following injury; he played 75 minutes for the Reserves last Saturday.
Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Sam Belcher, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Dean Lisles, Mark Gray, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Jack Muldoon, Anthony Wilson Ryan Kendall, Ben Hunter, Steve Ridley, Tim Taylor