Vanarama National League North
Chorley v NFU
Saturday 5 December 2015
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to Lancashire on Saturday to play Chorley at Victory Park. Both teams will be looking to put FA Trophy defeats behind them and build a push for promotion in the second half of the season.
Chorley lost 5-2 at Skelmersdale on Tuesday whilst The Villagers relinquished their hold on the Trophy with their 2-1 home defeat to Stocksbridge last Saturday.
Both clubs will have been dismayed with their results and will feel they have a point to make on Saturday.
Ferriby remain the National League North’s leading scorers and have one of the meaner defences. The Villagers are in third place but it is so tight at the top that, depending on results on Saturday, they could finish the afternoon anywhere between second and sixth.
Chorley are in ninth spot, nine points behind Ferriby. The Magpies have won seven lost seven and drawn four of their games so far. At home it has been a case of three wins, three draws and three losses. They have scored 28 goals and conceded 30.
Games between the clubs over the years have generally been tight affairs but the reverse fixture at The Eon Visual Media Stadium saw Ferriby win 4-0.
Ferriby’s performance against Stocksbridge was probably their worst of the season. Having gone ahead after just five minutes they really should have taken the game by the scruff of the neck. Unfortunately, the goal seemed to have the opposite effect.
“Last Saturday’s result was massively disappointing. To lose our hold on the Trophy in the way we did has hurt everybody. We now need to put that behind us and focus on beating Chorley. We are in a good position in the league and we have to consolidate that.
“We need to carry-on doing what we have been doing all season until last Saturday when we under-performed as a team. The players have the ability, spirit and commitment to bounce back and continue a promotion challenge.”
Heath will still be missing Adam Nicklin and Danny Hone due to injuries.
NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Wayne Brooksby, Ross Armstrong
Ferriby will have no game next Saturday. The date was left blank for FA Trophy fixtures and the club has been unable to re-arrange a league game.