FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

Corby Town v NFU (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
Corby Town v  NFU

Saturday 5  March 2016
 Kick-off 3.00pm

Fifth-placed Ferriby travel to relegation threatened Corby Town on  Saturday.  Both sides should have played away games in  midweek but the games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Corby are next-to-bottom in the National League North. This is partly due to a poor home record which has seen them win four and draw two of their 16 home games. They have the second-worst defensive record, conceding 65 goals in the league. They have also found it difficult to score but Greg Mills is in the top scorers in the division. His 14 goals see him sandwiched between Ferriby’s Liam King and Tom Denton.

Despite only scoring three times in the last five games, The Villagers still have the second-highest-scoring attack in the Vanarama National League with 60 goals in their 31 games. The midweek results saw Ferriby drop to fifth and they really need a win on Saturday to maintain their top-five spot. The title now seems to be between Solihull and Harrogate but Ferriby will be looking to finish as high as possible in the four play-off spots.

Ferriby had few complaints about their defeat at FC United of Manchester last Saturday. Ferriby took the lead with a Liam king penalty and had the better of the first-half. However, the second-half was a different story. FC United changed their game plan and pressured Ferriby and took a 2-1 lead.  Tom Denton seemed to have grabbed a point for Ferriby with an 89th minute equaliser but slack defending allowed FC United to take all three points with a goal in added time.

Ferriby’s recent form is of some concern but they are still well-placed in a very competitive division. Denton’s goal on Saturday was the first in open play for five games. The  Villagers hammered Corby 5-0 at The Eon Visual Media Stadium in October and they would dearly like to complete the double on Saturday. However, as recent results between sides from the top and bottom of the league have shown, there are no easy games in this division.

 Manager Billy Heath comments,

“It wasn’t ideal to see Tuesday’s game postponed. It leaves us with another midweek fixture. Corby are going to be a difficult proposition on Saturday. Every team in this league is. If we can find our scoring knack again we should take something from the game.

“It has been frustrating to see the lads create so many chances and not find the back of the net. I’m sure that will change in the run-in. We have obviously slipped a bit in the league but we are still in a good position and it is a bonus to be challenging for a play-off spot at this stage of the season.”

Heath should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.

NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, 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 Brooksbyv

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