Vanarama National League North
Curzon Ashton v NFU
Saturday 14 November 2015
Ferriby travel to Curzon Ashton on Saturday. Curzon were promoted at the end of last season and are making a steady start in their first season at this level.
Curzon are 10th in National League North with 21 points, seven behind Ferriby. They have won four of their eight home games, losing two and drawing two. They have conceded just 18 goals in their 15 games so The Villagers may, once again, have to be patient as they look for goals.
This will be only the fourth meeting between the two clubs. The last time they met was in April 2013 when the sides met at Farsley in the final of the Doodson Sport League Challenge Cup. The Villagers won 2-1 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 at the end of extra-time.
Ferriby go in to the game with back-to-back wins behind them and will be looking to make it a hat-trick on Saturday. The next week will be a test of The Villagers’ promotion credentials with home games at The Eon Visual Media Stadium against top three sides and AFC Fylde next Saturday and Nuneaton Town on the following Tuesday.. It will certainly be a challenge for Billy Heath’s small squad.
Ferriby gave a very strong and professional performance to win at Alfreton on Tuesday. The victory saw The Villagers move up to fifth in the Vanarama National League North.
Tom Nicholson made a rare start in goal and performed well along with the whole back four. Nicholson is likely to remain in goal as Adam Nicklin’s ankle injury is not likely to have recovered.
Tuesday’s performance was a good all-round team display. Ferriby had to survive some late pressure but they certainly deserved the win in the end.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“I was very pleased with Tuesday’s performance. “ It was a hard-fought game. We were under lot of pressure in the second-half but Tom Nicholson and the back-four played extremely well. Getting a clean sheet was a bonus.
“All the team worked hard. It was a fantastic away performance. We were very professional the way we went about our game tonight.
“We need a similar performance at Curzon on Saturday. They have started reasonably well and are obviously looking to consolidate their place in the division.”
Adam Nicklin is doubtful for Tuesday. Central defender Danny Hone is still some way of being fit.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, 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, Jamie Forrester, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong