FA Trophy sponsored by Carlsberg Third Round
Farnborough FC v North Ferriby United
Saturday 24th January 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby are back in FA Trophy action on Saturday when they travel to Farnborough FC of the Vanarama Conference South.
Farnborough FC were re-formed in the late summer of 2007 following the demise of Farnborough Town due to financial problems. The new club had to start in the Southern League South & West division following a mandatory two step relegation from Conference South.
Not surprisingly, this is the first time that the clubs will have met so are something of an unknown quantity to each other.
The Villagers are currently in 9th position in the Vanarama Conference North whilst Farnborough are 20th in the Vanarama Conference South and facing a relegation battle.
Ferriby are the North division’s draw specialists with 11 draws from their 26 League games. Farnborough have won just seven of their 23 league games and are generally struggling to score goals. The Villagers have a better scoring record and a better defensive record than Farnborough this season.
A win for The Villagers will take them in to the last eight of the Trophy for the second consecutive year. There is no doubt that the Ferriby players will be looking to at least equal last season’s performance.
Ferriby had a tough game at Stalybridge last Saturday. It took a second-half revival to pull back a two goal deficit to earn a point.
Farnborough beat fellow Conference South side in a replay in the last round. Their league wins have generally come against teams in the lower half of the table but they did gain a notable win over high-flying Whitehawk at the end of December.
The Villagers have a better scoring record and a better defensive record than Farnborough but comparison between leagues is always difficult
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We are looking forward to the game. We obviously know very little about Farnborough and they know little about us. We will not be fooled by their league position; cup competitions are always a set of one-off games and league positions go out of the window.
As usual, we will concentrate on our own performance and not our opponents. As always, we take each game as it comes.”
Heath will not select from his full squad on Saturday.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Tim Taylor, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Curtis Bateson, Matt Wilson
If a replay is needed, it will be at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday 27 the January with a 7.45 kick-off
Jamie Yates has left the club and signed for Gainsborough Trinity.