Gainsborough Trinity v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 28 January
Ferriby will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the Skrill North when travel to Gainsborough for a re-arranged fixture following the abandonment of the game on Boxing Day due to floodlight failure. Admission charges for the game have been reduced to £5 and £2
Gainsborough are in 14thplace in the Skrill North and are probably looking at a mid-table finish. They have lost six of their 13 home games, including a 2-0 defeat by Colwyn Bay on Saturday. The original Boxing Day game with Ferriby was 0-0 when some of the floodlights failed.
Ferriby are in a strong position in the promotion race but are taking the rest of the season one game at a time. As Manager Billy Heath commented, “It’s good to be in this position at this stage of the season but there are still a lot of games to be played and a title or promotion is never won in January!”
The Villagers have the best goal difference in the division and are on a good run of form with only one defeat in 19 games. They have scored in each of their last 21 games. The strike force of Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman and Ryan Kendall has scored 55 goals between them in all competitions.
The Villagers lead at the top was reduced to a point following Saturday’s draw with AFC Telford United. The result probably suited Ferriby more than Telford as it meant that The Villagers kept the seven point lead over the Shropshire side. Whilst teams like to win every game, there are times when a draw can be a crucial result.
Saturday’s result was a fair reflection of the game but Ferriby almost snatched all three points with the last attack of the game. It took an outstanding save from Telford keeper Ryan Young the winner.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “It was a fair result. We scored two really good goals and could probably have defended better against the two we concede. We are still top of the league and in a good position. There is still a lot of football to be played but the players work hard and have a collective spirit that serves us well.”
Heath will be without Danny Hone (suspended)against Gregg Anderson against Gainsborough. Anderson has probably played his final game of the season as he goes in to hospital on Monday for re-construction work on his shoulder. It is likely to be four to six weeks before he can begin training Dean Lisles will return to the squad following his ankle injury. He may well partner Matt Wilson on the centre of the defence.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Dan Clayton, Paul Robson, Louis Bruce
Admission charges for the FA Trophy 4th Round game against Gosport Borough on 1st February will be the usual £10 and £5. All must pay as season passes are not valid for FA competitions.