Gloucester City v North Ferriby United
Saturday 22nd February
Kick-Off 3.00 pm
Ferriby make the long trip to the West Country on Saturday to play relegation threatened Gloucester City . The game will be played at Cheltenham Town FC with whom Gloucester ground-share. It will be a long day for The Villagers who face a fourteen hour, or more, round-trip.
This is the second successive game against a side in the bottom three and Ferriby will start as favourites. However, as Oxford proved on Saturday, there are no easy games in the Skrill North and top versus bottom matches can often be banana skins for the leaders. Gloucester have games in hand on most of the teams above them but they are seven points from safety.
Ferriby won the reverse fixture 3-1 in August and will be anxious to complete the double over the West country side. The August game was Ferriby’s first in the Skrill North. Gloucester have won only five and drawn five of their 25 league games. They lost 3-1 at home to Barrow in midweek.
The postponement of Ferriby’s midweek game at Workington allowed second-placed AFC Telford to go level on points with Ferriby who now have a game in hand. The two clubs have the same points and goal difference but The Villagers remain top on the number of goals scored.
The race for the Skrill North title and the promotion places is hotting-up with four teams within six points of Ferriby. The Villagers remain in a strong position with at least one game in hand on most of the teams behind them but Billy Heath knows that his players cannot afford any slip-ups.
The club was disappointed with Tuesday’s postponement but it gives the players a break in the middle of a hectic period. It also avoided two long trips in five days which would have seen The Villagers cover around a thousand miles.
Ferriby had to work hard for their win over Oxford last Saturday. Ferriby mastered the conditions better than Oxford , especially in the second-half and ran-our deserved winners.
After Saturday’s game Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “This was a big win for us. We were made to work hard but we produced a good all-round performance. We defended well and created two top quality goals. We have to build-on this at Gloucester. They need the points as much as we do and will present a stiff challenge.”
Striker Anthony Wilson starts a four match ban. Heath’s only injury doubt is Dean Lisles. Recent signing Lewis McMahon was on the bench on Saturday but did not make an appearance.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jamie Yates, Paul Robson, Mark Gray, Lewis McMahon, Louis Bruce, Tim Taylor
Ferriby’s scheduled game at Stalybridge on the 4th March has been put back to 8th April.