Guiseley v North Ferriby United
Saturday 22nd March
Kick-Off 3.00 pm
Leaders Ferriby travel to Guiseley on Saturday. It will be a difficult game for The Villagers. A win will keep Ferriby in top spot and increase the pressure on the following pack, especially second-placed AFC Telford.
Guiseley are battling for a play-off spot and will be eager to claim all three points. They are five points off the play-off positions but have at least two games-in-hand on the teams above them.
Guiseley won 3-2 at the Eon Visual media Stadium in October and Ferriby will be looking to reverse that result on Saturday. Ferriby have won six and drawn one of their last seven games and will go in to the game with a degree of confidence. Guiseley have a similar record with five wins and two draws since their last defeat.
Interestingly, game will see the only two players to score a hat-trick of penalties on the same pitch. Guiseley’s Gavin Rothery scored his penalty hat-trick at Harrogate Town on Boxing Day last year whilst Ferriby’s Nathan Jarman scored his recently at Gainsborough. It has taken 35 years of Conference football for any player to achieve this and then two do it in less than three months.
Ferriby moved comfortably in to the Final of the East Riding Senior Cup on Tuesday witha a 3-0 win over a young Hull City side. Ferriby had too much experience and were physically stronger than the City players. The Villagers will now play Bridlington Town in the Final on a date and at a venue to be decided
The only down-side to Tuesday’s result was an ankle injury to Matt Wilson which may keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Manager Billy Heath was delighted with the performance against City, “It was a good all-round team performance and we were the better team throughout.”
Looking towards Saturday’s game he added, “Guiseley will be a tough side to beat on their own ground but we are playing with confidence and the players have the character and ability to push-on. There are still a lot of points to play for and we need to maintain our form and consistency.”
Heath will definitely be without the injured Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson and Jon D’Laryea on Saturday. There are doubts over Adam Nicklin (shoulder injury) and Matt Wilson (ankle ligaments)
NFU from: Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Danny Hone, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Jamie Yates, Lewis McMahon, Danny Emerton, Adam Nicklin