Wednesday 30th April 2014
Guiseley v North Ferriby United
Promotion Play-off Semi-final First Leg
Ferriby travel to Guiseley on Wednesday for the first-leg of the play-off semi-final. There was obviously some disappointment at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday after missing-out on automatic promotion. However, this was tempered by the fact that finishing as runners-up is a magnificent achievement in the club’s first season at this level. The side still has the chance of promotion through the play-offs.
The semi-final against Guiseley will be a tough challenge. Guiseley beat The Villagers in both the regular season league games but Ferriby could have won both with a bit more luck in the two games.
Ferriby’s initial aim this season was to ensure that they remained in the Skrill North for a second season. However, such as been their form that they have had to continually revise their targets. Stepping-up a division is often difficult but Billy Heath’s side has performed well all season deserve their play-off opportunity.
Saturday’s draw at home to Brackley was a bit of an anti-climax. The Villagers had chances to win the game and the players gave their all to get the win. However, with news filtering through that Telford were beating Gainsborough it became more important, in some ways, for Ferriby to ensure that they gained the point that would guarantee second spot.
Ferriby played the more attractive football in a game of contrasting styles in which Brackley played a largely long-ball game. The Villagers’ defence handled this well and Brackley had few opportunities.
After the game, Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “I couldn’t have asked for more from the players today. They put in a good performance. What is impressive is that they knew that Telford were winning but they had the character and professionalism to take the game to Brackley. To finish as runners-up is a magnificent achievement and we still have a chance of promotion through the play-offs. The games against Guiseley will be difficult but it is a challenge we are relishing them.”
Against Guiseley, Heath will definitely be without Gregg Anderson, Jon D’Laryea and Jamie Yates due to injuries. Danny Hone is suspended.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Lewis McMahon, Danny Emerton, Steve Gardner, Dean Lisles
Skrill North play-off dates
Wednesday 30 April
Semi-final 1st leg: Guiseley v NFU ; Hednesford v Altrincham
Saturday 3 May
Semi-final 2nd leg: NFU v Guiseley; Altrincham v Hednesford
Saturday 10th May
Final: At ground of highest placed side
In recognition of finishing as Conference North runners-up and qualifying for the promotion play-offs, having wonderful runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and reaching the final of the East Riding Senior Cup, North Ferriby United have been shortlisted for the National Game
Awards 'Team of the Year 2013/14'. The award is run through the Non-League Paper. It is voted for by supporters throughout the country. . If local football fans would like to see Ferriby lift this award, please send your vote by email to:email@example.com
The club also been nominated for the Conference League 'Pitch of the Year' 2013/14. Some of the top groundsmen from the Premier League will adjudicate this award.