Hednesford Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 4 January
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to Hednesford on Saturday looking for another double having won the reverse fixture 3-0. Due to a kit mix-up, Hednesford had to play that game wearing Ferriby’s away tops. The Town fans displayed a grim humour in the bar afterwards chanting, “We’re not fit to wear your shirts!”
Games between the two clubs are never easy to predict and Saturday’s game is no different. Hednesford will probably feel they have a point to make as they chased The Villagers all the way in last year’s promotion battle for promotion from the Northern Premier League.
This Ferriby’s fifth game in 14 days and it puts a heavy strain the players who also have work and family commitments to balance. Given that clubs at this level generally have small squads there is little chance of player rotation.
Ferriby moved up to second place on Wednesday after beating Gainsborough Trinity 2-0. The game was played in awful weather conditions, especially in the second-half. Both sides struggled with the conditions in the first-half. The second-half saw Ferriby dominate the game as they played patient controlled football by keeping the ball on the ground as much as possible.
Ferriby manager was delighted with the result, “It was a good win in testing and difficult conditions. We played some good football and totally controlled the second-half.”
Hednesford are the division’s top scorers. They have lost three of their last four games, gaining a draw at home to Telford on Boxing day. However, Hednesford have an impressive home record with eight wins and one draw from their 10 games.
The situation at the top of the Skrill North remains tight with four points covering the top five teams. Ferriby are delighted to be in second place in their debut season at this level and will be keen to maintain a promotion challenge as the second-half of the season unfolds.
Heath will be without defenders Mark Gray (groin), and Paul Robson who has a hamstring injury and was substituted early against Gainsborough. There are injury doubts over Matt Wilson and Liam King, both groin injuries, and Anthony Wilson who has a tight hamstring.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall, Dan Clayton