Vanarama Conference North
Leamington v North Ferriby United
Saturday 18th April 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby’s make the trip to Warwickshire to face relegation threatened Leamington on Saturday. It is going to be a tense game. A win for Ferriby could see Leamington relegated depending on other results.
Ferriby will be looking to end a run of four successive league defeats which has seen them concede 16 goals. It has certainly been an anti-climax for The Villagers after the euphoria of their FA Trophy win just over two weeks ago.
The reverse league fixture at the Eon Visual Media Stadium in October resulted in a 3-1 win for The Villagers. They would settle for that result on Saturday. Ferriby have won the three previous games between the two clubs.
Ferriby will want to put their last four league games behind them after conceding 16 goals in the four defeats. The Villagers are usually very strong defensively but they have conceded some “soft” goals in the last three games and this has frustrated manager Billy Heath.
“We have played well in the games but teams at this level are quick to pounce on errors and we have suffered the consequences.”
The last time Ferriby lost four or more league games on the run was in September and October 2011 when they lost seven games. The last of them was Heath and Mark Carroll’s first game as Ferriby’s management team. The pair have had a remarkable record at Ferriby since then and whilst they are disappointed with recent league results, they know that they have players to turn it around.
Tuesday’s defeat at league leaders Barrow was a fair result but the scoreline was harsh on Ferriby who made the home side work hard for the win. As has happened in recent games, The Villagers conceded some goals that probably should have been prevented.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “Barrow are probably the best team in the division and we knew it would be tough to get a result. However, the players gave their all and the scoreline was harsh. We had chances at 2-1 down but failed to take them and we were punished once again for errors in midfield and defence.
The Leamington game is going to be extremely tough. Leamington will almost certainly come at us as they need a win. We want to finish the season with some good results over the last three games and Saturday needs to be the first of them.”
Adam Nicklin remains injured. Other than him, Heath should have a full squad to choose from.
NFU from: Jonathan Hedge, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Nathan Peat, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Mark Gray, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Curtis Bateson, Tim Taylor, Danny Emerton