Vanarama Conference North
Lowestoft Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 22nd November 2014 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby make the long trip to East Anglia on Saturday for their first ever game against Lowestoft Town.
The Villagers go in to the game on the back of a 6-game unbeaten league run which has seen them win twice and draw four times. The results show how competitive the Vanarama Conference North is with probably the top two-thirds of the division within striking distance of the play-off spots.
Ferriby’s draw at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday evening came at a heavy cost in terms of injuries. Bradford’s pitch must be one of the worst, if not the worst, in the division. The very soft state of the pitch contributed to all five of the injuries that The Villagers picked-up.
Gregg Anderson turned an ankle as his foot sunk into the ground during the pre-match warm-up. His place in the starting line-up was taken by Matt Wilson. By half-time both full-backs, Josh Wilde and Grant Black, had been substituted due to hamstring pulls. Jason St Juste went off with an ankle injury during the second-half and Louis Bruce missed all of added time due to another hamstring pull.
The Villagers are currently 10th but are only five points of fifth place and a play-off position. A couple of wins could see The Villagers climb the table.
Lowestoft are 15th in the table, four points behind Ferriby. They are averaging a goal a game buthave a negative goal difference of minus 10.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We will obviously need to delay team selection to as late as possible on Saturday in order to see who is actually fit to play. Picking-up five injuries in a game is really rare. Given the state of the pitch at Bradford and the disruption to the defence we gave a decent performance and were well-worth our point.
Lowestoft are a bit of an unknown quantity but it’s always good and challenging to play new opponents.”
Danny Emerton is still injured and is waiting for a decision on surgery to his ankle. Danny Hone sits out the second of a three game suspension. Hopefully, Tom Denton and Russ Fry will have recovered from injury and illness, respectively. Heath may have to bring back Tim Taylor and Matt Kingston from their loan club, Brigg Town.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Grant Black, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Jamie Yates, Tim Taylor, Matt Kingston
Ferriby have a home tie against Mickleover Sports of the Evostik Northern Premier League Division South in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round next Saturday.