Matlock Town v North Ferriby United
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Tuesday 16 April 2013 KO 19.45 pm
Leaders Ferriby will be looking for all three points against mid-table Matlock Town to pile pressure on second-placed Hednesford Town. Ferriby now lead only on goal difference from Hednesford.
Ferriby are unbeaten in 12 games and have lost only one in 21.
Matlock have nothing but pride to play for as they cannot reach a play-off spot and are safe from relegation. However, they are certain to give Ferriby a tough test and will be looking for a good result against one of the title contenders.
There was disappointment with Saturday's goalless draw at home to Nantwich Town but Ferriby did everything but score. The visitors had goalkeeper Jon Brain to thank for keeping them in the game as he put in a man-of-the-match performance.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, "Despite the result, it was a good performance today. We dominated the game from start to finish. We had plenty of opportunities to score but we just could not finish. However, we are still top of the table and in the driving seat for the title. If we can win at Matlock on Tuesday, that will put pressure on Hednesford before their game at Buxton on Wednesday We need to focus on our own performances, though, and not worry about what the teams around us are doing."
The title race now seems a two-way fight between Ferriby and Hednesford Town and both teams are now certain to finish in a play-off spot at the very least. FC United of Manchester, AFC Fylde, Rushall Olympic, Witton Albion, Chorley and Buxton are now the only realistic candidates for the remaining play-off spots.
Heath should have a full squad to select from on Wednesday.
Possible Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Steve Ridley, Rob Youhill, Jason Stokes, Antoni Pecora
Ferriby's Supporters' Club will be running a coach to the Doodson Sport League Cup Final at Farsley FC on April 23rd if there is enough demand. It is expected that the coach will leave Ferriby at 6.15.
Ferriby's Reserves play Hessle Rangers ath the rapid Solicitors stadium this Wednesday in the semi-final of the Humber Premier League League Cup. Kick-off is 7.30 and admission is free.