North Ferriby United v Nantwich Town
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Saturday 13 April 2013 KO 3.00 pm
Leaders Ferriby will be looking for three points against mid-table Nantwich Town to maintain their lead as the title race heads towards its climax.
Ferriby go into this game two points clear of second-placed Hednesford Town. Both clubs now have played 37 games. Ferriby are unbeaten run in 11 games and have lost only one in 20.
Nantwich 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.
Ferriby have had a welcome break this week after a testing period of four games in eight days. The Villagers put in a below par performance at Ilkeston but they still came close to winning the game.
It could be easy to criticise the performance but this was the team's fourth game in eight days. It must not be forgotten that, unlike full-time professionals, Ferriby's players also have day jobs to go to. As manager Billy Heath commented after the game, "A mixture of nerves and tiredness probably played their part (in today's performance.)"
The title race now seems a two-way fight between Ferriby and Hednesford Town. The Villagers are still in the driving seat but know a couple of poor results could change all that. 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.
There will be a double presentation before Saturday's game. Billy Heath will be presented with the March manager of the Month award, his third of the season. The club will be presented with the March Jungle Drum Fair Play award for March.
Heath should have a full squad to select from on Saturday.
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
Ferribys two cup final opponents are now known. Holders Ferriby play Division One North Curzon Ashton in the Doodson Sport Cup Final at Farsley FC on Tuesday 23 April. The Supporters' Club will be running a coach if there is enough demand. It is expected that the coach will leave Ferriby at 6.15.
The East Riding Senior Cup Final sees Ferriby pitted against Humber premier League side Reckitts. This game is scheduled for the KC Stadium on 7 May