Vanarama National League North
NFU v AFC Telford United
Saturday 16 April 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Third-placed Ferriby entertain relegation threatened AFC Telford United at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
Telford are having a difficult season and are just three points above the relegation places. They will, obviously, be looking for three points on Saturday as they strive to keep their place in the division. They are actually in a much better position than they were at the end of January when they were at the bottom of the table and looking certainties for relegation.
Since then they have put together a good set of results and have climbed out of the relegation zone. They won all five games in March including two against promotion challengers Tamworth and Harrogate. They lost 3-0 to champions Solihull last Saturday and will be looking to bounce back from that by taking at least a point from The Villagers on Saturday.
The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw with Ferriby feeling hard done to after a perfectly good Tom Denton goal was disallowed.
Ferriby’s five game unbeaten run came to an end at Stalybridge on Tuesday night and kept The Villagers in third place. They are a point behind Fylde, two ahead of Harrogate and si in front of Boston. They have a game in hand on all three clubs. Nuneaton sit just outside the play-offs with Tamworth the only other side who could finish in the top five.
A win for Ferriby on Saturday will clinch a play-off spot and then it is all about jockeying for position. Saturdays loss to Stalybridge shows how difficult it is yo play and defeat those sides fighting relegation and Billy Heath’s side will take nothing for granted on Saturday.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Billy Heath comments,
“It was disappointing to lose on Tuesday. We lacked our usual sparkle but there was no faulting the effort and commitment of the players.
“We could have defended better against their two goals. Their keeper kept them in the game with a number of good saves so we can take positives from the game.
“We know that Telford will be difficult to break down on Saturday. We will need to be patient and keep to our game plan. It is a big game for both sides.”
Hopefully, with the possible exception of Curtis Bateson who suffered an injury at Fylde last Saturday, Heath should have a full squad to choose from on Monday.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby
Ferriby will be holding another footwear collection at their remaining home games. The items collected will be given to Hull Homeless Outreach as the charity looks to create a world record for the most items of footwear in any one place. The attempt will be made at the KC Stadium towards the end of June.
Supporters are asked to bring any old or unwanted footwear to the ground. Condition is immaterial.