United (NLN)Vanarama National League North
NFU v Boston United
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Saturday 7 November 2015
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Boston United at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday in what should be an entertaining and challenging game. Both sides are challenging for a top five spot and even at this stage aof the season, a good result would be beneficial to either side.
Boston are currently seventh in the National League North, one place and four points ahead of Ferriby. However, The Pilgrims have played two games more. They beat FC United of Manchester 3-1 at Boston last Saturday.
Boston have lost six of their sixteen games. They are amongst the division’s highest scorers but, surprisingly for a team in their position, they also have one of the worst defensive records. Ferriby are the second highest scorers and generally perform well defensively.
The Villagers saw the end of their 17 game unbeaten run when they lost 3-1 at Nuneaton last Saturday. The game was lost in the first-half when The Villagers conceded three goals and looked decidedly lethargic. Whether this was a result of the midweek exertions against Stalybridge in the FA Cup is hard to say. Interestingly, Stalybridge lost heavily at AFC Fylde.
The Villagers gave a much better performance in the second-half at Nuneaton against a very good Nuneaton side that is one of the favourites for promotion. Adam Bolder pulled a goal back early in the half and Ferriby gave as good as they got for the rest of the match.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“Our first-half performance last Saturday was disappointing but we played much better in the second-half. That is a great credit to the players and shows the spirit that they have.
“It would be easy to blame the replay against Stalybridge for our first-half performance and I’m not doing that. Successful teams, and that is what we are, have to deal with these issues.
“We now need to use the Boston game as a springboard for another unbeaten run. We are in a good position to challenge for promotion. There is a long way to go yet and this is going to be very close league right to the end of the season. We have to make sure that we are in the mix at the end.”
Heath will have most of his squad available. Hopefully, Nathan Hotte will be available following injury. Heath will still be missing Danny Hone who is still some way of being fit.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Jamie Forrester, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong