Vanarama National League North
Play-off semi-final First Leg
NFU v Boston United v
Sunday 8 May 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
It’s crunch time for Ferriby on Saturday when Boston United visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium for the Play-off semi-final second leg.
Ferriby have a big task ahead of them as they need to pull back a two goal deficit if they are to have a chance of reaching the final.
The villagers produced a lack-lustre performance at Boston on Wednesday and could have no complaints about the result.
Despite being a long way from their best, Ferriby had defended well on the whole but had little to offer by way of a goal-scoring threat. Boston , backed by a large crowd, were generally quicker to the ball and looked dangerous almost every time they attacked.
At one-nil down going into the final minute of added time it looked as though it would be a reasonably good result for The Villagers. However, a massive stroke of luck combined with a stunning finish saw Boston double their lead and gain a massive advantage for Sunday. Kaine Felix totally mishit his shot which flew high across the area to be met by the incoming Mills. His shot was unstoppable and gave Adam Nicklin absolutely no chance.
If Ferriby can play as they are perfectly capable of, they have the ability to still make the final. They have the best home record in the division and Boston’s away form has been patchy this season and they have lost nine times away from home during the regular season.
Boston are always likely to score goals and dayle Southwell is a major threat. The Pilgrims could be without defender Carl Piergianni who went to hospital with a suspected broken nose following a collision with one of his team-mates.
The Villagers will certainly not have given up on reaching the final. Two-nil can be something of a dangerous score and the first goal on Sunday could be all important. If Ferriby can get it, it may put doubts and create pressure in Boston’s minds. If Ferriby concede it they will have a mountain to climb.
Ferriby certainly have the fire-power to get goals on Sunday and pride and passion will see the players striving for that. Tom Denton, Liam king and Curtis Bateson have all reached double figures this season and are perfectly capable of adding to that on Sunday.
Ferriby are anticipating a large crowd on Sunday. Boston are expecting to bring around a thousand supporters with them. The Villagers are hoping that local football fans in the area will come down to the Eon Visual Media Stadium to get behind the team. With City playing on Saturday, perhaps City fans will boost Ferriby’s support and get a taste for City’s own play-off games.
If necessary, extra-time will be played and if the sides are level at the end of that, the tie will be decided on penalties.
Billy Heath will certainly be expecting his players to make a big response on Sunday;
“We just never got going on Wednesday and it was definitely not a typical Ferriby performance. The players were bitterly disappointed because they know they can perform better. They will be looking to put that right on Sunday.
“It is a massive game on Sunday. The atmosphere will be amazing and the players need to respond to that. We are obviously now the under-dogs but that will not worry us. We’ve had a tremendous season and we do not want it to finish just yet.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.
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
The game is not all ticket. Usual admission prices of £12 (Concessions £6, under-16s £3) apply. ALL MUST PAY as the game is treated as a cup match. Therefore, no passes are valid.
Car parking will be available at North Ferriby Primary school at the top of Church Road. There will be a £2 charge, all of which goes to the school. Please follow the stewards’ directions regarding parking and walking to the ground.
The turnstiles will be open at 12.30. As a four figure crowd is anticipated, supporters of both clubs are advised to arrive in good time.