Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Brackley Town
Tuesday 12th January 2015 ; KO 7.45 pm
Ferriby return Vanarama Conference North action when Brackley Town visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday.
Brackley have had a mixed season so far. They beat Harrogate one-nil at Brackley in a league on Saturday whilst The Villagers were in FA Trophy action.
The Villagers are currently in 10th position in the Vanarama Conference North but are still handily placed to mount a serious challenge for a play-off spot. Manager Billy Heath commented, “Any team in the top half that can put together a run of three or four wins should find themselves in a play-off spot. That’s what we will be looking for.”
Brackley are four points behind Ferriby and have a minus 12 goal difference. They have won nine and drawn five of their 25 league games so far, scoring 22 goals and conceding 34 in the process. A tight game is a distinct possibility.
Ferriby will be buoyed by Saturday’s FA Trophy win against Hyde. The goals were a long time coming but this side does not lack determination and late goals have become something of the norm in recent games.
The Villagers will not be distracted by the FA Trophy. They showed last season that they are capable of doing well in both the Trophy and the league.
Heath will be expecting his team to take each game as it comes whichever competition it is in.
Ferriby dominated virtually the whole game against Hyde. The visitor defended doggedly but Ferriby thoroughly deserved the win which was climaxed by a superb goal from Ryan Kendall that was started by Liam King.
Speaking after Saturday’s game, Heath commented, “We managed the conditions well in both halves and we certainly had plenty of scoring opportunities, especially in the second-half. It did look to be heading for a draw and credit to Hyde for their defending. However, there is no denying that we deserved to win. The main thing is that we are in Monday’s draw.”
Nathan Jarman is injured and will not play whilst Josh Wilde is a doubtful after being injured against Hyde.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Jamie Yates, Tim Taylor, Danny Clarke