Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Bradford Park Avenue
Saturday April 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
FA Trophy winners Ferriby play their final game of the season when Bradford Park Avenue visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium. The game brings the curtain down on a tremendous season for The Villagers who stunned the football world by winning the FA Trophy at Wembley at the end of March.
Whilst some may say that a mid-table finish is disappointing it must be borne in mind that the FA Cup and Trophy runs played havoc with Ferriby’s league fixtures. This created problems with fixtures and with a small squad it was not always possible for Manager Billy Heath to rest players who were carrying injuries.
Tuesday’s win at promotion hopefuls Guiseley showed just how capable Ferriby are as a team. It was a fine all-round performance in which Guiseley were often forced to back-pedal as The villagers played a high defensive line and pressed hard in midfield.
Tom Denton will take the individual glory for his hat-trick and his overall contribution to the result. He was a handful for the Guiseley defence all evening. Denton has had his critics amongst opposing teams and fans with many saying he is only good in the air. He gave an emphatic answer to that on Tuesday with three typical striker’s goals from close range and all with his feet.
Ferriby looked much more comfortable defensively and this laid the foundation for the win. Heath will be looking for a similar performance against Bradford.
Bradford have had, for them, a disappointing season. They anticipated being in the promotion race but will finish in the lower half of the table. Like Ferriby, they have had a backlog of games but in Bradford’s case it has been due mainly to postponements due to ground conditions at the Horsfall Stadium.
The reverse fixture in November ended in a 1-1 draw on a very wet and heavy pitch. The Villagers saw three players have to go off with hamstring injuries which were largely due to pitch conditions.
The Villagers will be looking to finish a memorable season with a victory but it is not likely to be an easy game even though both sides have little more than pride to play for.
Games between Ferriby and Bradford always have an edge to them for some reason and Saturday’s match is unlikely to be any different.
Heath commented, “We want to finish the season with a win but we know it is going to be a difficult fixture. There may be little more than pride to play for but a good performance from us will be a “thank you” to the fans who have supported us this season.”
Adam Nicklin remains injured. Other than him, Heath should have a full squad to choose from.
NFU from: Jonathan Hedge, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Nathan Peat, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Mark Gray, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Curtis Bateson, Tim Taylor, Danny Emerton