Tuesday 27th March 7.45 pm
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
North Ferriby United v Chester
Ferriby welcome league leaders Chester to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday. It is almost certain that Chester will take the Evostik Premier Division title and gain the automatic promotion place.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath knows it will be a difficult game for his side. Most people in the Evostik Premier Division see Chester as the best side in the league this season. They are helped by a large playing budget and a massive support base, especially at home.
Heath will not need to remind his players that they have suffered two heavy defeats to Chester this season. The result and score line on Tuesday could be a good mark of the progress that Ferriby have made under Heath.
Ferriby go into Tuesday's match after two successive home victories. Last Wednesday's victory over Kendal saw The Villagers reach the Doodson Sport League Cup Final. They will play Rushall Olympic but no date or venue has been fixed yet.
Saturday's 3-1 victory over Stafford rangers was hard-earned but as Heath commented, "We played well in patches. They had a very good 25 minute spell but we came through it and deserved the win in the end."
As Heath has previously observed, consistency has often been a problem for Ferriby. He will be looking for a good performance against Chester and he knows he has the players who are capable of making life difficult for the visitors.
It is frustrating for all at the club when a run of good performances is followed by below par ones. However it is worth remembering that the players are semi-professional. They all have full-time jobs as well as playing football for one of the top 250 clubs in the country. Midweek matches in particular often mean that the players finish a day's work and go straight to a game. It is a tremendous commitment.
Heath will be without the suspended Gary Bradshaw on Tuesday and Steve Gardner is also unlikely to play. Otherwise, Heath should have a full squad to choose from.
Probable Ferriby Squad: Adam Nicklin, Steve Wilson, Steve GardnerNathan Peat, Paul Foot, James Williams, Sam Denton, Kevin Larvin, Gregg Anderson, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Lee Morris, Ben Hunter, Timothy Taylor, Danny Clarke, Tom Richardson, Wayne Brooksby