North Ferriby United v Chorley
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Saturday 27 April 2013 KO 3.00 pm
Leaders Ferriby go in to their penultimate league match of the season knowing that two wins will almost certainly give them the NPL Evostik Premier Division title. Ferriby lead Hednesford Town on goal difference with both clubs having two games left.
This Saturday's visitors, Chorley, saw their interest in a play-off spot finished with a midweek draw at Buxton. However, the Lancashire side will certainly be looking to spoil Ferriby's title chances. There should be a good atmosphere in the ground as Chorley are expected to bring between 100 and 150 fans with them.
The game is sure to be a tense affair even though the title cannot be settled until the final match of the season. Ferriby are widely acknowledged as one of the best footballing sides in the league but character and patience will be as important as skill on Saturday.
Ferriby beat Chorley 1-0 in the reverse fixture with Liam King scoring with virtually the last kick of the match.
Ferriby go in to the game having equalled two NL records in the last week. Saturday's win at Marine was The Villagers' 16th away win of the season and equalled a record set jointly by Mossley in 1978-79 and Runcorn in 1980-81. It is a record that the Club can certainly be proud of.
Tuesday's Doodson Sport Cup Final win saw Ferriby become only the third club to retain the cup in its history. Gary Bradshaw scored a superb equaliser for Ferriby as the game finished 1-1 after extra-time.
Ferriby won an amazing penalty shoot-out 2-1. Keeper Antoni Pecora saved four penalties as seven of the ten taken were saved. 17 year old Ruhandulca Ombeni showed amazing maturity and confidence to stroll up to fire home the winning penalty for Ferriby. Ryan Williams was the other spot-kick scorer.
Manager Billy Heath was delighted with his side's victory on Tuesday, "The win shows the quality of the squad we have here. It was great to retain the trophy but promotion obviously remains our priority. It is entirely in our hands. We know exactly what we have to do to become champions."
Striker Anthony Wilson has a hamstring injury and will certainly not be fit for Saturday. Skipper payl Foot was substituted with a hamstring problem in Tuesday's cup final. Chris Bolder was a late withdrawal due t illness but will hopefully have recovered.
Possible Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Steve Ridley, Rob Youhill, Jason Stokes, Antoni Pecora