Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Chorley
Saturday 4th April 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby will have to put the euphoria of last Sunday’s magnificent FA Trophy victory behind them when promotion-chasing Chorley visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium.
Hopefully there will be a large crowd to watch their heroes in their first game after Wembley.
Congratulations have been pouring in to the club in their hundreds and hundreds from all over the football world following the dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Wrexham.
Ferriby are unbeaten in five games and will be as eager as Chorley to win. The play-offs look beyond The Villagers now but Billy Heath will be looking to his players to produce a good run in the final games of the season.
The Villagers remaining fixtures are such that Ferriby’s results will have a big impact on both the promotion and relegation battles. The team will certainly not be able, or allowed to rest on its laurels following the FA Trophy victory.
Chorley are pressing hard for a play-off spot and come into the game with four straight league wins behind them. Chorley have scored 12 goals and conceded only one in those four games.Three of those victories have come against play-off rivals Stockport, Tamworth and Guiseley.
As well as wanting the points to maintain their promotion chase, Chorley will, no doubt, be looking to claim the scalp of the FA Trophy winners
The reverse league fixture at Chorley way back in September saw Chorley gain a narrow 1-0 win. It is certainly going to be a tough game on Saturday.
So much has been written and said already about last Sunday as Ferriby made club history in a game that entertained people all over the world.
Perhaps just the one word from Billy Heath sums it up, “Wow!”
Heath added, “To be honest, at 2-0 I thought that was probably it. But once we got a goal back with Liam’s penalty we took control. The players were tremendous and there only looked likely to be one winner after we equalised.
“It’s obviously a great feeling when substitutions change the game. As a manager you look like a genius if you get it right. Booby (Carroll, Assistant manager) and myself thought that at 2-1 down with a few minutes left there was no option but to go for it.
”The players did me, themselves and the Club proud. Adam Nicklin and Ryan Kendall made the headlines but this was a magnificent team performance. They were all heroes and deserve all the praise they have received this week.
“It’s back to the bread and butter now. We have to focus on our final seven games and finish as high as we can in the league. Chorley will be a hard side to beat and I am sure they will be fired-up by the fact that they are facing us just six days after our Wembley win.”
Adam Nicklin and Danny Emerton are injured and will miss the rest of the season. Jonathan hedge returns to the squad to replace Wembley hero Nicklin and Curtis Bateson also returns to the squad
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,