North Ferriby United v Curzon Ashton
Venue: Farsley FC
Doodson Sport League Challenge Cup Final
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 KO 7.45 pm
Ferriby will be looking to become only the third club to retain the NPL Challenge Cup when they play Curzon Ashton in the Doodson Sport League Cup at Farsley FC on Tuesday.
Curzon still has an outside chance of a promotion play-off spot from Division One North. Ferriby will obviously start as favourites but Manager Billy Heath will expect his players to show Curzon professional respect and not be over-confident.
The villagers still lead the NPL Premier Division on goal difference from Hednesford. The title will not be decided until the final day of the season but it is now definitely a two-horse race between the two.
Ferriby's win at marine on Saturday saw them equal the NPL record of 16 away wins in a season. The record was set by Mossley in 1978-79 and equalled by Runcorn in 1980-81. It is an amazing feat for Ferriby to equal this over 30 years later.
Manager Billy Heath was delighted with his side's performance at Marine, "We played good football and controlled the game. It was an excellent performance by the whole team. We are still in the driving seat as far as the title is concerned."
Ferriby's second-half display at marine was outstanding with the home side being spending most of the time penned in their own half of the field.
Promotion still remains Ferriby's priority this season but they will not want to give-up the trophy that they won last season.
Heath will make changes to his regular starting line-up but competition rules prevent him from resting too many players. He is likely to give starts to those players who have started on the bench in recent weeks and will bring in some of the Club's Reserve team players.
Paul Foot (illness), Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall and Russ Fry are injury doubts and Heath is unlikely to risk them ahead of two vital league matches.
Probable Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Steve Ridley, Steve Gardner, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Rob Youhill, Jason Stokes, Louis Kirk, Tim Taylor, Louis Kirk, Sam Belcher, Louis Bruce, Ruhandulca Ombeni
Admission prices have been reduced to Adults (£8), Concessions (£4) and under-16s (£1). Everybody must pay as the game is a cup-tie. The game must be played to a finish so there will be extra-time and penalties if necessary.