Vanarama National League North
NFU v FC United of Manchester
Saturday 17 October 2015
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby are back in League action on Saturday when FC United of Manchester visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium. FC United were promoted from the Northern Premier League last season.
Ferriby go in to this game with a 14 game unbeaten run behind them. They will be hoping to extend this on Saturday against a side that has a good record against The Villagers. Ferriby have won only one of the 11 fixtures between the two clubs over the years.
The Villagers are expecting a large crowd. Turnstiles will be open from 12 noon.
Both clubs have been in FA Cup action in the last week. On Saturday, Ferriby beat Nuneaton Town to earn a Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Stalybridge Celtic. FC United drew at home against Buxton on Sunday but won the replay at Buxton on Wednesday evening.
So far, Ferriby are performing better in the league than their visitors. The Villagers are in sixth place whilst FC United are in fifteenth, five points behind Ferriby. The Villagers are the division’s top scorers and have one of the meanest defences. FC United are always a threat going forward but have a negative goal difference as they are conceding almost two goals per game.
The Villagers have played the last two games without a recognised striker. However, they have looked threatening going forward and both Corby Town and Nuneaton found them hard to handle.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“We are playing some great football at the moment without any strikers. People don't realise how well we are doing at the minute. We are over-achieving and long may it continue against FC United on Saturday. Their league form is mixed but, like every team in this division, they will still be tough opponents.
“We need to put thoughts of the Cup out of our minds for the moment. It is important that we stay in or around the play-off positions.
“Hopefully there will be a large crowd on Saturday with a great atmosphere in the ground. The crowd certainly lifted the players against Nuneaton.”
Ferriby will still be without a recognised striker against Nuneaton. Ryan Kendall is not likely to be available and Tom Denton sits out the third of a four game suspension, three for a red card and one for receiving five cautions. Also missing is central defender Danny Hone.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Jamie Forrester, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong
Car parking will be available at North Ferriby Primary School with the £2 charge going to the school. Stewards will be on duty.