Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Gainsborough Trinity
Thursday 1st January 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby play their third game of the festive period when Gainsborough Trinity visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Thursday 1st January.
The two sides met in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day when Ferriby crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Gainsborough. That performance was one of Ferriby’s worst for a number of years. However, The Villagers bounced back on Sunday to beat Boston 2-0 in some style. Manager Billy Heath will be hoping for a similar performance against Gainsborough.
Ferriby are in 11th spot in the Vanarama Conference North whilst Gainsborough are in 16th spot. The Villagers will feel that they are still in with a good chance of claiming a play-off spot but they are going to have find more consistency in the second half of the season.
Ferriby have played good football in most matches but at times they have been uncharacteristically slack in defence and have gifted too many goals to the opposition rather than forcing their opponents to work hard for goals.
At the other end of the pitch The Villagers have had some wretched luck with no end of shots hitting the woodwork or being cleared off the line. The margins between victory and defeat are so slim, especially in a league as unforgiving as the Vanarama Conference North.
Some people may talk of Ferriby looking for revenge on New Year’s Day but it will be more of a case of showing Gainsborough that The Villagers are a much better side than Boxing day may have indicated.
The performance against Boston was a magnificent response following the abysmal display at Gainsbough. The Villagers played with purpose and determination and more than deserved their win against a good Boston side.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “ I was delighted with the players’ response and performance against Boston. That was a true reflection of our ability as a team. What we need now is more consistency in the second part of the season. We are still in with a chance of the play-offs plus we are also in the FA Trophy. We showed last year that we can compete in both competitions at the same time.”
Heath will continue to be creative with his line-up as he has six players either injured or recovering from injury. Danny Emerton remains injured and faces surgery to his ankle on January 6th. Matt Wilson, Grant Black, Jamie Yates and Tom Corner are all doubtful. Danny Hone returns from suspension. Louis Bruce is also back in the squad having returned to the starting line-up against Boston.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Jamie Yates, Tim Taylor