Vanarama National League North
NFU v Gainsborough Trinity
Saturday 2 January 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby will be looking to build on Monday’s victory over Bradford when Gainsborough visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
The Villagers will be looking to reverse the Boxing Day defeat at Gainsborough. Ferriby were not at their best that afternoon but they still feel they did enough in the game to have come back with a point.
2015 was an unforgettable year for Ferriby. The Wembley win was amazing and to finish the year in third place in a very competitive league is commendable for a club with a small playing squad. The success has earned the management duo of Billy Heath and Mark Carroll three-and-half-year contracts. These contracts show the commitment of owners Eman and Steve Forster to the club going forward.
The Villagers played well against Bradford on Monday. The visitors defended strongly but Ferriby deserved the win. They created more opportunities and the goal was well-made by Ben Middleton whose surging run down the right ended with a cross to Tom Denton who scored from close range.
Sadly for Middleton, he was sent-ff for two cautions shortly afterwards. Despite playing with 10 men for the final 20 minutes, The Villagers took the game to Bradford and the visitors did not really trouble Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin as the game closed.
Gainsborough have had a mixed season so far. They have had victories over some of the promotion challengers but have lacked any real consistency. Former Ferriby strikers Nathan Jarman and Anthony Wilson are beginning to strike up a good partnership. They linked well in the reverse fixture on Boxing day bur were managed well, on the whole, by The Villagers Ash Palmer and Nathan Hotte. Jarman and Wilson are just two of six former Ferriby players in the Trinity squad.
Trinity are currently in 10th position with 30 points. They are 10 points off the final play-off spot and they will need a consistent set of good results if they are to challenge at the top of the table. Their away form is poor with eight defeats in 12 games. Goals have been in relatively short supply but they are strong defensively.
Monday’s win saw Ferriby retain third place in the league. Another win on Saturday and they will feel that they have had a reasonable festive period.
The Villagers are two points behind leaders Nuneaton who replaced previous leaders Solihull following Monday’s results. The Villagers are still the division’s top scorers and points and goals are going to be needed over the next week if they are to remain in the play-off spots.
Manager Billy Heath comments,
“We bounced back well (from the Gainsborough defeat) to beat Bradford on Monday. It was always going to be a tough but we played well, especially in the final 20 minutes when we had to play with 10 men.
“2015 was a great year for all of us at the club with the FA Trophy win. We have finished the year in a good position in the league and we need to start 2016 well and build on what we have achieved.”
With the exception of Danny Hone, Heath should have a full squad to choose from.
NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte,