FA Cup Qualifying 3rd Round
North Ferriby United v Grantham Town
Saturday 11th October 2014 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Grantham Town at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday in a FA Cup Qualifying 3rd Round tie.
The Villagers will start as favourites against their Evostik Premier Division opponents but, as Ferriby have learned to their cost over the years, the FA Cup is a great leveller. Consequently, Billy Heath’s side will be taking nothing for granted. The players know they will have to play to their ability to beat Grantham who will feel they have nothing to lose.
Grantham are fourteenth in the Evostik Premier Division with four wins and five defeats in their 13 games. They beat struggling Matlock Town 2-1 at home on Tuesday.
The FA cup is an important competition for the players and the club. For the club, it is an opportunity to gain additional income through the extra matches and from prize money for winning. It is an also an opportunity to gain recognition outside the local area and to generally raise awareness of the club. For the players, it is an opportunity to perform on a national stage with the hope of reaching at least the First Round Proper where there is the possibility of playing a League One or Two club.
Ferriby will have taken heart from Tuesday’s deserved 3-1 win over Leamington. The Villagers found their scoring touch after a disappointing scoring run in recent games. Ferriby have been playing well over recent weeks but the goals had really eluded them to some extent. Tuesday’s win was the result of another good all-round team performance.
With the coming weekend being an international one, Ferriby will be hoping for a good crowd. The Villagers have quite a good following amongst Hull City fans and it is hoped that they will come down to the Eon Visual Media Stadium to support Ferriby.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath comments, “Grantham will make it difficult for us on Saturday. They are having a mixed season so far but FA Cup games are always one-off affairs. We know we are favourites to win but we will not be complacent and will give Grantham our professional respect.
“Our win against Leamington on Tuesday was a good performance and we scored three quality goals. The performance was little different to recent games but this time we found our scoring touch.
“FA Cup ties are always important, both to the club and the players and we will be looking to be in Monday’s draw.”
Danny Emerton and Danny Hone are injured so will not be available. Recent signing Jason St Juste is ineligible for the game having played for Farsley earlier in the competition.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Tom Denton, Tom Corner, Dan Clayton, Louis Bruce
Admission for the game is £10 full price and £5 for concessions. All must pay as passes are not valid for cup ties.
If a replay is needed it will be at Grantham on Tuesday 14th October with a 7.45 kick-off.