Saturday 19th April 2014
North Ferriby United v Harrogate Town
Ferriby entertain Harrogate Town on Saturday in a vital Skrill North fixture. The Villagers returned to the top of the division on Wednesday with a 3-2 win at Stalybridge Celtic. Ferriby now lead the table on goal difference from AFC Telford United and are four points clear of 3rd placed Altrincham.
Harrogate’s midweek defeat at Guiseley ended their play-off hopes. However, the pressure is now off them and they will be playing for pride as they play-out their season. It is certain to be a testing game for Ferriby who were beaten 5-0 at Harrogate at the beginning of the season. This was a rather strange game which saw Harrogate’s goalkeeper named man-of-the-match!
Ferriby probably need to win their final three games if they are to take the Skrill North title but it will be far from easy. Monday’s opponents, Boston United, are still chasing a play-off spot and will be hard to beat on their own ground, Brackley Town will be Ferriby’s final opponents of the regular season. They have been chasing a play-off spot but will almost certainly be out of contention come a week on Saturday.
The Villagers had to work hard to beat Stalybridge on Wednesday. The tension probably got to both teams and the football was often scrappy. The home side are in a desperate relegation battle and needed the points as much as Ferriby.
Ferriby got off to a great start with a Liam King goal inside 30 seconds. However, they were pegged-back after 10 minutes and fell behind in the 69th. The Villagers response was immediate with Anthony Wilson equalising within a minute. Nathan Jarman’s thundering penalty won the game and the points for Ferriby 11 minutes from time.
This was a gritty and determined performance against a side that hassled and harried Ferriby throughout. Ferriby deserved the win but it was a close-run affair.
Ferriby will be hoping for a good crowd on Saturday with hull city’s game against Arsenal having been put back to Sunday. A lot of City fans follow Ferriby’s fortunes and quite a number regularly watch games at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.
Following Tuesday’s game, Manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a very pleasing result. The players deserve credit for the character and determination they showed this evening. We responded well after going behind with just over 20 minutes to go. We have three tough games to play but we know what we have to do if we are to take the title.
Harrogate now have no pressure on them and can come and enjoy the game on Saturday. They are a good footballing side and it is going to take a good performance to beat them. It is going to be a tense and tough eight days but we will take it one game at a time and see what happens. Hopefully, last season’s experience will benefit us.”
Heath’s injury crisis is easing slightly but he will definitely be without Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson Jon D’Laryea and Dean Lisles due to injuries.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Jamie Yates, Lewis McMahon, Tim Taylor, Louis Bruce, Steve Gardner
Voting has opened for the Club’s player of the season. Supporters can vote on-line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Voting slips will be available at the Harrogate and Brackley games. Voting closes at 6pm on Saturday 26th April