Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Hednesford Town
Tuesday 24th February 2015 ; KO 7.45 pm
Ferriby need to put the excitement of the FA Trophy behind them on Tuesday when Hednesford Town visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium for a Vanarama Conference North fixture.
Saturday’s semi-final first-leg draw at Bath City was a tense affair. The feeling in The Villagers camp after the game was a mixture of “job well done” and a sense of disappointment.
Ferriby were two up and in control of the game when the referee awarded Bat a penalty after 61 minutes. It seemed a harsh decision, not only to the Ferriby players, officials and fans, but also to the local media covering the game for Bath.
Dave Pratt scored from the spot and the whole tenor of the game changed. Bath threw everything at Ferriby for the final half-hour and it was no surprise that they eventually managed to equalise.
The draw still makes The Villagers slight favourites to reach Wembley in next Saturday’s second-leg.
Tuesday’s game against Hednesford is vital to both sides hopes of promotion. The Conference had given Ferriby permission to ask Hednesford to postpone the fixture but, unfortunately, The Pitmen were unable to do so.
The Villagers are currently in 12th position in the Vanarama Conference North, 11 points behind fourth-placed Hednesford but with three games in hand. Ferriby have won six and drawn six of their last twelve games.
Ferriby are the North division’s draw specialists with 12 draws from their 28 League games. Hednesford have hit a good run of form and are hoping to clinch a play-off spot. There are very good relationships between the two clubs but Hednesford will be looking to take any advantage of Ferriby having one eye on a Wembley spot.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We have to put the Trophy behind for this week and concentrate on the Hednesford game. If we beat them, it really is game on in terms of the league.”
Heath had mixed feelings about the Bath result, “To draw after being two in front is obviously disappointing but if we had been a draw in the away leg before the game we would probably have taken it. The penalty was a big game-changing decision and we feel it was the wrong call.”
Heath will utilise his full squad against Hednesford. Curtis Bateson returns after being ineligible on Saturday. Tim Taylor will also be added to the squad and Danny Emerton could perhaps also figure following injury.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Matt Wilson, Tim Taylor, Danny Emerton
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