Vanarama National League North
NFU v Hednesford Town
Saturday 22 August Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Hednesford Town at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. Games against Hednesford are always interesting and generally close encounters. The Villagers do have a good record against The Pitmen.
Hednesford have lost both their away games so far this season and drew 3-3 with Corby in midweek. There four points have a come from a win and a draw at home.
The Villagers are a point ahead and will be bubbling after snatching a point in a dramatic finish at Stockport County in midweek.
Adam Bolder equalised with the last kick of the game to earn Ferriby a deserved point against a side boasting a 100% start to the season.
Assistant manager Mark Carroll commented,
“Scoring so late to get a point makes it feel like a win!” Last Saturday (against Solhull Moors) we conceded late to only draw and it felt like a defeat.”
The Villagers gave a very committed all-round team performance at Edgeley Park. They frustrated both the County players and fans. Ferriby fell behind after 87 minutes and it looked as if they would travel home pointless. This Ferriby side has a tremendous spirit, though, and never seem to know when they are beaten.
In a game of very few chances for either side, a draw was a fair result.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“The players should be proud of their performance on Tuesday. We gave as good as we got. We lifted ourselves after their goal and we got the result we deserved.
“The atmosphere was terrific witha large crowd behind Stockport all night. My players responded well and were not intimidated.
The atmosphere on Saturday will be a bit different. Hednesford always provide a good challenge but we have to be confident that we can win. That would give us eight points from our first five games which would a reasonable return for a tough set of opening games.”
Ferriby will be without central defender Danny Hone who has amedial ligament injury.Nathan Hotte should be fit following a groin strain and Danny Emerton should return following falling ill on Tuesday morning. Adam Bolder starts a three game suspension following his opening day dismissal.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Ryan Kendall, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester, Ross Armstrong