Wednesday 21st March March 7.45 pm
Evostik Northern Premier League Doodson Sport League Challenge Cup Semi-final
North Ferriby United v Kendal Town
Ferriby play their first ever Northern Premier League Challenge Cup semi-final when they entertain Kendal Town on Wednesday evening. The winners will play Rushall Olympic in the final.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath will be looking for a more positive and upbeat performance from his team than he saw at Mickleover Sports on Saturday. The Villagers lost 4-0 and could have no complaints about the result. It was a disappointing display after three successive wins.
The Doodson Sport Challenge Cup is Ferriby's last chance to win some silverware this season. Ferriby beat Kendal 4-2 at the Rapid Solicitors stadium a fortnight ago in a league match. However, Heath will probably be telling his players to discount that win as Wednesday's match is a one-off cup tie. Ferriby have often found in the past that league position and form are not necessarily pointers to who will win a cup match.
This match has been arranged for Wednesday so that it does not clash with Hull City's home fixture on Tuesday. Hopefully, this will generate a larger crowd to cheer-on Ferriby. This match is the first of three challenging home matches in a week. Stafford visit on Saturday and runaway league leaders Chester are the visitors the following Tuesday.
Steve Gardner is definitely out with an ankle ligament injury. Goalkeeper Adam Nicklin may remain on the bench to allow his ankle injury more time to recover. Nathan Peat is also an injury doubt. Both Ben Hunter and Lee Morris are cup-tied as they played for Matlock Town in the earlier rounds.
Probable Ferriby Squad: Adam Nicklin, Steve Wilson, Nathan Peat, Paul Foot, James Williams, Sam Denton, Kevin Larvin, Gregg Anderson, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Timothy Taylor, Danny Clarke, Tom Richardson, Wayne Brooksby