Vanarama National League North
NFU v Nuneaton Town
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Tuesday 24 November 2015
Kick-off 7.45 pm
It is second against first when Ferriby entertain leaders Nuneaton Town at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday. This will be the third meeting between the clubs in a few weeks.
The Villagers won the FA Cup tie 2-1 at The Eon Visual Media Stadium but went down 3-1 in the league fixture at Nuneaton.
The top of the Vanarama National League North is very tight and with six of the top eight clubs in action on Tuesday the top of the table could change significantly. Depending on results, The Villagers could finish on top of the table or as low as sixth.
Although we are less than half-way through the season, a good result for Ferriby or Nuneaton would be a big boost in their promotion bids.
Ferriby will not be short of confidence going in to this game. They have won four games on the run and kept clean sheets in the last three. The villagers are the division’s top scorers but it will not be easy to break down one of the best defences in the division. A degree of patience may well be required.
The Villagers produced an excellent all-round team performance to beat promotion rivals AFC Fylde on Saturday. The visitors looked good going forward but were limited to very few shots on target. Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“I thought the keeper and back four were tremendous. They kept their shape and made life very difficult for one of the best teams in the division. We had to make a late change to the planned defensive line-up, bringing in Louis Bruce for Ben Middleton but even that did not disrupt our organisation.”
Ferriby’s finishing was clinical. A goal inside two minutes from Ash Palmer set Ferriby on their way and a second-half penalty from skipper Liam King and a late goal from Tom Denton saw Ferriby home to a deserved win.
Nuneaton are currently three points ahead of The Villagers National League North but have an inferior goal difference so a win could see Ferriby go top if Solihull do not win by a large margin at Stockport . Nuneaton have won their last four away games. Perhaps surprisingly, they dropped two points at home to struggling FC United of Manchester on Saturday. In fact, it took a last minute goal to salvage a point. They will obviously be looking to bounce back from that performance.
Heath commented further,
“I was obviously absolutely with the whole team on Saturday. Fylde have been a bit of a bogey team for us so it was good to win for that reason.
“We played well as a team. We had to make two late changes because Russ Fry took ill an hour before the game and Ben Middleton suffered a reaction to the shoulder knock he took at Curzon last week.
“We dominated most of the game even though they looked good going forward. We closed them down all over the field and had them playing backwards for periods. Adam Bolder’s game management was marvellous and he played a big part in our control.
Our finishing was clinical and we obviously got off to a great start. It’s too early to talk of promotion. We have a long way to go and the rest of the season will be a big test for what is a small squad but one that lacks nothing in skill or spirit.”
Heath will still be missing Adam Nicklin and Danny Hone due to injuries. Hopefully, Fry and Middleton will be fit to play on Tuesday.
NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Ross Armstrong
Ferriby start their defence of the FA Trophy with a Third Round Qualifying tie against Evostik Northern Premier League Division One South side Stocksbridge Park Steels. The game will take place at the Eon Visual media Stadium on Saturday 28 November with a 3pm kick-off
If there is need of a replay it will be on Tuesday 1st December 2015 with a 7-45pm kick-off Admission prices Adults £7 Concessions £6 U16s £2