North Ferriby United v Oxford City
Saturday 15th February
Kick-0ff 3.00 pm
Ferriby face Oxford City who are in the relegation places at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. This is the first of three successive games against the sides currently occupying the relegation spots. It is vital that Ferriby get a good return from these games.
Ferriby will start as favourites but it will not be an easy game as Oxford are, obviously, just as in need of three points as Ferriby. The race for the Skrill North title and the promotion places is hotting-up with four teams within three points of Ferriby. The Villagers remain in a strong position with at least one game in hand on most of the teams behind them but Billy Heath knows that his players cannot afford any slip-ups.
Ferriby won 3-2 at Oxford a few weeks ago. The Villagers were 2-0 ahead but two unnecessarily conceded penalties allowed City to draw level before Anthony Wilson scored the winner.
Oxford have games in-hand on the sides above them and will be hoping to pull away from the relegation zone. They have won only once on their travels in the league but have also managed five draws. Interestingly, they have only conceded one more goal than Ferriby in their league games though they have played three games fewer.
Despite last Saturday’s result Ferriby remain on a good run of form with only three defeats in 21 games. Until last Saturday they had scored in 22 successive games
After the Barrow game last Saturday Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “We really deserved something from today’s game. We had far more attempts on goal and a good deal of the possession. They got an early goal with a soft penalty decision and then sat back to defend the lead.
“I expect Oxford to defend in numbers on Saturday. They will be hoping to snatch a goal and then defend it. We will have to be patient and play our normal game.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Gregg Anderson who is out for the season. Lewis McMahon will be in the squad following his signing from Matlock Town.
With Hull City not having a Saturday game, The Villagers are hoping that local football fans will come to the Eon Visual Media Stadium to support Ferriby’s promotion battle.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Jamie Yates, Paul Robson, Mark Gray, Lewis McMahon