North Ferriby United v Rushall Olympic
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Saturday 8 December 2012 KO 3.00 pm
League leaders Ferriby entertain 12th placed Rushall Olympic on Saturday Rushall were Ferriiby's opponents when The Villagers won the Doodson Sport Cup last season and lost 3-0 to Ferriby in September's league fixture.
Ferriby's players will need no lifting following last week's controversial defeat against Hednesford Town. The Villagers did not deserve to lose a highly entertaining game between the two top sides. Both sides played some high quality football that was not necessarily matched by the standard of refereeing.
Ferriby were rocked by two dubious penalty decisions that enabled Hednesford to equalise twice. Anthony Wilson's dismissal when he received two yellow cards within twenty seconds compounded Ferriby's misery.
The defeat brought Ferriby's 16 game unbeaten league run to an end. Manager Billy Heath was disappointed it had happened in such controversial circumstances
"Our run was always going to come to an end but we didn't want it to come to an end in this fashion.
"We wanted a team to do the work, not the referee but we'll pick ourselves up as we have another big game this Saturday against Rushall."
Ferriby are still three points clear at the top and have a vastly superior goal difference to the chasing pack. Saturday's game represents the half-way point of the league season and the whole club is delighted at the position they are in.
Heath will now be looking to his players to begin another unbeaten run to consolidate top spot. The Hednesford result was a disappointment but it will motivate Heath's squad.
Gary Bradshaw and Steve Gardner are probably a week and two weeks, respectively, from returning to the squad. Paul Foot should remain in the squad following his return to the bench against Hednesford. On-lon striker nthony Wilson has now signed a permanent contract for the club.Steve Ridley will also be in the squad following a one game suspension.
Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Steve Ridley, Paul Foot, Gregg Anderson, , Dean Lisles, Mark Gray, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Jack Muldoon, Anthony Wilson Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Ben Hunter