Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Stalybridge Celtic
Tuesday 10th March 2015 ; KO 7.45 pm
Ferriby continue with Vanarama Conference North action on Tuesday when Stalybridge Celtic visit the Eon Visiual Media Stadium.
The reverse league fixture at Stalybridge in January ended in 2-2 draw. Both clubs go in to the game on the back of home defeats on Saturday. Celtic lost
1-0 at home to leaders Barrow whilst Ferriby were disappointed to lose Lowestoft Town.
The Villagers are currently in 13th position in the Vanarama Conference North. A play-off place now seems beyond The Villagers but they will still be aiming to finish as high as possible. Ferriby have to play a number of the promotion hopefuls so they could have a big influence on the promotion race.
Ferriby have drawn more games than any other side in the division. They have lost eight games, a total that is only bettered by the clubs currently occupying the top three spots. Clearly, The Villagers are a difficult side to beat.
Ferriby’s performance on Saturday was rather subdued, especially in the second-half. The high drama and emotion of last weekend’s FA Trophy semi-final victory over Bath City, along with a long midweek trip to Oxford clearly had an effect on The Villagers.
The players left for Oxford at 1.30 on Wednesday afternoon and most would not have got to bed much before 3 o’clock on Thursday morning. Link this to the need to do the “day job” and it is not surprising that Saturday’s energy levels were depleted.
That said, Ferriby did play some good football against Lowestoft and, with a little more luck, could have taken something from the game.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “We were probably running on empty against Lowestoft. That’s not a criticism of the players but a recognition of the effort and commitment they have shown.
The Lowestoft result was disappointing but we are not disheartened by it. We will regroup and look for all three points against Stalybridge.”
Adam Nicklin is still injured. Otherwise, Heath should have a full squad to choose from. He is likely to make a few changes to give all his squad an opportunity to stake a claim for the FA Trophy Final squad. It will also give all the players an opportunity to gain match-time and maintain fitness ahead of Wembley.
NFU from: Jonathan Hedge, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Matt Wilson, Danny Emerton
FA Trophy Final tickets are only available online from the FA at http://ticketing.thefa.com/
Further details are available on the club website http://www.northferribyunited.com/
Coach travel and travel/ticket packages are available via East Yorkshire Motor Services on 01482 222 444