Saturday 29th March 2014
North Ferriby United v Stalybridge Celtic
Ferriby entertain struggling Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday. The Villagers will be looking for a win to maintain pressure on league leaders AFC Telford.
Stalybridge are two places above the bottom two spots. Vauxhall Motors are taking voluntary demotion at the end of the season so will be classes as one of the three relegated teams. However, Stalybridge will be desperate for the points to ensure they they can finish outside the relegation spots. With both sides needing the points for different reasons, it will be a tough game.
The title race looks as if it will be between Ferriby, Telford and Altrincham. Behind them are another six clubs who could claim a play-off-spot. It has been a tough season for The Villagers and the last eight league games will be equally demanding. The one thing that is certain is that there will be more twists and turns before the regular season finishes.
Tuesday’s visit to Workington was a fifteen hour round trip for the players. The game was entertaining and Workington played some fast and skilful football that belied their league position. Ferriby took the lead twice but eventually a late goal from Nathan Jarman to secure a point. Ferriby probably had enough chances to win but a draw was probably a fair, if disappointing, result.
Ferriby’s injury list is growing ever longer. There are the current long-term injuries but there are also a number of players who have picked up injuries in the last two games. It will be a big challenge for Ferriby’s small squad.
Heath commented, “The last two games have been frustrating. We created enough chance in both of them to win. The players showed a lot of character to score a late equaliser at Workington but it was disappointing to draw after taking the lead twice. The injury situation is a concern. We only have a small squad and Saturday will probably provide a chance for some of the players who often miss out .”
Heath will definitely be without Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson and Jon D’Laryea and Danny Emerton through injuries and Danny Clarke who has a one game suspension.. Dean Lisles, Adam Nicklin, Josh Wilde, Anthony Wilson and Dany Emerton are doubtful due to injury.
NFU from: Antoni Pecora, Adam Nicklin, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall, Jamie Yates, Lewis McMahon, Tim Taylor, LouisBruce, Dean Lisles