Vanarama National League North
NFU v Stockport County
Saturday 26 March 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Second-placed Ferriby entertain Stockport County at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
Stockport are in 9th place in the Vanarama National League, five points off the play-off places. They will, obviously, be looking for three points on Saturday to keep their hopes alive.
Stockport have the second-best defensive record in the division having conceded just 37 goals. Only Harrogate and Tamworth have conceded fewer. However, they have often found scoring hard to come by with just 42 goals in 35 games. It is looking like Saturday’s game may be a very tight and tense affair with patience being the order of the day.
Ferriby go in to the game on the back of three successive wins. Last Saturday’s victory at play-off rivals Boston United delighted everybody at the club. The win saw Ferriby complete the double over The Pilgrims and, more significantly opened-up and seven point gap between The Villagers and Nuneaton and Tamworth who are fifth and sixth respectively.
The Villagers owe their second position to a better goal difference than AFC Fylde whom they have yet to visit.
Ferriby drew the reverse fixture at Stockport with a superb Adam Bolder goal deep in added time. The game was played in front of over 3000 fans and many of them were annoyed at the lateness of Ferriby’s goal. Unfortunately for Stockport, the referee added further time due to County’s time-wasting tactics and The Villagers benefited.
Looking ahead to Saturday Billy Heath comments,
“It’s going to be a massive game. Stockport are a big club with a large fan-base and huge expectations. Playing at this level clearly hurts them given that they were a Football League until a few years ago.
“Hopefully, we will have a large crowd at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. We may well have to be patient. It could be another scrappy game but we have shown the resilience to win that type of match.
“The players put-in a great team performance at Boston last Saturday. We kept our nerve and looked the likely winners for the final 20 minutes. We defended well, closed Boston down in midfield and scored two good goals.
“It’s a hard weekend with the Stockport game on Saturday and a trip to Lowestoft on Monday. It’s not quite make or break time for us and our rivals but the weekend results could sort out the paly-off battle a little bit more. It’s up to us to make sure we are in the top five at the end of the regular season.”
Hopefully, Heath should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday. Danny Clarke has missed the last two league games through illness but may be fit enough to come back in to the squad.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby
The club reached the Final of the East Riding Senior Cup on Tuesday. A team consisting of a mix of Academy and First-team players defeated Hall Road rangers 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 at the end of extra-time.