Third Round Qualifying
NFU v Stocksbridge Park Steels
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Saturday 28 November 2015
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby begin their defence of the FA Trophy when they entertain Evostik NPL Division One South Stocksbridge Park Steels at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
It is nearly eight months since Ferriby won the Trophy on a never-to-be-forgotten Sunday afternoon at Wembley.
Saturday’s game is an intriguing one. The two sides have a long rivalry and Steels will certainly be “up” for the tie because every side likes to knock-out the holders.
Ferriby will start favourites but there will certainly be no complacency in The Villagers’ dressing room. Having tasted Wembley success, the players will be determined to do all they can to make a return to English football’s spiritual home.
The Villagers will be determined to defend their Trophy but they will do so by taking each game as it comes. Manager Billy Heath will not let his players get ahead off themselves.
Ferriby, despite Tuesday’s home defeat to leaders Nuneaton, go in to the game in good form. Prior to Tuesday they had won four successive games and will be seeking to return to winning ways on Saturday.
There were no complaints about Tuesday’s result. Heath commented,
“They deserved to win on the night. They were the better team and we will take it on the chin and bounce back. Nuneaton are the best side in the division and will be in the promotion mix at the end of the season.”
Stocksbridge have already played 4 games in this season’s competition. They beat Clitheroe in the Preliminary Round, Nortwich Victoria in the First Round Qualifying and Evostik premier Division Ilkeston in a replay in the last round.
Steels are currently 12th in their division but with games in-hand on the leaders they could climb in to the promotion places. They have scored 23 and concede 17 goals in the League.
On Wedenesday, they crashed out of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup to Houghton Main.
Heath commented further,
“The players should not need motivating on Saturday. Most of them were in the Wembley squad and they know the excitement of occasions. The experience we gained in last season’s win should stand us in good stead this year.
“We will not be under-estimating Stocksbridge.They will be eager to knock-us out, not only to progress but also to claim the holders’ scalp.
“It is not going to be an easy game for us. We may have to be patient but we have shown this season that we can do that.
Heath will still be missing Adam Nicklin and Danny Hone due to injuries. However, former player Wayne Brooksby has re-joined the club on a month’s loan from Guiseley and will be included in the squad,
NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Ross Armstrong
Admission is reduced to £10, £5 for concessions and £3 for under-16s. All must pay.
If there is need of a replay it will be on Tuesday 1st December 2015 with a 7-45pm kick-off Admission prices Adults £7 Concessions £6 U16s £2