North Ferriby United v Woking
FA Trophy 2nd Round
Saturday 14 December
Kick-off 3.00 pm
North Ferriby will be hoping to make club history by reaching the last 16 of the FA Trophy for the first time when they face Skrill Premier Division Woking at the on Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. The game will be a big challenge for Ferriby but having beaten Skrill Premier opposition in the last round The Villagers will not be daunted.
Woking have won the FA Trophy three times, the last being in 1996-7, the same season that Ferriby reached Wembley in the FA Vase. The visitors will start favourites although they are in the lower reaches of the Skrill Premier having won seven and drawn five of their 22 league games so far. They have run into some decent form of late and have won six of their last seven games.
Ferriby will go in to the match in a buoyant mood after going top of the Skrill North on Tuesday with a 4-1 demolition of Leamington. This is the highest position that the club has achieved in its history. Ferriby’s first task this season was to gain enough points to stay in the Skrill North and then build a promotion challenge. Billy Heath’s side is now well on track for this.
The FA Trophy brings the opportunity to raise the club’s profile and dangles the chance of a place in a Wembley Final. Saturday’s game provides Heath and his players with a chance to measure themselves against another Skrill Premier side. The Villagers more than matched Hyde in the last round and gave a good performance against Alfreton in the FA Cup.
Ferriby continue to play good attractive football but this will be only one quality that is needed on Saturday. Recent games have been very solid team performances. There is a tremendous spirit and work ethic in the squad and this will count for a lot against Woking.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath was delighted with Tuesday’s performance, ”It was a tremendous performance. The players did everything I asked of them. They showed their quality, ability and spirit. I couldn’t have asked for more. To be top of the table is tremendous and great reward for everybody at the club.
“Woking will be a totally different level of opposition on Saturday but we will relish the chance to match ourselves against a Premier Division side.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from apart from Dean Lisles and Mark Gray who are both injured.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman, Ben Hunter, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall
If a replay is needed, it will be at Woking on Tuesday 17 December with a 7.45 kick-off.
Ferriby will play Chalk Lane at home on Tuesdau 11 February 2014 in the East Riding Senior Cup 3rd Round. Kick-off will be at 7.30pm