Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Worcester City
Saturday 31st January 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby return to league action on Saturday when Worcester City visit the Eon Visiual Media Stadium.
The Villagers are currently in 10th position in the Vanarama Conference North, level on points and one place ahead of Worcester.
Ferriby are the North division’s draw specialists with 11 draws from their 26 League games. A very tight game could be in prospect. Worcester have the second-worst scoring record in the division but only leaders Fylde have conceded fewer. Ferriby will obviously have to be patient if they are to break them down.
Ferriby have won three and drawn three of their last six games. Worcester started the season well, including a 2-1 win over Ferriby in the reverse fixture in August, but have won only three of eight league games since the beginning of December.
With both sides just six points of the final promotion play-off spot, a win is vital to both if they are to remain serious play-off contenders.
Ferriby are in a buoyant mood after last Saturday’s FA trophy win at Farnborough. The win put The Villagers in the quarter-finals for the second successive year. They will play either Ebbsfleet ot Braintree on Saturday 7th March at the Eon Visual Media Stadium. The sides drew in midweek and replay next Tuesday.
Ferriby deserved their win at Farnborough, though it needed some excellent goalkeeping from Adam Nicklin to deny the home side on occasion. Well-taken goals from Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall broke Farnborough’s resistance before half-time and The Villagers controlled the second-half.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We have to put the Trophy behind for this week. We still feel we can make a play-off spot and the Worcester game, in particular is crucial. They will be difficult to break down but we have shown we can be patient.”
Apart from the injured Danny Emerton and Nathan Jarman, Heath will have his full squad to select from. Curtis Bateson returns to the squad after being ineligible for the Farnborough game.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, 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