Vanarama National League North
NFU v Worcester City
Saturday 2 April 2016
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Second-placed Ferriby entertain struggling Worcester City at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
Worcester are having a difficult season and are just four points above the relegation places. They will, obviously, be looking for three points on Saturday as they strive to keep their place in the division.
Worcester have done fairly well defensively this season but have struggled to score goals and this has cost them points. They have had some good results against the leading sides and are likely to be tough opponents for The Villagers on Saturday.
Ferriby lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at the end of January so are more than aware of what Worcester can do. They have lost just one of their last eight games. They have won only one of those, the other six being draws including games against Solihull, Harrogate, Nuneaton and Boston.
Ferriby go in to the game on the back of four successive wins. They retained second-place on goal difference from AFC Fylde despite Easter Monday’s game at Lowestoft being cancelled. The play-off race is still far from being decided. Harrogate are in fourth position, five points behind Ferriby and Fylde. Nuneaton occupy the final play-off spot with 58 points. All four clubs have played 35 games whilst chasing clubs Boston and Tamworth have played 37.
League leaders Solihull have also played 37 games but have a 12 point lead over Ferriby and Fylde.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Billy Heath comments,
“It was disappointing that Monday’s game was postponed. We are having a good run at the moment and it would have been nice to try to keep the momentum going.
“We know it will be a difficult game. They are in a pretty good run of form that is seeing them pick-up points from mainly drawn games. Their results against the top sides have been good since Christmas.
“We had no real complaint when they beat us in January. We gifted them an early goal and we only really got going in the final 15 minutes.
“The players know they will need a much better performance than that on Saturday and they are in the right frame of mind to produce one.
“We are in a very good position but we’ve still got seven games to play and we need four more wins to be certain of a play-off spot.
Hopefully, with the possible exception of Danny Clarke who is recovering from illness, Heath should have a full squad to choose from on Monday.
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
Ferriby will be holding a footwear collection at their remaining home games. The items collected will be given to Hull Homeless Outreach as the charity looks to create a world record for the most items of footwear in any one place. The attempt will be made at the KC Stadium towards the end of June.
Supporters are asked to bring any old or unwanted footwear to the ground. Condition is immaterial.