Oxford City v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 21 January
Ferriby will be hoping to look to consolidate their position at the top of the Skrill North when they make the long trip to Oxford on Tuesday. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Oxford’s home game on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The weather forecast is for dryer weather in the area so they game will, hopefully, go ahead.
Ferriby go in to the game unbeaten in six games and will be looking for at least a point at Oxford. The season’s first objective has been achieved as Ferriby have secured their place in the Skrill North for next season. They will now concentrate on building a second-successive promotion push.
Re-construction work is scheduled to start on the main stand at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday. This along with some other minor work will secure the necessary grading for the club to meet the grading requirements for the Conference.
Oxford are just outside the relegation places on goal difference and will be as eager for the points as The Villagers. They have won five and drawn eight of their league games so far.
The Villagers saw their lead at the top reduced to goal difference after Saturday’s draw with Histon. However, The Villagers have two games in-hand over second-placed Hednesford . They are four points clear of third-placed AFC Telford United who have played the same number of games as The Villagers.The two sides meet at the Eon Visual media on Saturday.
Ferriby were below their best in the Histon game. They showed their character and determination to come back from 2-0 down to lead 4-2 early in the second-half but uncharacteristic defensive errors allowed Histon to level the game. The game will probably be remembered for Nathan Peat’s 55-yard goal which caught Histon keeper Calum Kitscha off his line.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath was left feeling frustrated, “ We weren’t at our best today and it’s obviously disappointing to draw after being two ahead. However, we are top of the league and have lost only once in 16 games. We will put Saturday’s result behind us and do what we always do which is focus on the next game.”
Heath may well face a test of his relatively small squad at Oxford. There are injury doubts about Danny Clarke (calf),Dean Lisles (ankle, Danny Hone (groin) and Nathan Jarman (hamstring).
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Dan Clayton, Paul Robson, Sam Belcher, Louis Bruce
Admission charges for the FA Trophy 4th Round game against Gosport Borough on 1st February will be the usual £10 and £5. All must pay as season passes are not valid for FA competitions.