Tuesday 8th April 2014
Stalybridge Celtic v North Ferriby United
Ferriby travel to Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday. The Villagers will be looking for a win to maintain Pressure on leaders AFC Telford at the top of the Skrill North.
Ferriby beat Stalybridge 2-0 at the Eon Visual Media Stadium just over a week ago and will be expecting a tough game. Stalybridge are next to bottom in the division and need a win themselves if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
The title race looks as if it will be between Ferriby, Telford and Altrincham. Behind the top three are another six clubs who could claim a play-off-spot. Anything less than a win against Stalybridge could be a big blow to Ferriby’s title hopes but, despite the injury list, there is a tremendous spirit within the club.
Whatever happens in respect of promotion, we must not lose sight that this has been a highly successful season for The Villagers. They have shown that they are more than capable of competing in Conference football. The on-field exploits have been matched off the field with the Club gaining the necessary B grade that ensures Conference football next season.
The Villagers slipped to second on Saturday following their home draw with Stockport County. It was a frustrating afternoon for Ferriby who created plenty of goal-scoring opportunities but could just not find the net. Ryan Kendall had a goal disallowed and saw a shot hit the inside of the post and roll across the line before being cleared.
Ferriby’s injury list lengthened on Saturday with Danny Clarke picking-up a knock. Manager Billy Heath is now down to the bare bones of a squad at a crucial part of the season. He will be hoping that some players will be able to return at weekend. Clubs cannot sign any new players at the signing deadline has passed. The title/promotion run-in will be a big challenge for Ferriby’s small squad.
Following Saturday’s game, Heath commented, “It was a frustrating afternoon. We had enough chances to win the game but it just did not go for us this afternoon. We have a significant injury list and this obviously takes its toll. It was disappointing to drop back to second but there will be more twists and turns over the last three weeks of the season and we are still in with a chance of the title.”
Heath will definitely be without Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson and Jon D’Laryea, Danny Clarke and Dean Lisles due to injuries. Anthony Wilson will sit-out the second of his two game suspension.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jamie Yates, Lewis McMahon, Tim Taylor, Louis Bruce