Vanarama National League North
Tamworth v NFU
Saturday 8 August Kick-off 3.00 pm
FA Trophy holders North Ferriby start their Vanarama National League season with a trip to Tamworth. It is the start of what promises to be a challenging season in a league that seems to get progressively stronger each season.
Last season’s game at Tamworth ended in a 2-2 draw after Ferriby squandered a two goal lead. That result kick-started Tamworth’s season and it was only on the last day that they missed-out on a play-off spot.
Saturday’s game promises to be another close affair. Both sides have seen players leave and join during the summer. This always makes it difficult to assess possible form.
Ferriby have shown some good form during pre-season and there will be a degree of confidence within the club that the team can make a good showing in their third season at this level.
The Villagers’ new signings appear to have settled-in well but, as always, the true test for the team is performance in competitive games.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“We’re looking forward to the season starting. Last year was both memorable and successful but that is now in the past. We now have to look forward to the new season.
“Pre-season went well. We have competition for places throughout the squad and this will keep everybody on their toes.
“We obviously want a successful season and we have to believe that we will be competitive. However, my approach will be as it always is about targets. I’ve always said that the first target for a season is to reach 45 points as quickly as possible. This usually ensures that the team will not be relegated and also provides a springboard for a push for promotion.
“We won’t be surrendering the FA Trophy easily but we will deal with that at the appropriate time. It would be good to have a good FA Cup run.
“There are no easy games in this league Our first five games provide a tough start. Our Trophy success may make us a team that other clubs want to beat.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from. Liam King, Danny Clarke and Tom Davie sat-out last Saturday’s win at Frickley Athletic with minor knocks.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Danny Hone, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Ryan Kendall, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong