FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying
Warrington Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 25th October 2014 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby visit Warrington Town on Saturday for an FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying tie. The Villagers will be looking to make club history by winning the game and reaching the First Round Proper for the first time. This will put the team in the draw with League One and Two clubs.
The Villagers will start as favourites against their Evostik Division One North opponents but, as Ferriby have learned to their cost over the years, the FA Cup is a great leveller. Indeed, one only has to go back to 2004 to find that Warrington hammered Ferriby 6-1 in an FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying game. There will not be any sense of Saturday’s game being “payback” time as none of the current squad played in that game.
Billy Heath’s side will be taking nothing for granted. The players know they will have to play to their ability to beat Warrington who will feel they have nothing to lose.
Warrington lie twelfth in the Evostik Division One North with four wins and two draws in their 10 games. They have scored 12 goals and conceded 13 in their league games. They will certainly not overawed by Ferriby as they beat Vanarama Conference North side Colwyn Bay in the last round. Warrington were knocked out of the FA Trophy at home by Mossley last Saturday.
The FA cup is an important competition for the players and the club. For the club, it is an opportunity to gain additional income through the extra matches and from prize money for winning. It is an also an opportunity to gain recognition outside the local area and to generally raise awareness of the club. For the players, it is an opportunity to perform on a national stage with the hope of reaching at least the First Round Proper where there is the possibility of playing a League One or Two club.
Ferriby’s results have improved in recent weeks and they will go in to the game in good heart. The Villagers seem to have found their scoring touch again. Saturday’s draw with Guiseley was a bit of a defensive nightmare for both sides. It was great entertainment for the crowd but both managers were left tearing their hair out in an eight-goal thriller.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath comments, “Warrington will make it difficult for us on Saturday. They are having a mixed season so far but FA Cup games are always one-off affairs. We know we are favourites to win but we will not be complacent and will give them our professional respect. They have already shown that they are capable of beating Conference North clubs by winning against Colwyn bay in the last round.
“We have found our scoring touch again and are continuing to play good football. We did not defend well last Saturday. That was disappointing for us as we are usually fairly solid at the back. We will certainly need to tighten-up against Warrington.
“FA Cup ties are always important, both to the club and the players, and we will be looking to be in Monday evening’s draw.”
Danny Emerton is injured so will not be available. Recent signing Jason St Juste is ineligible for the game having played for Farsley earlier in the competition.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Mark Gray, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Tom Denton, Tom Corner, Dan Clayton, Louis Bruce; Jamie Yates
If a replay is needed it will be at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday 28th October with a 7.45 kick-off. Admission for the game will be £10 full price and £5 for concessions. All must pay as passes are not valid for cup ties.