Workington v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 18th February
Kick-0ff 7.45 pm
Ferriby make the long trip to bottom-of-the-table Workington on Tuesday. Itwill be a long day for The Villagers who face a fourteen hour, or more, round-trip.
This is the second of here successive games against the bottom three clubs and Ferriby will start as favourites .However, as Oxford proved on Saturday, there are no easy games in the Skrill North and top versus bottom matches can often be banana skins for the leaders. Workington are twelve points from safety and need the points as much as Ferriby.
Ferriby won the reverse fixture 3-1 in September and will be anxious to complete the double over the Cumbrians. Workington have won only three league games, all at home and are going to need an extremely big change in form to avoid relegation.
Workington’s home game against Altrincham on Saturday was postponed shortly before kick-off. Ferriby will be keeping a close on the weather over the next couple of days and hoping that the better weather that is predicted for the north-west proves accurate.
The race for the Skrill North title and the promotion places is hotting-up with four teams within six points of Ferriby. The Villagers remain in a strong position with at least one game in hand on most of the teams behind them but Billy Heath knows that his players cannot afford any slip-ups.
Ferriby had to work hard for their win over Oxford on Saturday. A strong and blustery wind made life difficult for the players. Ferriby mastered the conditions better than Oxford , especially in the second-half and ran-our deserved winners.
Liam King gave Ferriby the lead before a harsh penalty allowed oxford to equalise. Nathan Jarman sealed the win for The Villagers. It was a good all-round team performance from Ferriby.
Ferriby have a small squad but it still means that somebody has to sit out a match each week. The spirit in the squad was emphasised by Paul Robson on Saturday . He was not in the starting 16 but he put in a good performance after having to start the game at short notice when Dean Lisles broke-down in the warm-up with a recurrence of his ankle injury.
After Saturday’s game Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “This was a big win for us. We were made to work hard but we produced a good all-round performance. We defended well and created two top quality goals. We have to build-on this over the next two games. Neither will be easy as both Workington and Gloucester are desperate for points.”
Heath’s only injury doubt is Dean Lisles. Recent signing Lewis McMahon was on the bench on Saturday but did not make an appearance.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Jamie Yates, Paul Robson, Mark Gray, Lewis McMahon