Vanarama National League North
AFC Telford United v NFU
Saturday 19 September Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby take their nine game unbeaten run to bottom side AFC Telford United on Saturday. The Villagers take little notice of records but the current run is their longest unbeaten run in their three seasons at this level.
Telford did not have a midweek game and lost 4-0 at home to Harrogate Town last Saturday. Their four points have come from a win and a draw at the New Buck’s Head. Strangely, they have a better defensive record than a large number of clubs in the division but they have scored only three times.
The Shropshire side know that they need to start putting together a run of good results or they are likely to find themselves falling further behind the clubs just above them.
Ferriby are the division’s joint top scorers. The Villagers will be favourites to come back with all three points but it not going to be an easy game despite Ferriby’s current run of form. The Vanarama National League North is proving very competitive this season and a couple of successive wins or defeats can make a big difference to a club’s position in the table.
Ferriby will be quietly confident of a good result on Saturday after Tuesday’s good performance at then second-placed Harrogate Town.
That game saw an amazing finish. The Villagers were 2-1 down in the 87th minute but were 3-2 ahead in the 90th. A late equaliser deep in added time denied Ferriby the win but it was still a good point against a very good side.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“It was a very good performance on Tuesday (at Harrogate). We played well against a very good team. The result shows how teams battle to the end in this league.
“Telford will be a different type of challenge. They will be desperate to start turning round their season. Their weakness appears to be up front as their defensive record is not that bad. They may be the bottom club but we still have to treat them with respect and put in a good performance of our own.”
Ferriby will again be without central defender Danny Hone who has a medial ligament injury. Central defender Mark Gray is doubtful due to a groin strain. He started the Harrogate game but had to be substituted in the first-half with a recurrence of the injury. Nathan Hotte sits out the final game of a three match suspension.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Ryan Kendall, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester, Ross Armstrong, Sam Topliss