Vanarama Conference North
Brackley Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 21st March 2015 ; KO 3.00 pm
Ferriby make their third long away trip in eight days when they travel to Brackley Town on Saturday, their last game before Wembley.
Ferriby go in to the game with three straight wins behind them. Bill Heath will be hoping his side can keep this run going as they are now in a position to gain a play-off position. The three wins have enabled The Villagers to be in a position where a number of clubs can finish within a point or two of each other. It is not unknown for one team to come with a late run and clinch the final play-off spot.
If people were anticipating the forthcoming FA Trophy Final would affect Ferriby’s league form then they have, so far been proved wrong. The Villagers have a small playing squad and all the players will feel they have a chance of being in the 16 that will be named for the game. Consequently, the players are giving it their all to get the nod.
Brackley are deep in a relegation fight and will be desperate for all three points. The Northamptonshire side have lost 19 of their league games and have scored just under a goal a game.
The reverse league fixture at the Eon Visual Media Stadium in January saw the sides draw 1-1 in a game that Ferriby should really have won. Since then, Brackley have lost eight of their last nine league. Their only win came against fellow strugglers Stalybridge.
Brackley are always well-organised defensively and will be hard to break down. It is likely to be another game where Ferriby will have to display patience.
Tuesday’s win at Solihull was another very good team performance. The game was pretty much settled by Half-time as The Villagers held a 3-0 lead. Solihull exerted more pressure in the second-half and scored and early goal. But with Ferriby’s defence and midfield defending well the win was never really in doubt. Josh Wilde’s stunning 35-yard strike sealed the win.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “This was another very good team performance. Our first-half performance, in particular was excellent.
Brackley are in a desperately poor run of form but they are never easy to break doiwn and will be fighting tooth and nail for the points.”
Adam Nicklin and Danny Emerton are still injured but Nathan Peat returns from suspension. Heath may make a few changes to give all his squad an opportunity to stake a claim for the FA Trophy Final squad. It will also give all the players an opportunity to gain match-time and maintain fitness ahead of Wembley.
NFU from: Jonathan Hedge, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Nathan Peat, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Curtis Bateson, Matt Wilson, Danny Emerton
FA Trophy Final tickets are only available online from the FA at http://ticketing.thefa.com/
Further details are available on the club website http://www.northferribyunited.com/
Coach travel and travel/ticket packages are available via East Yorkshire Motor Services on 01482 222 444