Brackley Town v NFU (NLN)

Vanarama National League North

Brackley Town v NFU

Saturday 5 September  Kick-off 3.00 pm

Ferriby make the long trip to Brackley on Saturday.

The Villagers will be looking to extend their six game unbeaten run. The last five games have ended in draws. Ferriby will be hoping to break that sequence with a win on Saturday but that will not be easy at Brackley. The Northamptonshire side are always a difficult proposition, especially at home.

The game between the two games last season ended in a one all draw.

Ferriby are one place and one point ahead of Brackley who lost 3-1 at home to Solihull Moors on Monday.

The result against Lowestoft on Bank Holiday Monday was disappointing. The Villagers had enough chances in the first-half to have been winning comfortably at the interval. Lowestoft upped their game in the second-half and it needed a brilliant save from Adam Nicklin to keep a point for Ferriby.

Ferriby are defending well at the moment and, ignoring the Bradford game, they are conceding less than a goal a game. In most games so far they have created far more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents but have a low conversion rate. This has to improve if they are to win on a regular basis.
Manager Billy Heath commented,

“It’s good to have gone six games unbeaten. However, too many have been drawn games that we could have won. We have completed plenty of chances but are not converting them with any degree of consistency. We should have beaten Lowestoft and Bradford in our last two games. We had enough chances to have killed the games off at half-time.

“In fact, we had done the work at Bradford by half-time but Nathan Hotte’s dismissal meant playing the final 30 minutes a player short and that probably cost us the win. We’ve had two red cards in the first seven games and that is disappointing for two reasons. First, both dismissals were probably avoidable and second, they have almost certainly cost us points. We have a small squad and suspensions make life difficult for us all.

Brackley will provide a tough game on Saturday. However, we are defending well and if we can show greater consistency in front of goal we are in with a chance of winning.”

Ferriby will again be without central defender Danny Hone who has a medial ligament injury and is likely to be out for a further three weeks. Adam Bolder returns to the squad following his 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, Nathan Hotte, Ryan Kendall, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester,  Ross Armstrong, Sam Topliss


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