Vanarama Conference North
Hednesford Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 14th March 2015 ; KO 3pm
Ferriby travel to Hednesford Town for a Vanarama Conference North fixture on Saturday
The reverse league fixture at the Eon Visual Media Stadium in February saw Hednesford win 2-0. However, the game was sandwiched between the two legs of the FA Trophy semi-final against Bath City and Ferriby manager Billy Heath made 10 changes for the league compared to the cup-ties.
Despite losing, it was a game that The Villagers could have gained a point from. Unfortunately, Nathan Jarman’s bounced back off the bar allowing Hednesford to counter-attack and score to double their lead. That incident shows how narrow the margins between winning and losing are in the Vanarama Conference North.
Hednesford have lost just twice since Christmas but both defeats have been in th e last fortnight including a home defeat to Boston last Saturday. Hednsford will be desperate to beat Ferriby in order to maintain their promotion play-off challenge
The Villagers are currently in 12th position in the Vanarama Conference North. A play-off place now seems beyond Ferriby but they will still be aiming to finish as high as possible. Ferriby have to play a number of the promotion hopefuls so they could have a big influence on the promotion race.
Ferriby produced a good performance to beat Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday. It was a more upbeat and controlled performance than in the previous game against Lowestoft.
Heath commented, “This was a very pleasing win after the Lowesotft result when we were running on empty after our semi-final victory.”
Looking forward to the Hednesford game, Heath added, “We know it will be a tough game, matches against Hednesford always are. They are one of a number of upcoming opponents who are involved in the play-off race so they will be searching for the points.
“However, we will not be sitting back just because we are at Wembley in a couple of weeks. All my players will be striving to be in the final 16 for the Final and will not be giving any team an easy ride.”
Ferriby have drawn more games than any other side in the division. They have lost eight games, a total that is only bettered by the clubs currently occupying the top three spots. The Villagers remain a difficult side to beat and one that nobody relishes playing.
Heath’s point about all his players wanting to be in the 16 man playing squad against Wrexham is a valid one. It is easy to think that players may want to take it “easy” to avoid possible injury but once they are in a game, thoughts like that go out of the window.
Adam Nicklin is still injured. Nathan Pet and Russ Fry are suspended. Otherwise, Heath should have a full squad to choose from. He 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, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, 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/
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