Vanarama National League North
Hednesford Town v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Kick-off 7.45 pm
Second-placed Ferriby travel to struggling Hednesford Town on Tuesday. The Villagers will be looking to put two straight league defeats behind them. Saturday’s defeat at home to Harrogate Town was the first time this season that Ferriby have failed to score in successive games. They will be keen to change that on Tuesday.
The Villagers still remain the division’s top scorers but they need tat least a point on Tuesday. The weekend’s results involving clubs at the top of the Vanarama Conference North now mean that Solihull lead by seven points. Ferriby, AFC Fylde and Harrogate are second, third and fourth, all on 52 points. Boston are fifth, a further point behind whilst Nuneaton are in sixth spot with 50 points. Both Fylde and Harrogate have a game in hand on The Villagers. Any win or loss now can make a significant difference to league position.
Hednesford are having a difficult time and have been at the bottom end of the table for most of the season. Hednesford are currently in 20th position and occupy the last relegation spot. The bottom three clubs all have 26 points and very similar goal differences. The five clubs are above them are just six or fewer points ahead so both top and bottom of the table are turning in to a real battle for position.
The Pitmen will be desperate for at least a point on Tuesday. They have scored 36 goals and conceded 52 in their 27 league games.. Their playing record is better away from home than at Keys Park. They may well come under pressure from their fans if they do not start the match well, especially as they lost 2-0 at home to Gainsborough on Saturday.
Saturday’s defeat by Harrogate was a disappointing result for Ferriby. It was a game that saw The Villagers create enough good chances to have got at least a point but it was one of those days that saw The Villagers usually clinical finishing desert them. Wayne Brooksby hit the bar and post and a number of gilt-edged chances were missed by various players.
Ferriby Manager Billy Heath comments,
“Saturday was disappointing. We had enough chances but, as far as scoring was concerned, it was just one of those days. Unfortunately, you get games where you think you wouldn’t have scored if you’d played until midnight! It wasn’t lack of effort in creating scoring opportunities, it was a lack of our usual quality in front of goal.
“We need to pick ourselves up on Tuesday. The sides may be at opposite ends of the table but we both need a win. It is going to be a tough game and we need to be mentally prepared for it.
Heath should have the luxury of a full squad to choose from unless there are any late reactions to any knocks from Saturday’s game against Harrogate. Danny Hone played a full 90 minutes for the Academy side which beat Hull United in the East Riding Senior Cup quarter-final.
NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Wayne Brooksby