FA Cup Second Round Qualifying
Newton Aycliffe v North Ferriby United
Saturday 26 September
Ferriby begin their FA Cup campaign with a trip to Northern League Division One side Newton Aycliffe. The two sides have never met before and will be something of an unknown quantity for each other.
The Villagers are hoping for a good cup run. Last year, they went out in the Fourth Round Qualifying. This season they will be looking to go one better but they will take nothing for granted on Saturday.
Newton Aycliffe are currently 11th in their division. They have won one and drawn two of their three home league fixtures. They have scored 12 goals and conceded 10 in eight league games. Aycliffe seem to be finding it easier to both defend and score goals in the Cup rather than in their league games.
Aycliffe have played three FA Cup games already this season. They started with a 4-0 win at Nelson then beat Morpeth Town 2-0 at home. aIn the last round they won 2-0 at Brighouse Town. The Second Round Qualifying is the furthest they have been in the Cup.
Saturday’s game will be one of the biggest games in the Club’s history and they will certainly looking to put one over on Ferriby
The Villagers will start favourites but they will not need reminding of how hard they found it to beat Cleethorpes Town, who play one level below Aycliffe, at this stage last season. Ferriby will certainly be giving Aycliffe the respect they they deserve.
Ferriby go in to Saturday’s game on the back of a 10 game unbeaten run. They should have too much firepower for Aycliffe but they will need to be focussed and committed.
Northern League sides are often physically strong but Ferriby will be more than capable of holding their own if this is the case on Saturday.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“This is going to be a tough game. They will be determined to beat us because we are a higher level side and also because we are also the FA Trophy holders. In some ways, they will see it as their cup final.
“We are going to have be at our best and play consistently from start to finish. A good cup run is important to us. It gives everybody at the club a boost and it also brings in prize money.”
Ferriby will be without central defender Danny Hone and striker Ryan Kendall. Mark Gray should be fi to return to the squad. Nathan Hotte returns to the squad following suspension.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong
Admission prices at Newton Aycliffe, will be £8 Adults and £5 Concessions. If a replay is needed it will be onTuesday 29th September at The Eon Visual Media Stadium. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm and admission will be £10 Adults and £5 Concessions. Season tickets will not be valid for this game