NFU v AFC Fylde (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
NFU v AFC Fylde

The Eon Visual Media Stadium

Saturday 21 November  2015
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

Ferriby entertain AFC Fylde at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.  With Fylde in second place and Ferriby in fourth it promises to be an entertaining and challenging game. The Villagers will be hoping for a good crowd for a game between two sides who have scored 70 goals between them in league games this season.

Although we are less than half-way through the season, a good result for either side would be a big boost in their promotion bids.

Saturday’s game is the first two tough challenges in four days because current leaders Nuneaton Town travel to the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Fylde are currently two points ahead of The Villagers National League North and have played two games fewer. Fylde are unbeaten in eight games and have won their last four away games. They will have been disappointed to have only drawn at home last Saturday with lowly Brackley Town.

Fylde, like Ferriby, have lost just two of their league .games. They are the division’s third highest scorers and boast the second-best defensive record. Their main goal threats come from Danny Rowe, Dion Charles and Richie Baker.Ferriby are the highest scorers and have one of the better defensive records.

The Villagers go in to the game with a run of three wins in eight days behind them. Pleasingly the last two were away wins in which they also kept clean sheets. In a tight division, goal difference could be crucial at the end of the season.

The Villagers performance at Curzon last Saturday was impressive given the awful playing conditions. The game was a credit to two sides that did their best to play attacking football on a heavy pitch in constant rain.

Manager Billy Heath commented,

“Saturday’s game is obviously a big one for both clubs. Both sides are doing well and Fylde are always a difficult team to beat. However, we are playing well and know that we can match the teams in this division when we play well.

 “It’s too early to talk of promotion and how the Fylde game will affect it. There are going to be loads of twists and turns before the season ends.

“Our performance at Curzon was tremendous. The conditions were awful but the players stuck to their task against a good Curzon side that always looked dangerous going forward. It was a difficult pitch for defenders because turning was difficult on such a wet and heavy pitch.

"People ask if our young squad has what it takes to play at this level, and they have it in abundance. The players show they have the skill and commitment week-in week-out."

Heath will have most of his squad available but will still be missing Adam Nicklin and Danny Hone due to injuries.

NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss,  Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte, Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong

The Villagers will be presented with The Hull Daily Mail “Professional Sporting Moment of the Year” award in the Sports Bar after the game.

Ferriby start their defence of the FA Trophy with a Third Round Qualifying tie against Evostik Northern Premier League Division One South side Stocksbridge Park Steels. The game will take place at the Eon Visual media Stadium on Saturday 28 November with a 3pm kick-off

If there is need of a replay it will be on Tuesday 1st December 2015 with a 7-45pm kick-off  Admission prices  Adults  £7   Concessions  £6   U16s  £2  

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