North Ferriby United v Alfreton Town
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round with Budweiser
Saturday 26 October
Kick-off 3.00 pm
North Ferriby United will be looking to make club history when they face Alfreton Town at the Eon Visual media stadium on Saturday. This is only the second time that The Villagers have appeared in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round and they will be hoping to progress to the First Round Proper for the first time in the Club’s history.
Progressing to the First Round will provide a major boost to the club. This is the round where Football League clubs enter the competition and it also provides the possibility of television exposure. A televised fixture against a League club would provide a welcome boost to the club’s finances as it looks to raise money to fund ground improvements that are required under ground grading requirements.
After a six game winning run, Ferriby have lost their last two games. Ferriby lost their 100% home record when they lost 3-2 to Guiseley on Tuesday. The Villagers were certainly not at their best for that game and had no complaints about the result. However, that will count for little on Saturday as cup-ties are always one-off games and anything can happen.
Ferriby will certainly be committed on Saturday. It is a big opportunity for the palyers to win themselves a place on the national stage.
Anthony Wilson, Matt Wilson and Nathan Jarman will all be hoping to make an impact as they face one of their former clubs. The Villagers have one of the best strike-forces in non-league football with Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall and Jarman. They are a handful for any defence.
Alfreton are 12th in the Skrill Conference Premier. Their position is based very much on their home form as they have won two and lost six of their away games.
Villagers’ Chairman Les Hare said, “We are anticipating a large crowd. We had 520 against Runcorn linnets in the last round and are hoping for 800 on Saturday, especially as City have no game that day. We hope local football fans will come down to the ground and get behind us. We have a good side who play attractive football and we know we can put on a good performance against any side.”
Manager Billy Heath, a former Alfreton player himself, commented, “Alfreton are a Conference Premier side and will start as favourites but that suits us as it puts all the pressure on them. They are the team that is expected to win. The game provides us with a chance to measure how far we have progressed and allows us to compare ourselves with an established side from the next level above us.”
Dean Lisles is still unavailable due to an ankle injury and Danny Clarke is doubtful also due to an ankle injury Heath should have a full squad to chooses from. Mark Gray is cup-tied having played for Frickley athletic in an earlier round.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Ben Hunter, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall, Nathan Jarman, Sam Belcher, Louis Bruce
Car parking will be available at North Ferriby Primary School. The cost is £2 with proceeds going to the school. Stewards will be on duty to direct traffic in to the school.
If a replay is needed it will be at Alfreton on Tuesday 29th October with a 7.45 kick-off.