NFU v Chalk Lane (ERSC 3)

North Ferriby United v Chalk Lane
East Riding Senior Cup Third Round
Tuesday 25th   February
Kick-0ff 7.30 pm

Ferriby continue their defence of the East Riding Senior Cup when they entertain Humber Premier League side Chalk Lane on Tuesday. The game kicks-off at the slightly earlier time of 7.30. Admission prices have been reduced to £2 for adults and £1 for concessions. There will be the usual catering facilities.

The East Riding Cup is the most minor of the four competitions that Ferriby enter each year but it is still one that they are eager to win. One of the attractions for the finalists is usually the opportunity to play at the KC Stadium but this season’s final will need to be played at an alternative venue.

Ferriby will start as clear favourites against a side that plays five levels below them in the football pyramid but The Villagers will be taking nothing for granted and will treat Chalk lane with the respect they deserve.

Saturday’s draw at Gloucester City saw Ferriby drop to second in the Sktill North but the Villagers have a game in hand on new leaders AFC Telford.  The Gloucester game was a scrappy affair. After an even first-half, Ferriby dominated the second but could not find a winning goal after Jamie Yates had equalised after 53 minutes.

Ferriby Manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a frustrating afternoon. We could have won the game but the point could be a crucial one come the end of the season. We are still in a good position with a game-in-hand over Telford and two over Hednesford.”

Heath will probably make changes to his starting line-up to give significant playing time to those squad players who are not regularly in the starting eleven. Heath will be without the suspended Anthony Wilson on Tuesday and recent signing Lewis McMahon is ineligible. Heath is likely to add Louis Bruce and Tim Taylor to the squad.

Heath commented, “Chalk lane will provide a challenge. They will be keen to cause an upset and we will not certainly be underestimating them. We know that cup competitions can be great levellers. Obviously, we want the Senior Cup and retain the Cup.”

NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke,  Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jamie Yates, Paul Robson, Mark Gray, Tim Taylor, Louis Bruce

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