NFU v Curzon Ashton (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
North Ferriby United v Curzon Ashton

Saturday 20 February 2016
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

Third-placed Ferriby entertain mid-table Curzon Ashton at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. The Villagers will be looking  for victory after gaining only one point from the last three games. Ferriby needed a Liam King penalty deep in added time to salvage a point at Hednesford on Tuesday.

That draw meant The Villagers dropped to third place as Harrogate moved in to second spot, two pints ahead of Ferriby, with a win at Stalybridge. Solihull are a further four points ahead of Ferriby and both clubs have a game-in-hand on The Villagers. One bit of good news on Tuesday was the fact that fellow promotion rivals AFC Fylde lost at Lowestoft and are now one point behind Ferriby. Boston are fifth and Nuneaton are sixth. The villagers really could do with the win on Saturday or they could drop to fifth or sixth spot.

Tuesday’s game at Hednesford was a scrappy affair and, in all honesty, neither side really deserved to win. Perhaps the performances were the result of the fact that both teams knew that a win was important and pressure played its part in the game

Curzon are in a comfortable mid-table position and go in to Saturday’s game on the back of a 2-1 midweek defeat at Tamworth. The reverse fixture between Ferriby and Curzon ended in a 3-0 win for The Villagers who would very much like to repeat that result. Curzon have won four, drawn five and lost five of their away games. In those games they have scored 20 goals and conceded 18.

Ferriby Manager Billy Heath comments,

“We are lacking our clinical finishing at the moment and we need to find our scoring touch. Defensively we are playing reasonably well.

“It is very tight at the top of the table but we will focus, as always, on our own performances and not on what our opponents are doing. The scoreline in the game at Curzon was perhaps a little unjust on them and we know it will be a difficult game on Saturday.”

Heath should have a full squad to choose from unless there are any late reactions to any knocks from Tuesday’s game.

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


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