Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United v Gloucester City
Saturday 16th August 2014; KO 3.00pm
Ferriby will be looking to maintain their winning start to the season when they entertain Gloucester City at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. The Villagers have won both of their opening games, scoring four times and conceding no goals.
If Ferriby win on Saturday it will be the first time since the beginning of the 2005-6 season that they have won their three opening games.
Gloucester have yet to record a win. They drew at home with Bradford Park Avenue on the opening day and then lost at Tamworth in midweek. City were Ferriby’s first opponents in the Conference with The Villagers winning 3-1 at home last season.
Ferriby have controlled both of their games and could and, perhaps, should have won by greater margins. From a goal-scoring point-of-view, the goals are coming from all through the team. Defender Matt Wilson and midfielder Liam King are already on the score-sheet.
King’s goal against Hyde was the result of a very slick passing move involving Nathan Peat and Nathan Jarman before King hammered home an unstoppable shot. Striker Tom Denton opened his account with two headers against Hyde.
The Villagers have once again set-out their stall. It is early days but the side looks determined and confident. With some desperate tackling from Hyde in the second-half on Tuesday, the Ferriby players displayed a maturity and calmness that was sometimes lacking last season. The players kept calm and let their football do the talking whilst the referee dished out the cautions.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We have had a good start to the season and the clean sheets are as important as the wins. We have produced two good team performances to beat Stockport and Hyde and we need to do the same against Gloucester.
“It is an excellent squad of players. The new signings have settled-in well. We now have a set of players that allows us to change our tactics during a game. We are able to change formation during games and bring on players to settle things down if need be”
Ferriby will be hoping for a good crowd for the first Saturday home fixture. There is no midweek game to come but The Villagers play twice over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Apart from Danny Hone who is carrying-over a three match suspension from last season, Heath should have his full squad available on Saturday. He has named the same sixteen for the first two games and he may well do the same against Gloucester.
NFU’s probable squad : Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Josh Wilde, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Adam Bolder, Danny Emerton, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Tom Denton, Tom Corner, Jamie Yates, Louis Bruce, Tim Taylor, Dan Clayton, Matty Kingston