North Ferriby United v Gosport Borough
FA Trophy 4th Round
Saturday 1st February
Kick-0ff 3.00 pm
Ferriby take a break from Skrill North action on Saturday when they entertain Gosport Borough in the 4th Round of the FA Trophy. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.
The game is one of the biggest in the club’s history. This is the furthest Ferriby have been in the senior non-league cup competition and they will be eager to reach the semi-finals which will see them two games from a Wembley appearance.
Although Hull City are at home, Ferriby are hoping that the neutrals and non-league fans in the area will provide a large crowd at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.
It has been a tremendous so far for The Villagers. They started the season with two main aims: to enjoy themselves at this level of football and to make sure they kept their place in the Skrill North. The club has certainly enjoyed its first season at this level and the Trophy run has been the icing on the cake. A second successive title and promotion is not beyond the players but it will be a testing three months to the end of the season.
Ferriby have impressed a lot of people with its standard of football. One of the commentators travelling with Telford last Saturday broadcast that The Villagers were the best team he had seen all season.
Gosport are in 21st place in the Skrill South and facing a long relegation fight. They have won only five league games, including a win at high-flyers Weston-Super-Mare last Saturday. Gosport have generally found goals hard to come by but they also tend not to concede too many. The FA Trophy run has been the highlight of their season.
Ferriby are in a strong position in the promotion race, but may lose top spot on Saturday depending on Hednesford’s result against promotion rivals Altrincham. Manager Billy Heath commented, “We have to forget the league race during Saturday’s game. It’s fantastic to be top of the table and in the last eight of the Trophy. We have shown that we can more than compete at this level.”
Ferriby are on a good run of form with only one defeat in 19 games. They have scored in each of their last 21 games. The strike force of Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman and Ryan Kendall has scored 55 goals between them in all competitions.
The postponement of Tuesday’s game at Gainsborough due to a waterlogged pitch gave the players a chance to rest niggling injuries and gave some respite in what is now a very congested fixture list.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented. “We will start favourites against Gosport but we will take nothing for granted. Cup games are always one-offs and we will show Gosport our respect. They are having a tough season in the league but have obviously done well in the Trophy. They like to play football but, as usual, we will concentrate on our own performance.”
Heath will be without Danny Hone (suspended) Gregg Anderson underwent surgery for re-construction work on his shoulder on Monday. Dean Lisles will return to the squad following his ankle injury. He may well partner Matt Wilson on the centre of the defence.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Dan Clayton, Paul Robson, Louis Bruce
Admission charges for the game will be the usual £10 and £5. All must pay as season passes are not valid for FA competitions. Approximately 200 seats will now be available for the game as it is proving possible to do the re-structuring work in phases and still meet the necessary deadlines.
If a replay is needed it will take place at Gosport’s Privett Park on Tuesday 4th February with a 7.45 kick-off.