NFU v Guiseley (POSF 2L)

Saturday 3rd  2014
North Ferriby United  v Guiseley

Skrill North
Promotion Play-off Semi-final Second Leg

Ferriby are expecting a large crowd at the Eon Visual Media Stadium to urge them on to overcome Guiseley’s two goal lead. This tie is far from over and Ferriby will believe that they can overcome the deficit and gain a place in the final at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on 10th May against Altrincham or Hednesford.

This tie is finely balanced and Ferriby believe that they have the character and ability to reach the play-off final. The two goal margin was harsh on Ferriby following Wednesday’s game. The Villagers created more scoring opportunities and had Guiseley defending desperately at times.

Ferriby played the more attractive football in a game of contrasting styles in which Guiseley played a largely long-ball game. The Villagers’ defence generally handled this well and Guiseley had few opportunities. Saturday’s game will certainly continue this difference in styles.

Ferriby certainly showed on Wednesday that they are more than capable of getting behind Guiseley’s defence and creating scoring chances. Luck was not really with Ferriby on Wednesday but an early goal will throw the tie wide open. Nathan Jarman, in particular, was desperately unlucky to see a superb shot hit the bar and bounce over just before half-time. This would have been an equaliser and it would have probably changed the whole complexion of the game.

To Ferriby’s credit, they kept pressing for a goal throughout the second-half. In particular, Ferriby had much the better of the final 15 minutes but did not enjoy the bounce of the ball around the penalty area.

After Wednesday’s game, Ferriby Heath commented, “It is obviously a disappointing result and it was also disappointing to concede the goals in the way we did. However, the tie is far from over. We had a number of players carrying injuries and that always makes it hard. We will assess all of them over the next couple of days. We have a difficult task on Saturday but the players have the ability and character to win through.

It is a credit to the spirit and character of Ferriby’s players that they are still in this tie. Billy Heath’s squad has been decimated with injuries throughout the season. The fact that Ferriby have a fairly small squad has meant that Heath has been unable to rest and rotate players. In recent weeks he has found it hard on occasion to field 11 players who are fully fit.  Such is the players’ determination that they are keen and determined to play in every game even whilst carrying injuries.

We are hoping that there will be a large crowd to cheer the players on. They have been magnificent this season. They have worked hard and played good football. They will certainly be giving their all on Saturday.”

Against Guiseley, Heath will definitely be without Jon D’Laryea and Jamie Yates due to injuries.  At Guiseley,  Gregg Anderson was recalled to the bench following his recent lengthy shoulder injury.  Danny Clarke and Ryan Kendall are doubtful through illness and injury respectively. Danny Hone is suspended.

NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Josh Wilde, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russell Fry, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Anthony Wilson, Lewis McMahon, Danny Emerton, Steve Gardner, Dean Lisles, Gregg Anderson, Tim Taylor, Louis Bruce

Season passes are not valid for this game. Everybody must pay at the gate. Admission charges are the usual £10 full price and £5 for the usual concessions.

Car parking will be available at North Ferriby Primary School from 12.30pm. Stewards will be on hand to direct drivers. There is a parking charge of £2 which will go to the School’s funds.

In recognition of finishing as Conference North runners-up and qualifying for the promotion play-offs, having wonderful runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and reaching the final of the East Riding Senior Cup, North Ferriby United have been shortlisted for the National Game
Awards 'Team of the Year 2013/14'. The award is run through the Non-League Paper. It  is voted for by supporters throughout the country. .  If local football fans would like to see Ferriby lift this award, please send your vote by email to:ngavotes@greenwayspublishing.com

The club also been nominated for the Conference League 'Pitch of the Year' 2013/14. Some of the top groundsmen from the Premier League will adjudicate this award.


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