NFU v Nuneaton Town (FAC 3Q)

FA Cup Third Round Qualifying

North Ferriby United v Nuneaton Town  

Saturday 10 October 2015
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

Ferriby return to FA Cup action on Saturday when Nuneaton Town visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium for a Third Round Qualifying tie.

The two clubs have never met before though are now playing in the same league for the first time following Nuneaton’s relegation from  the National League last season.

The clubs had contrasting fortunes last weekend in national League North. The villagers produced one of their best performances for many years to outclass Corby Town whilst Nuneaton lost  3-1 at home to Boston United.

On league form, there is little to choose between the two sides. Nuneaton are in fifth place, two points and one position above Ferriby. Defensively, there appears little to choose between the two but Ferriby are the division’s top scorers.

League form, of course, means nothing in cup ties and Saturday is not going to be any exception. The FA Cup is important for various reasons. A good run can bring in significant prize money, raise the profile of a club and provides excitement and anticipation for the fans.

In the last round, Ferriby disposed of Newton Aycliffe in a replay and Nuneaton beat Northern premier League side Halesowen. The Villagers go in to this game on the back of a 13 game unbeaten run and will be determined to extend this and gain a place in the final qualifying round.

Ferriby probably surprised many with their 5-0 demolition of Corby last Saturday. The Villagers went in  to the game without a recognised striker. However, they dominated their visitors from start to finish and Corby had no answer to a magnificent team performance.

Manager Billy Heath commented,

“The Corby game was a superb all-round team performance. We scored five and could have a few more. We defended well and barely allowed them an opportunity. The midfield controlled the game and our strikers ran their defence all over the place.

“Nuneaton will be difficult to break down and we will need to be patient. As well as we played against Corby, we have to put that behind us and focus on winning on Saturday.

“The Cup is important to the players, the fans and to everybody connected with the club. For clubs at our level the hope is a to reach the competition proper and get a game against a league club. However, that possibility is still two game s away so for now it is time to concentrate on Saturday’s match.”
Ferriby  will still be without a recognised striker against Nuneaton. Ryan Kendall is still injured and Tom Denton sits out the second of a three game for his sending-off at Telford. Also missing is central defender Danny Hone. It will be interesting to see if Heath sticks with the same line-up as last Saturday.

NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Jamie Forrester,  Ben Middleton, Ross Armstrong

If the game is drawn, the replay will be at Nuneaton on Tuesday 13th October with a 7.45 kick-off.

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