NFU v Stalybridge Celtic (FAC 4QR)

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying Replay
NFU v Stalybridge Celtic

Wednesday  28 October 2015
 Kick-off 7.45 pm

Ferriby face a tricky FA Cup replay on Wednesday when Stalybridge Celtic in visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying. The Villagers will be looking to make club history by winning the game and reaching the First Round Proper for the first time.

The winners will travel to League One Doncaster Rovers. The draw is a big incentive for The Villagers as it gives them the opportunity to take on a relatively local Football league side.

There was big disappointment after Saturday’s draw at Bower Fold. Ferriby were the better team through-out the match and should have won. They hit the post, had a goal disallowed and were denied what appeared to be a blatant penalty.

Celtic had only one on-target shot and that was their equalising goal in the dying seconds. The Villagers will be looking to win on Wednesday and create another piece of club history. Ferriby go in to this game with a 16 game unbeaten run behind them. The Club has achieved so much over the years but a First Round Proper place has always eluded them.

The FA Cup is an important competition for the players and the club. For the club, it is an opportunity to gain additional income through the extra matches and from prize money for winning. It is an also an opportunity to gain recognition outside the local area and to generally raise awareness of the club. For the players, it is an opportunity to perform on a national stage with the hope of reaching at least the First Round Proper where there is the possibility of playing a League One or Two club.

Stalybridge  have reached this stage by beating Kendal Town 3-2 away and Chasetown 2-0 at home after a 1-1 draw. The Villager have beaten Newton Aycliffe in a replay and Nuneaton Town. Stalybridge will probably start as favourites as they have home advantage but Ferriby will not be daunted by playing away.

Manager Billy Heath commented,

“We did enough to win the game on Saturday and we certainly deserved to. It was cruel to concede the equaliser in the dying seconds. We were the better team on Saturday. We need to be the same on Wednesday and make sure that we finish the job.

“Conceding so late will be a big incentive for our players to go for the win that they feel they should have had on Saturday.

“Being drawn against Doncaster is great. It is a local derby against a League One club. However, we mustn’t get carried away because we need to beat Stalybridge first and we must focus on that.”

Assistant manager Mark Carroll says motivating the players ahead of their replay will be easy.

"Motivation tomorrow night will be easy as the players will want to play against league players," Carroll told the Mail.

"We have to beat Stalybridge tomorrow night, first and foremost. If we do, a home tie would have been nice, but we're not getting ahead of ourselves.”.

Heath will have some thinking to do about his team selection. Strikers Ryan Kendall and Tom Denton are now available for selection for the first time in four games. Midfielder Nathan Hotte and central defender Danny Hone are unavailable through injury

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

Admission prices are £12, £6 concessions and £3 for under 16s. Everybody must pay.

The game is being played on Wednesday to avoid clashing with Hull City’s League Cup fixture on Tuesday.

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