Stockport County v North Ferriby United
Saturday 23 November
Kick-off 3.00 pm
North Ferriby United’s visit to Stockport County on Saturday shows how fortunes can change in a relatively short period of time. Only 15 years ago supporters of both clubs would not have anticipated the two sides meeting in a league fixture. Ferriby were in the Northern Counties East Premier Division and County finished eighth in the Football League Division One (now the Championship). On Saturday, the two clubs meet on equal terms
Everybody connected with The Villagers is eagerly anticipating the trip to Edgeley Park. It provides a rare opportunity for Ferriby in a top quality ground.
County are in the lower reaches of the table and are having an inconsistent season. They have scored only four goals fewer than The villagers in the league but they have been struggling defensively and have conceded 28 times in their 15 games. They lost their midweek FA Trophy replay at home to Barrow and are now left with just the Skrill North to concentrate on.
Ferriby go in to the game in fourth place in the division and will be buoyed by Tuesday’s FA Trophy win over Stourbridge. The Villagers played some delightful football and ran-out deserved winners on the evening.
Manager Billy Heath will be hoping for a similar performance against Stockport. He commented.”Stourbridge came at us in the first 15 minutes but we weathered that and took control of the game. We were the only likely winners after we went two ahead. It was a good all-round performance by the team. The finishing was good and our approach play was effective. We defended well and limited their goal-scoring opportunities. We will not be overawed by Hyde in the next round. It’s another chance to compare ourselves with a Conference Premier side.
“The game at Stockport provides the players with a chance to play in a good setting and they will relish the opportunity.”
Heath should have a full squad to choose from apart from Dean Lisles and Mark Gray who are both injured. Danny Hone is suspended following his dismissal against Barrow.
NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson, Jonathan D’Laryea, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman, Ben Hunter, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall, Sam Belcher