Worcester City v NFU (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
Worcester City v  NFU
at Kidderminster Harriers FC

Saturday 30 January 2016
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

Second-placed Ferriby travel to relegation-threatened Worcester City on Saturday. The game will be at Kidderminster Harriers FC where Worcester ground-share. This will be the first meeting of the two sides this season.

Worcester are three points above the relegation zone and will be desperate for at least a point on Saturday. They have one of the lowest goals for record in the division but have conceded just 35 goals and are hard to break down. They have lost six of their home league games, drawing two and losing the other four. They have scored 17 goals and conceded 18.

The bottom nine clubs are separated by just seven points and Worcester will be as desperate for the points as Ferriby. Worcester had a boost last Saturday with a surprising 3-2 victory at Ferriby’s promotion rivals AFC Fylde. This result, and Brackley’s performance against Ferriby, shows how difficult it is to win games in the Vanarama National League North. Billy Heath’s side will certainly not be taking Worcester lightly.

The Villagers have the highest-scoring attack in the Vanarama National League with 57 goals in their 26 games. They also have three players in the top scorers list. Liam King is second in the goal-scoring charts with 13 goals, followed by Tom Denton (12 goals) and Curtis Bateson (10 goals). With other players regularly chipping-in with goals, Ferriby are a difficult to defend against.

Ferriby deserved their win over Brackley last Saturday but they were made to work hard for the victory. Once again, The Villagers displayed some clinical finishing through Tom Denton and Danny Clarke. Ferriby’s defence has also been a keystone of this season’s form with 10 clean sheets in league games.

The promotion race is pretty much a six-horse race. Solihull’s  hammering by rivals Harrogate Town last Saturday means that Moors are now only one point  ahead  of Ferriby. Boston are third, one point behind The Villagers. Following the top three are The other current contenders are AFC Fylde, and Nuneaton who are all on 46 points. The Villagers have the best goal-difference (+28) in the division and this could be vital in deciding final league positions.

Ferriby Manager Billy Heath comments,

“It was a good win last Saturday even though we were not at our best. I don’t think that we were helped by having the previous Saturday’s game postponed..

“Last weekend’s results showed that there are no easy games in this division. Most clubs still have something to play for. The likes of Tamworth, Curzon and Stockport have dropped behind the top six but they will be looking for a good run in the hope that one or more of the top clubs has a major dip in form.

“Worcester obviously need the points on Saturday and it will be another difficult game.”

Ben Middleton returns after a one game suspension. For the first time in months, Heath will have the luxury of a full squad to choose from.

NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte

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