Character behind good Ferriby run
NORTH Ferriby United manager Billy Heath has called on his players to show the same character tonight against Whitby Town as they did in the 4-2 win at Kendal.
Stuck on their coach for five hours as they waited for the M6 to re-open following an accident, Ferriby didn't let the travel chaos ruin their five-game winning run.
Looking for a sixth victory tonight at home to Whitby Town, Heath knows they will get it if they show the same spirit.
"The character in the group is fantastic," he told the Mail. "Being stuck on a coach for five hours wasn't the best preparation for Saturday's game, but the players didn't let it bother them.
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"There wasn't much we could have done about it and Kendal and the referee were great about the situation.
"Kendal themselves were waiting on three or four of their players to get through the traffic jam.
"Usually when you have disruptions like that, the referee gives you 15 minutes and you're expected to play. But we got there at 3.30pm and kicked off at 4.30pm."
The win lifted Ferriby to sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Rushall Olympic, who Ferriby beat 3-0 earlier this month.
Satisfied with the start his side have made to the season, Heath admits he is a point behind his own target.
"It's been a decent start," he said. "The target is to get an average of two points per game and we are a point behind that.
"We have played seven games and we are on 13 points, after taking just one point from our first three.
"But I knew once we got our first win, we'd be up and running.
"More importantly, we are scoring goals when we are enjoying good spells."
After tonight, Ferriby take a break from the league for an FA Cup tie with Ossett Town at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and a trip to Frickley in the FA Trophy.
Heath wishes the break could wait as he looks to capitalise on his side's good league run.
"With the form we're in, I'd like to be playing a few more league games," he added.
"But we have to make sure we take that good form into the two cup matches.
"The cup games are important but right now, the most important one is tonight's against Whitby Town."
Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Paul Foot, Gregg Anderson, Gary Bradshaw, Russell Fry, Lee Morris, Danny Clarke, Mark Gray, Jack Muldoon, Liam King, Ryan Kendall, Timothy Taylor Chris Bolder, Ben Hunter, Ryan Williams, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley, Lee Morris, Danny Clarke.