Ferriby boss says promotion hopes are the best ever
NORTH Ferriby manager Billy Heath insists his side will never have a better opportunity to win promotion to Conference North.
The Villagers start 2013 seven points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier League but they have played three games more than their nearest rivals Hednesford.
Heath has told his players to make the most of the good work done in the first half of the season.
"We need to grasp this opportunity," Heath told the Mail.
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"We'll never get a better chance to get promoted than this season.
"Starting the new year seven points clear is a great position to be in.
"I know teams below us have games in hand, but I'd rather have the points on the board.
"Christmas couldn't have gone any better for us with three wins.
"There weren't many teams that got to play three times but we are glad we did."
After taking one point from a possible nine, Heath's side responded in the best way possible with maximum points from their festive fixtures, including a 3-2 Boxing Day win at Heath's former club Frickley.
Coming up next are four clashes against sides in the bottom seven of the table.
Heath feels 12 points, starting with a home game against third from bottom Kendal on Saturday, will take them a step closer to the title and a place in Conference North for the first time in their history.
"The next few league games is a chance for us to pile on the pressure," Heath said.
"If we want to stay up at the top these are games we should be winning.
"I'm looking at taking 12 points from the next four matches and if we can do that, we'll be in a great position.
"Teams below us all have to play each other so they will be dropping points one way or the other. We had to get over our blip as soon as we could and we did at Frickley.
"That was a massive match for us and we did well to win it.
"If that game had gone the other way, we could have been facing a lot more pressure.
"Winning our next three is down to the players who have been superb all over Christmas at a time when it could have been easy to let their standards slip."
Heath confirmed defender Ben Hunter has left the club in search of more regular football.
"Ben wanted to play regularly," Heath said.
"But I can't offer that to any of our players.
"Ben did a great job for us and I hope he does well because he is a really good bloke."