Ferriby bring in Banks to bolster ranks for start of cup defence
NORTH Ferriby manager Billy Heath admits he will use the Doodson League Cup to see if his young players can be called upon in their league title run-in.
Ferriby are the cup holders after beating Rushall Olympic 4-1 after extra time last April, and start their defence at Sheffield tonight.
But Heath intends to use the match to see if his younger players can cope with the step up from reserve grade football to Evo-Stik Premier Division level.
He knows he may have to call on them later in the season when his side chase the league title, which remains their number one priority.
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And if tonight's game beats the weather, it's a great test for his fringe players to impress.
"I want to give a number of the young lads a chance to show me what they can do," Heath told the Mail.
"I want the game to go ahead because I don't want to re-arranged any more postponed games.
"Promotion has always been our goal right from day one, but the Doodson Cup is perfect for me to look at the younger players.
"Striker Ruhandluca Ombeni, centre half Louis Bruce and midfielder Louis Kirk will all start.
"I will also have three more youngsters on the bench.
"You never know what lies ahead and I may need to call on these players later in the season when games come thick and fast.
"We know the weather may turn worse and we could have a few more games called off.
"I really don't want to re-arrange any more matches."
Ferriby are four points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division but second-placed Hednesford have two games in hand.
With Ferriby's game at Whitby postponed on Saturday, Hednesford took advantage to close in at the top of the table with a 4-0 win at Worksop Town.
Heath has bolstered his squad with the signing of Scarborough winger Oliver Banks.
Banks, who scored both goals to defeat Bridlington in their Boxing Day derby, will make his debut tonight and Heath expects him to make an immediate impact.
"Olly is an exciting prospect," Heath said. "He takes players on and has a few tricks up his sleeve.
"He can play on either the left or the right.
"With a bit of luck, we might bring in another couple of players in the next week or so."
Dean Lisles is out after breaking his ankle in a car crash and Stevie Gardner is on loan at Frickley.
Ferriby (from): Antoni Pecora, Steve Ridley, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Rob Moy, Tim Taylor, Sam Belcher, Louis Bruce