Ferriby to shuffle pack in cup ahead of title decider
NORTH Ferriby United manager Billy Heath wants his side to warm up for Saturday's league title decider against Hednesford with another clinical display at Eastwood in the Doodson Cup.
The trip to the Midlands on Saturday will be the Villagers' biggest match of the season against their nearest rivals for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title.
But Heath wants his side to continue their defence of the Doodson Cup with a win to show their rivals they are over their temporary dip in form.
Ferriby picked up just two points from a possible nine before back-to-back wins over Whitby and Stocksbridge to keep their treble hopes alive.
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They are still top of the table and through to the semi-finals of the East Riding County Senior Cup.
The Doodson Cup, which Ferriby won last season with a 4-1 win over Rushall Olympic, may not be top of Heath's priorities, but he wants a win to keep their momentum going.
"We have our edge back again," Heath told the Mail. "We weren't playing great for a couple of games but we are over that dip now.
"I wasn't worried by it because I knew we would get over it quickly.
"It wasn't anything to do with the players' effort or determination, we just didn't play well.
"There is a chance for the players coming into the squad tonight to earn a place in the squad for the Hednesford game.
"Therefore, it's important those players continue to do well when they get their chance, which they have done before."
With Liam King (hip) not expected to be risked, Louis Bruce and Louis Kirk are both expected to start tonight as Heath decides what is best for Saturday's game at Hednesford.
The Midlanders are second, six points behind Ferriby with three games in hand. A win on Saturday will be a step closer to the title for Ferriby, but Heath's mind is on Eastwood.
They may be bottom of the table, but Heath has seen signs in their play that they will make things tricky for his players tonight, if they underestimate the basement boys.
"They have been competitive in their last two games," he explained.
"Worksop only beat them 1-0 and for over an hour or so they were still in the game at Fylde.
"They are bottom of the table and have nothing to lose, and that's when sides are at their most dangerous.
"We know they like to attack, but by doing so, they leave gaps at the back.
"Their league position is precarious so this is their last chance of winning silverware for this season.
"The team I pick will be good enough to win the game and get us a step closer to the final."
Ferriby (from): Adam Nicklin; Gregg Anderson,Steve Gardner, Paul Robson, Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Ryan Williams, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall, Gary Bradshaw, Oliver Banks, Louis Kirk; Sam Belcher; Tim Taylor, Ruhandulca Ombeni, Louis Bruce