North Ferriby aiming to consolidate at top
TABLE-topping North Ferriby travel to mid-table Stafford Rangers tomorrow looking to consolidate their five-point advantage at the top of the EvoStik Premier League.
Going into the game on the back of four straight league wins, Ferriby will be the overwhelming favourites against a side which has drawn six of its 11 matches.
But the Villagers gave a Jekyll and Hyde performance in their 3-2 midweek win over Grantham Town, as a poor first half saw Ferriby go 2-0 down before storming back for victory.
Manager Billy Heath was obviously disappointed with the first-half display, but could not fault his side's determination and spirit in the second half, particularly following the introduction of influential midfielder Russell Fry.
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Having inspired his side with a goal and had a hand in the other two, Fry will be hopeful of stepping up from the substitutes' bench to gain a start.
Striker Gary Bradshaw is serving a one-match suspension, but probably would not have played anyway as he received a neck injury against Grantham.
Skipper Paul Foot is also unavailable due to a dead leg injury, described by Heath as one of the worst he has seen.
However, with the club's fortunes clearly heading in the right direction, chairman Les Hare is pleased by the start to the campaign.
"We are second highest scorers in the division and have the meanest defence with only 10 league goals conceded," he said.
"But there is a feeling at the club that the best is still to come from the team.
"Stafford will prove a challenge on their own Marston Road pitch, but on current form we fancy our chances of beating anyone.
"We will go there looking to win and hopefully we can build on the results we've achieved so far."
Ferriby (from): Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Steve Gardner, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Mark Gray, Jack Muldoon, Liam King, Ryan Kendall, Chris Bolder, Ben Hunter, Ryan Williams, Steve Ridley