Preview: North Ferriby United v Harriers
April 21, 2018

Preview: North Ferriby United v Harriers

This afternoon Harriers make their first-ever visit to North Ferriby for their final away league game of the season.

Having sealed their place in the play-offs after last weekend's win over Tamworth Harriers can guarantee themselves fourth place this afternoon with another win.  With Brackley having lost their last two games, though, third place is still open to Harriers if they can win both of their games and hope that Brackley get no more than one point from their final three.

Harriers will have an unchanged squad from the one that drew with Spennymoor at Harrogate in midweek; Joel Taylor returned to the side in that game leaving just Dan Bradley and James Pearson on the treatment table.  Taylor yesterday committed himself to the club for another season, signing a contract extension until the summer of 2019.

North Ferriby have had a season to forget; in the bottom two for the whole season they hit last place at the start of September and have been there ever since and were the first team to be relegated.  All season long they have won just three games, including two against Blyth Spartans.  Their last three games have all ended in defeat, conceding eight goals in the process.  Scoring goals has been a problem for them all season, they have failed to find the net in 23 times.

Earlier this season Harriers won the only previous meeting of the clubs 4-0, with goals from Joe Ironside, Ryan Croasdale - twice - and Elton Ngwatala.

I expect Harriers to line-up (4-3-3): Hall; L. Vaughan, Taylor, O'Connor, Horsfall; Weeks, McQuilkin, Croasdale; Sonupé, Ironside, Ngwatala.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Digie, Palmer, Truslove, N. Vaughan, Waring.
Missing (injured): Bradley, Pearson.
Missing (dual-reg): Finch, Webb.

This afternoon's referee will be Samuel Barrot from West Riding.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 3-0 win at southport earlier in the season.

The weather on the banks of the Humber this afternoon is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 17°C and no chance of rain.