Good luck to North Ferriby United today at Wembley

fa trophyWembley here we come

So it is to Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the FA Trophy Final and the biggest game in Ferriby’s history. For many of those associated with Ferriby, it probably did not really sink in until last Saturday after the game at Brackley. As Manager Billy Heath said, “Now that’s out of the way, the next game is at Wembley!”

Former Football League Wrexham stands between The Villagers and glory. The Welsh club is celebrating its 150th season but Ferriby will be determined to rain on their party. Indeed, The Villagers will be looking for a celebration of their own as the Final is Billy Heath and Mark Carroll’s 700th game as a managerial team.

Ferriby go in to the game with just two defeats in the last 18 games. The team has been playing with confidence, especially in recent weeks and they have been getting close to their normal flair and ability.

With only eight league defeats, The Villagers have shown that they are a difficult side to beat. The players have a wonderful spirit and attitude to the game and have developed a knack of scoring late goals. They refuse to give-up even if things are not quite happening on the pitch, as sometimes happens to the best of teams.

Many will think that Wrexham’s full-time professionals will have the edge over part-time Ferriby. However, that would be to underestimate the professionalism that runs through not only the team but also through the whole club. The Final is a moment to be savoured by all those connected with the club.

As central defender Gregg Anderson commented, “This is why you play football. This is why you graft all the way through the week, train Tuesday, train Thursday and play Saturday.

“Forty weeks of the year your life is dedicated to non-league football. This is probably the biggest reward a player can get.”

The final pre-match training session will be at West Ham United’s training ground on Saturday morning. As Chairman Les Hare says, “It’s a nice piece of reciprocation as West ham trained at our ground prior to a recent game against Hull City.”

Heath commented, “There will be nobody prouder than me when I lead out the team on Sunday. I enjoyed playing for this club and to be able to manage it in a Wembley Final is just unbelievable.

NFU from: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Nathan Peat, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Liam King, Jon D’Laryea, Russ Fry, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall, Jason St Juste, Danny Clarke, Tim Taylor

North Ferriby United vs Wrexham
FA Trophy Final
Sunday 29 March – kick-off 1.30pm
Wembley Stadium

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