North Ferriby VS St Helens Town FC
The season starts in earnest for North Ferriby on Saturday when they entertain St HelensTown in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. This will be the first time the two sides have met in a competitive fixture in any competition.
The tie was originally set to be played at Town’s home ground of Ruskin Drive but due to the dressing rooms unable to be utilised the tie was switched to the Dransfield Stadium. This game has been set to all ticket and will kick off at 3 p.m.
Manager Chris Bolder takes his side into this cuptie after a 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Borough last Saturday. However this could have come at a good time as the defeat as it will fire up the players ahead of an important game.
“It was perfect timing to be honest as the players have been able to air a few frustrations they had and now we can look forward to the cup game,” said Bolder.
“We don’t know much about them (St Helens) as there is little or no video footage of them but we are aware they are a strong outfit in their league. They will be a traditional team from that area so they will be tenacious but for us it is all about what we do on the day.
“It’s good we have been able to have the tie reversed as with any cup game you always want a home tie and for us to play on the great surface we are used to. Home advantage is always key to any game so we will be making the most of it.
“As a club we are in a strong position and have a strong community base around us which sees us go into every game to be successful. This is a prestigious game being an FA competition so we will be applying ourselves to win and get through to the next round.”
Bolder goes into the tie with an almost fully fit squad with the only notable absentees being Leigh Hutchinson and Jason Mycoe. The manager has plenty of options at his disposal in what will be a competitive cup tie.
St Helens play in the North West Counties League Division One North and in recent weeks have played two FA Cup games. They drew 1-1 after 90 minutes against Cammell Laird before winning 5-4 on penalties before they lost 3-0 at Mossley last weekend.
Supporters are reminded this game is all ticket with adults £5 and £3 concessions and can be purchased by going onto the clubs shop website www.nffcclubshop.co.uk .