Well well here we go again. Three games to go for Ferriby and we are top of the league just like last season. The similarities don’t end there because we are level on points with AFC Telford in second place, only our better goal difference is keeping us atthe top, the situation was exactly the same as last season when we were above Hednesford Town on goal difference. Who would have imagined this season would be so similar to last?
It has been a brilliant achievement for Ferriby to have reached this position with three games to go. I have heard some people murmuring things like “we would have taken the playoffs at the start of the season” whilst I agree with this statement with Ferriby top of the league with only 270 minutes left of the season we will all be disappointed if the Villagers do not go up as champions. If Ferriby win their last three games and are crowned champions it will be a truly magnificent achievement because a few years ago you would have been called mad if you had said Ferriby would reach the Conference Premier. It has been a season of new achievements for Billy Heath’s side. The 2-1 win away at the once mighty Stockport County was very satisfying. This was backed up with a fantastic FA trophy cup run that saw Ferriby demolish Woking and Lincoln city 4-0. The win at Sincil Bank will go down in Ferriby history because it was a historic day for the club. Whilst the cup run was fruitful the league campaign has been just as successful. There have been some sour moments, Telford and Barrow away spring to mind, but mostly the Skrill North campaign has been enjoyable and successful for the villagers.
I will now analyse the run in for Ferriby. We start with a home game against Harrogate Town which is likely to be an entertaining game that is likely to produce goals. Harrogate hammered Ferriby 5-0 back in August however the scoreline did flatter the West Yorkshire side. The advantage for Ferriby is that Harrogate have recently had a dip in form and now cannot make the playoffs meaning they have nothing to play for. I would expect Ferriby to pick up three points in this game.
Ferriby head to Boston United on Easter Monday in what will be a huge game. Boston will be a very tough opponent for Ferriby because they are still fighting to reach the playoffs. The Lincolnshire side sit just three points outside the playoffs so they will be keen to pick up points against Ferriby. It’s fair to say there is no love lost between the supporters of the two clubs so there should be a great atmosphere on Monday. I predict this will be Ferriby’s toughest assignment of the three final games.
Ferriby return to the Eon Visual Media stadium for the final game of the season against Brackley Town. At the time of writing Brackley sit 9 points outside the playoffs with three games to go so it is likely that when they visit Ferriby next Saturday they will have nothing to play for. This may help Ferriby however it is likely that it will be a very nervous atmosphere inside the ground which may mean the game isn’t much of a spectacle. Ferriby should win the game but you never know what part the last day nerves may play. If Ferriby get a win they need to win the league title all the nerves will be forgotten and hopefully the fans join the players on the pitch for a celebration of another fantastic season.
AFC Telford are Ferriby’s closest opponents in the chasing pack with the Bucks sitting in second place due to a lower goal difference than Ferriby. Telford are a big club with a large new ground and a huge fanbase so for Ferriby even to be competing with them is an achievement. Telford face Gloucester City, Solihull Moors and Gainsborough Trinity in their final three games. We can expect no favours from Gainsborough so it is down to Solihull and Gloucester to help Ferriby out. I think that Telford will win all three games and therefore Ferriby have to do the same to reach the Conference Premier.
Can Ferriby do it for a second season in a row? After witnessing the Villagers achieve history time and again in the last 2 seasons I think they can hold on and win the title. UP THE VILLAGERS!