Ferriby clinging to their title dream

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Chairman Les Hare insists North Ferriby United can overcome the odds and clinch the Skrill North title today.

The East Riding club go into their final-day fixture at home to Brackley sitting second in the table. Telford are a point ahead but due to having an inferior goal difference, North Ferriby know that if they can better the leaders’ result then the title – and automatic promotion – will be theirs.

Should Telford win, however, then United will have to settle for the play-offs.

“Telford will be favourites to go up but strange things happen in football,” said Hare, chairman at Church Road for the best part of two decades.

“But even if they do win (at home to Gainsborough), we need to win as well to guarantee second place.

“That would mean in the play-offs that if we got through the semi-finals, the final would be held at our ground as we would be the highest-placed team.”

Also hoping to reach the play-off final are Guiseley, who need a point from today’s home game with Gloucester City to extend their own season.

If the current standings are the same come 5pm, the Lions will face North Ferriby over two legs.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “Considering we were third bottom at one stage, it is a great achievement to be in this position.

“But now we have to get over the line and by that I mean win. If we do that, we will be very confident going into the play-offs.”