Ferriby’s Wembley Trophy heroes now aiming to create another slice of history

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North Ferriby United will be looking to make history by reaching the first round of the FA Cup when they face Stalybridge Celtic today.

The Villagers have never played in the competition proper, but a 15-game unbeaten run going into the game suggests the FA Trophy holders have a good chance of altering that record.

Ferriby are expected to be without Wembley hero Ryan Kendall for the tie, along with strike partner Tom Denton, who is serving the last game of his four-match suspension.

However, manager Billy Heath admitted he has been impressed by his side’s displays without a centre-forward ahead of today’s “tough” test.

He said: “We are playing some great football at the moment without any strikers. Not having Tom (Denton) and Ryan (Kendall) has meant changing our style of play. It has also put more responsibility on other players to score goals and the way the players have responded has been magnificent.

“Stalybridge will present a tough challenge but we are in good form and are capable of getting through if we play to our ability.”

Heath’s assistant manager, Bobby Carroll, believes United can take inspiration from last season’s 
FA Trophy victory when they look to achieve another “dream” by reaching the first round.

Carroll said: “It’s an important game for everybody connected with the club. We all want to have the opportunity of playing a Football League club. Some may say that it’s a dream but so was the thought of winning the FA Trophy last season and we made that one come true.”

Central defender Danny Hone is unavailable for the tie.