Here’s our non-league guide by Pete Fleming
Once again we are on International Break week. A lot of fans view this as an inconvenience, though with Hull City’s recent form perhaps it is a welcome break! There are a number of local teams where it is still possible to get your football fix and just enjoy a game without all the just enjoy a game without all the accompanying baggage. Please note that all of these fixtures offer concessions and so are a good way of getting a cheap football fix for the whole family.
Games on Saturday 11 November
Step 5 Hall Road Rangers, who are 10th in the NCEL premier division have a FA Vase second round tie at home to Pontefract Collieries, who are 2nd in the same division and making a habit of scoring 5 goals a game. Manager Bill Gill will be looking for a good performance from the team who have made a decent start to the season following their promotion as last season’s division 1 champions and are taking on the side promoted in second place in a game likely to have goals. Rangers are in good form having comprehensively beating Worksop Town 4-0 last Saturday (4 November). Haworth Park is down Dawson Drive off Beverley Road (HU6 7DY)and admission is £5 (concessions £2.50).
Step 2 North Ferriby United, who are bottom of National League North, are at home to one of the great historic names of Yorkshire football, Bradford Park Avenue who 10th in the table. This is likely to be a difficult game for the Villagers who have just started to show a slight improvement in form which is needed to lift them off the bottom. The Eon Media Stadium will be familiar to many City supporters and is down Church Road in North Ferriby and admission is £12 (concessions £6 for students and OAPs, £4 under 16s and free for under 12s with adults).
Step 6 East Yorkshire Carnegie, who gained promotion last season from the Humber Premier League take on a good Grimsby Borough side at Dunswell Park in Dunswell (HU6 0AA) (probably better known as Dene Park) in Dunswell. Grimsby, who were unlucky not to be promoted last season in the play off, are currently 4th in the league and will be a tough test for Jonny Ricardo’s men who are in 13th. Admission is adults £5 and concessions £3.
Step 5 Barton Town travel up to Pickering for their match this weekend. Pickering, who are 4th and were well fancied for promotion, will be looking for maximum points against Dave Ricardo’s side that are in 20th spot and undergoing a period of change under new management. Pickering’s ground is off Mill Lane, Malton Rd (YO18 7DB) and admission is adults £5 and concessions £3.
Further afield, Dan Batty and Josh Clackstone, who are on loan from the City development squad, are likely to be on the team sheet as step 1 National League side FC Halifax Town take on Woking FC at the Shay (HX1 2YS). Admission is adults £18, concessions (Over 65’s and Students with ID) £15, U16’s £5 and U7’s £3.
Games on Tuesday 14 November
Step 5 Hall Road Rangers are at home to Liversedge in the league. Dean Windass will be a special guest at this match and will be on hand for a chat and to sign autographs. (Ground details as above).
Step 5 Barton Town take on bottom of the league Clipstone who have yet to register a point. Clipstone’s recent form isn’t as bad as results would suggest but a lot will rest on the form of 17 year old keeper Levi Owen who has been getting rave reviews. The Easy Buy Stadium is down Marsh Lane (further down from the cricket ground) in Barton-on-Humber and admission is £5 (concessions £3.00).
Step 5 Bridlington Town take on free scoring Pontefract Collieries in the league. Curtis Woodhouse will not be happy with the position of his side that are currently 9th, and will be looking for improvement even though the goal of promotion this season is unlikely. The Hudgell Solicitors Stadium is down Queensgate (YO16 7LN) and admission is adults £6 and concessions £3.