North Ferriby are on the verge of reaching the Conference for the first time in their history

Club chairman Les Hare

North Ferriby United are on the brink of history as they push for successive promotions which could take them to the Football Conference.

They are the highest ranked village team in English football but they won't let that stop them playing with the big boys.

With a stadium capacity of 2,700 and a population of just a few hundred more, The Villagers are one game away from promotion out of Conference North, just 12 months after coming up from the Northern Premier League.

Victory against Brackley this weekend could see them reach the fifth tier of English football, if other results in the league go their way.

The challenge of playing against former League teams like Kidderminster Harriers, Wrexham and Chester is one that is relished by the club chairman Les Hale and manager Billy Heath.

Should Halifax or Grimsby fail in their bid for promotion to League Two, North Ferriby could be in for some local derby action against the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire clubs.

Chairman Les Hale has led the club for over twenty years, overseeing a rise through the leagues.

Club chairman Les Hare

A 2-0 defeat to Telford pushed his team down to second place, but Les is confident the team can do the business this weekend against Brackley.

Now on the verge of another promotion he is realistic about his team's chances of reaching the Football League:

Current manager Billy Heath has seen it all at the Grange Lane ground. He once played for the club and is now back as boss, transforming the team from relegation battlers to promotion contenders.

Heath told Chris Dawkes he's as confident as his chairman is of taking his team to another promotion and said they are looking forward to testing themselves at a higher level:

The enthusiasm of chairman and manager hasn't been lost on the players either.

Despite being part-time, the team's commitment to the club has been reflected in their success on the field. Promotion to the Conference would pit them against teams with much better finances, players on higher wages and some former football league players.

They will be hoping to avoid a repeat of Hyde's form this season - the Lancashire club have won just once and will be relegated from the Conference. North Ferriby's players know they will be up against it next season, but the club's close-knit atmosphere keep spirits high and there is no limit to their ambition.