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North Ferriby off to Wembley!

Fans invade the pitch after North Ferriby's dramatic penalty shoot out victory. Credit: ITV News

North Ferriby United are going to Wembley, but only after putting their fans through the mill in the most dramatic of cup ties.

The Conference North side had to come from behind in a thrilling FA Trophy semi-final second leg against Bath City. The match finished 1-1, leaving the aggregate scores tied at 3-3.

But goalkeeper Adam Nicklin was North Ferriby's hero, as he saved twice in a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win.

They'll now face Conference side Wrexham, who booked their place in the Wembley final by beating Torquay United 3-0 yesterday, 5-1 on aggregate. Wrexham will go into the game on Sunday March 29 as firm favourites.

It'll be North Ferriby's second appearance at Wembley. In 1997 the Villagers lost to Whitby Town in the final of the FA Vase.

Villagers hold out promotion hopes after first leg slip up

North Ferriby United will retain their status as English football's highest ranked village regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game against Guiseley.

VIllagers train for promotion clashes

That will not be enough for the Villagers though, as they push for promotion to the Football Conference.

A strong season took them to the Northern Conference play offs, but a 2-0 first leg defeat away to Yorkshire rivals Guiseley leaves them with work to do if they are to maintain their promotion push.

The return leg at North Ferriby kicks off at 3 o'clock on Saturday and manager Billy Heath will be hoping for a positive performance.

A United win would set up a final against Altrincham or Hednesford Town who drew 2-2 in their first leg game.

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Housing developers say North Ferriby site is good for the region

The developers behind plans for hundreds of new homes near North Ferriby say the project would be good for the region. A public inquiry is underway after a planning application was turned down earlier in the year.

St. Modwen lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate following East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s decision to turn down our outline planning application for good quality family homes at Melton, in May this year.

We remain convinced that our proposals for a residential development represent the most viable option for this site and for the region as a whole. It is now a matter for the Planning Inspectorate and for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

– Richard Bannister, Development Manager at St. Modwen

Inquiry starts into North Ferriby homes plans

The public inquiry into building homes near North Ferriby has begun

A public inquiry has opened in to whether developers St Modwen should be allowed to build 510 homes near North Ferriby. Around 1,400 households objected to the scheme, which was refused planning consent by East Riding Council in May, prompting the developers to launch an appeal.

The outcome of the public inquiry will be sent to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for the final say.

Campaigners against the plans attend the inquiry in red shirts
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