Uncertain future for North Ferriby Utd

It's reported that North Ferriby Utd could be forced into voluntary relegation just weeks after winning the FA Trophy. Defender Nathan Peat tweeted that the club was being relegated "one, maybe two leagues."

North Ferriby United celebrate their victory with the trophy Credit: PA

North Ferriby is owned by Steve and Eman Forster, the daughter and son-in-law of Hull City owner Assem Allam.

The club has issued a statement saying it is looking to "build on strong foundations going forward" but it did not address Peat's claims.

The last 2 years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced. This injection has allowed the focus at the club to be on the quality of its football and resulted in North Ferriby United being 2nd last year, in the Conference North League, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to the Conference Premier and of course winning the F A Trophy at Wembley this year. An absolutely magnificent time and these achievements will be part of the club's history for ever.

However, the commerciality and fan base have not matched the success nor have they matched the above mentioned funding. The club is totally reliant on the continued injection of monies from Steve and Eman Forster, even after the success at Wembley.

With this realisation, the club’s only way forward for 2015/2016 is to trade within its own means and build on strong foundations going forward. The owners will endeavour to achieve this, in the hope that the recent success at Wembley and the high profile will encourage others to become involved with the club.

The Forsters have enjoyed their 2 years at North Ferriby United and will continue with the club until they can transfer to new owners. Contrary to comments already made there is no money being pulled out of the club, in fact the opposite is the case, more money has to be put in by the Forsters to ensure the club’s continued survival.

– Club statement from the owners