Buildbase FA Trophy First Round
Alfreton Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 10 December 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to Alfreton Town in The Buildbase FA Trophy First Round.
For some of Ferriby’s players and club officials and the fans it will stir memories of a memorable victory at Wembley in March 2015. Nobody is expecting The Villagers to repeat that victory but it is not unknown for teams that are struggling in the league to have a good cup run.
Alfreton are in The Vanarama National League North and will provide a tough test for Ferriby. The Villagers will probably go in to the game as marginal favourites but Alfreton will be sure to raise their game.
Alfreton are in 16th place and could be drawn in to a relegation battle. There has certainly been no lack of goals in their games this season. They have scored 41 goals and conceded 52. Their leading scorers in the league are Sam Jones with 13 and Dan Bradley with 9.
Alfreton’s home form has been mixed with three wins, two draws and four defeats. The villagers will certainly travel with the feeling that they can get a result.
Alfreton entered this season’s Buildbase FA Trophy in the last round. They needed a replay and extra-time to defeat Gainsborough Trinity. Last Saturday, Alfreton lost 4-1 at Nuneaton Town in a league game.
Ferriby showed tremendous resilience in the second-half against Gateshead last Saturday. The Villagers had their backs to the wall for virtually the whole of the second-half but defended tremendously. For all their pressure, Gateshead only forced Rory Watson in to three saves in the whole game. Indeed, Gateshead’s keeper had more saves to make.
Saturday’s victory saw Ferriby move off the bottom of the table and they are now in a position where good results over Christmas could see them move out of the relegation zone. But for now, it is the Trophy that matters.
Housham was upbeat after the win last Saturday,
“It was another massive result for us and to do the double over a national League side like Gateshead is credit to the players and the club. In the first-half we culd have been a few goals ahead. The lads looked solid and really confident on the ball. We rode our luck in the second-half bit I’m delighted with the win.
“I’m happy to be off the bottom of the league but if we want to stay at this level we need ten wins to survive – roughly two a month!”
Looking towards Saturday’s game Housham commented,
“We want to go and win at Alfreton on Saturday.. I’ve not decided on who’s playing but I’ll be selecting the right team to let us go far in this competition. We have to be wary of their threat. They showed great fitness to overturn Gainsborough. I’ve told the lads that we are only five games away from Wembley. I like the cup, it keeps the season going. This year has to be fun and enjoyable.”
Housham’s comment about this year being “fun and enjoyable” is echoed throughout the club. Everybody is determined to enjoy the season whatever the results. It’s a chance to play at the highest level of non-league football and to face new opponents. The Villagers are certainly making friends with their attitude on and off the pitch and with the hospitality that visiting clubs and supporters receive at The Eon Visual Media Stadium. Football is, obviously about results but perhaps it is also about something more.
Striker Vinny Mukendi has left the club. Vinny has struggled to find a place in Steve Housham’s team and his hoping to find regular football elsewhere. Everybody at the club wishes him well
With the exception of Mukendi, Simon Russell, and, possibly Ryan Fallowfield who suffered a groin injury against Gateshead, Housham should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Levi Sutton
The Vanarama National League game at home to York City on Boxing Day will kick-off at 12.30. The game is NOT all ticket and usual admission prices will apply.