Vanarama National League
Barrow v North Ferriby United
Monday 17 April 2017
Ferriby make the long trip to Cumbria on Easter Monday. It is the second of their two games over the Easter weekend.
The Villagers will be hoping to build on Saturday’s fine performance which technically kept alive the side’s hope of avoiding relegation. Ferriby could make u the points difference by winning their final three games but with a vastly inferior goal difference compared to the teams above them there would need to be some amazing score-lines if The Villagers are to avoid the inevitable drop.
That does not mean the side will be giving up the fight. They proved that on Saturday against Eastleigh with a thoroughly deserved victory against a big-spending side that was expected to be challenging for promotion this season.
Ferriby’s season has been one of making little targets such as away wins, doubles over opponents. Saturday saw another one in that they are not the first club in the Vanarama National League to have relegation confirmed. That “honour” has gone to Southport.
Manager Steve Housham commented,
“Saturday’s win was massive. We did not want to be relegated in front of our own fantastic supporters and we did not want to be the first time to be confirmed as relegated.”
That comment is not a lack of ambition from Housham not a lack of ambition from Housham but a realistic appraisal of what was likely to happen this season. There are three games left to play this season and very few people expected to Ferriby off the bottom of the table at this stage. That they not is a tremendous tribute to the effort and commitment put in by Husham, Darryn Stamp and the players.
Ferriby lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at The Eon Visual Media Stadium in August.. It was another narrow defeat and they have epitomised Ferriby’s season.
Barrow are chasing a play-off spot and will be eager to take the points on Monday. Anything less than a win for Ferriby will see relegation confirmed.
The Bluebirds have a good home record with just two defeats. That may not be too daunting for Ferriby as they travelled to Forest Green who had a similar record and won. That is the belief that is in this Ferriby team.
Barrow’s main goal threats come from Byron Harrison and Richard Bennett who have 35 goals between them in the league. The side took a heavy defeat at Bromley on Good Friday and will be looking to make amends for that.
Saturday’s win for Ferriby was a big boost and it was the performance that Housham had wanted for the supporters. Robbie Tinkler had put Ferriby ahead in the first-half but Ross Stearn’s equaliser 13 minutes from time seemed to have sent Ferriby down. However, they raised their game once more and a superb goal involving Ryan Fallowfield and Sam Topliss endedwith Reece Thompson scoring the winner.
Looking towards Monday’s game, Housham commented,
“We have to take Saturday’s form into the Barrow game. The players need to go and out enjoy the game.
“we want a good finish to the season, to get as many points as possible and to avoid finishing bottom. Even at this stage we have to set some goals.
“Barrow is never an easy place to go to and Saturday’s defeat will have hurt them, especially as they need points ig they are to reach the play-offs. Their manager will be expecting a big response from them.
Housham will be without Ryan Kendall, Ross Armstrong, Simon Russell, Steve Brogan and Curtis Bateson.
Ferriby from: Owen Evans, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Ryan Fallowfield, Connor Oliver, Danny Emerton, Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon, Tom Bolton, Kojo Kyei, George Bell
The home fixture with Aldershot on 22 April will now kick-off at the originally planned time of 3pm. This is on instructions from The Vanarama National League.