Vanarama National League
Chester FC v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 29th November 2016
Ferriby travel to Cheshire on Tuesday when they take on Chester FC. The Villagers will travel with some confidence despite seeing their three game unbeaten run come to an end at Solihull on Saturday. Chester will be in buoyant mood after a good 3-0 win at big-spenders Eastleigh on Saturday.
The reverse fixture at Ferriby at the beginning of October saw Chester gain a 1-0 win in a close game that saw Ferriby fail to take their chances.
Chester are in 12th place with 32 points. They have scored 34 goals and conceded 26 in their league games this season. Tom Shaw and Elliott Durrell, a familiar name to Ferriby supporters, are their leading scorers. It will be another testing game for Ferriby’s defence.
Chester have drawn five of their last seven games so Ferriby will feel they have a chance of gaining something from the match.
Saturday’s defeat at Solihull was a bitter pill to swallow. Ferriby had chances to take at least a point from the game. They should have gone ahead early on but Kyle Wootton missed an open goal from close-range after good work by Danny Emerton.
Ferriby gave the ball away too often in the first-half and this finally led to Solihull opening the scoring.
Ferriby upped the tempo in the second-half and pushed Solihull back but could not just find a goal despite going close. The Villagers were finally undone when Moors had a big stroke of fortune. Ryan Fallowfield’s intended pass to Steve Brogan, who was in space to launch another attack, hit the referee and fell to two Solihull players who were in plenty of pace. The initial attack was blocked but with Ferriby still struggling to recover Askwasi Asanti powered home his second goal.
To compound Ferriby’s misery, Curtis Bateson was sent-off in the dying seconds of the game for receiving a second caution. Even the Solihull officials and supporters could not understand the decision. In all, there were nine cautions in a game that did not have one bad tackle.
Saturday’s defeat saw The Villagers drop back to the bottom of the table and they face a difficult battle if they are to move out of the relegation zone by the New Year. The game’s against York over the Christmas period could be crucial.
Housham was disappointed after Saturday’s game,
“It was a sloppy first-half from us. We conceded too much possession and found it hard to get forward regularly. We played better in the second-half. There was an improved tempo and our passing was better. The second goal was a kick in the teeth due to way it came about.
“Once again, we had some really good chances but failed to take them. They came at crucial stages of the game and could have made a big difference, especially Kyle’s early miss.”
Looking towards Tuesday’s game Housham commented,
“Chester have a reasonable record but they are in a run that has seen them draw a number of games. We know it will be tough in a big ground and in front of a large crowd. The boys have to respond to that.”
Housham may well juggle his small squad. Connor Oliver and Simon Russell are injured. Curtis Bateson is suspended after being sent–off on Saturday. Reece Thompson was a late omission on Saturday through illness and it is hoped he will have recovered. Loan-signing Levi Sutton will remain in the squad following his debut on Saturday. Assistant Manager Darryn Stamp came on as substitute for his Ferriby debut on Saturday. It may not be his last appearance.
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, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Levi Sutton