Dagenham & Redbridge v North Ferriby United
Saturday 17 September 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby will travel to Dagenham & Redbridge in good spirits on Saturday following The Villagers’ first away win and points at Gateshead on Tuesday.
As Manager Steve Housham commented,
“The ‘first away win’ is now behind is no longer on anyone’s mind now so there’s far less pressure against Dagenham & Redbridge.”
Ferriby deserved the win at Gateshead. After a run of four successive defeats and 430 minutes without a goal, it was a major relief when Reece Thompson netted the only goal of the game, and his first for the club, after 49 minutes.
Housham has been constantly telling his players of the need to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and they did just that against Gateshead.
A changed formation made life difficult for the home side and most of their efforts on goal came from distance. It is not really possible at this level to deny opponents any scoring opportunities and Rory Watson pulled-off a great save in the closing minutes to deny Gateshead an equaliser.
Dagenham are in 2ndplace in the Vanarama National League, a point behind leaders Lincoln City. The Daggers are unbeaten at home with four wins and a draw. They beat Dover at home on Tuesday. Their scoring record at home is nine for and two against.
They will obviously pose a major challenge for Ferriby but you could see the confidence returning to the players on Tuesday evening. They have never lost the spirit but confidence always takes something of a knock when you are not getting good results. To be fair, The Villagers have not been outplayed by most of their opponents this season and luck has not always been with them.
“The things that have gone against us didn’t [at Gateshead] and it felt like a change of fortune. The belief is now there for Saturday.”
It will be interesting to see if Housham keeps Tuesday’s formation which saw five at the back and three in midfield. Gateshead were denied width and they found it difficult to get past the middle three who closed down around the half-way line.
With Thompson and Conner Robinson working hard up-front, Gateshead’s defence was given a hard evening.
It was not only Gateshead’s players who were frustrated, so were their fans who vented their displeasure at their own team.
Curtis Bateson and Steve Brogan are injured and may not have recovered in time for Saturday’s trip.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Liam Slade, Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Middleton, Louis Bruce, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jordan Cooke, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson