Gainsborough Trinity v North Ferriby United
Vanarama National League North
Monday 28 August 2017
Ferriby play the second of their two Bank Holiday weekend fixtures when they travel to Gainsborough Trinity on Monday.
It will be a return to his former club for Villagers’ manager Steve Housham,
“Going back with Ferriby will be a slightly strange feeling. I’m a Gainsborough lad and still live in the town. However, there is no room for sentiment. I’m Ferriby’s manager and I’m looking for a win!”
There is quite an intense rivalry between the two clubs and The Gainsborough Martin & Co Arena can be quite an intimidating venue at times.
Gainsborough go in to the game on the back of a 0-1 defeat at Stockport County on Saturday.
Trinity have started their season slowly with one victory and five defeats in their first six games. They low next-to-bottom of The Vanarama National League North, one point and one place below Ferriby.
Ferriby will travel with some confidence on Monday. Despite taking a first-half battering on Saturday, the team re-grouped in the second-half to claim a well-deserved point. Housham was big enough to admit that he got the first-half tactics wrong. He introduced Curtis Bateson at the beginning of the second-half and this gave Ferriby more width and penetration. Suddenly, Darlington found they had far less space to attack and were forced to defend.
“The loss of Steve Brogan through injury meant we went in to the game without a truly recognised left-sided defender. Also, the early injury to Russ [Fry] meant we had to re-organise.
“I couldn’t fault any of my players in the second-half. They all played for the team and put their bodies on the line.
“We need to play a full 90 minutes, just like we did at Blyth and like we did in the second-half on Saturday.
“Gainsborough may be struggling and we have to capitalise on that. The longer we can frustrate them, the more we have a chance of taking something from the game. A win could lift us some way up the table and that should be a big incentive for the players.”
Ferriby will be without Eddie Rogerson who is still injured. Russ Fry is unlikely to play after sustaining a hamstring injury early in the first-half against Darlington. Danny Emerton and Steve Brogan are doubtful after missing Saturday’s game. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Kojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis