Lincoln City v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 9 August 2016
Kick-off: 7.45 pm
Ferriby travel to Lincoln on Tuesday for their first away game in The National League. The Villagers got off to a creditable start on Saturday with a draw at home to Braintree Town. They would be happy to come away from Lincoln with a point.
Ferriby had few scoring opportunities against Braintree who carried more threat throughout the game, especially in the second-half. The Villagers concede 13 corners and a few free-kicks in attacking positions. However, they defended these situations well for the most part. This pleased manager Steve Housham because he had emphasised to his players the importance that dead-ball situations have in this league.
Clear opportunities were few at either end. Both sides hit the bar and Braintree had a shot cleared off the line late on. The Villagers deserved the point for some solid defending.
“It was good to get our first point and it was also good and important to keep a clean sheet.
“It will be a difficult game at Lincoln. They had a good win at Woking on Saturday and they will not be lacking in confidence after that. However, we will go out and follow our own game plan and, hopefully. Put in a performance that will earn us some reward.”
Lincoln won 3-1 at Woking, never an easy place to get a result. Matt Rhead, who has scored goals for whoever he has played scored twice and will clearly be a player to watch out for on Tuesday.
Ferriby will have to create more opportunities up front on Tuesday. They had a good ten minute attacking spell just before half-time against Braintree. They could have scored three times in this period. However, it was the only period in the game when they really looked like scoring.
Given how many new faces were in the side on Saturday, the result was a pleasing one. It clearly takes time for a side to settle down. Players have to get used to how their team mates play and they obviously have to adjust to whatever tactical formations Housham and assistant Darryn stamp want them to play. Housham and Stamp have done a tremendous job to put together a promising squad in an extremely short space of time.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, 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