Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Boreham Wood
Saturday 8 April 2017
Ferriby entertain Boreham Wood on Saturday when the visitors make their first-ever visit to The Eon Visual Media Stadium.
Last Saturday’s surprise but well-deserved win at high-flying and big-spending Forest Green Rovers was a massive boost to the side.
After three heavy defeats most people probably thought there would be a similar result at The New Lawn. However, Steve Housham’s side gave their best performance of the season. The players kept to their game plan and they made very few mistakes.
Housham played four at the back and five in midfield and this frustrated Rovers throughout the afternoon. Reece Thompson ran himself in to the ground as the sole striker and gave the Rovers back four a torrid time. It was fitting that he scored the winner.
Saturday’s win means that The Villagers are now eight points from safety with five games to play. To get so close to the end of the season and still be in with a chance of avoiding relegation is an achievement in itself for manager Steve Housham, Darryn Stamp, their players a and backroom staff.
Last Saturday’s victory typified the spirit in the squad. After three heavy defeats, some people may have thought they would just give up and play-out the season. That is just not in their characters. They are proud to be playing at this level and know that they have the ability to do well.
The main issue this season has been the very young age of the team and the long-term injuries to the experienced players. The National League is a very unforgiving division in which to play and the players have been on a very fast and hard learning curve.
On-loan keeper Owen Evans spoke after the game at Forest Green,
“I’m obviously extremely happy to start my loan here with a clean sheet and most importantly a win. I wanted to start off on the right foot and hopefully we have done that.
“Luckily, it’s not the first time I’ve played a game without meeting the team before so I wasn’t too nervous and all the lads were top class in making me feel welcome. Obviously, I know Sam from Wigan which also helped with meeting everyone.
“I really want to build on this good start and win as many games as I can in the ones that are left and, hopefully, have a couple more clean sheets as well to develop myself and help the team as much as possible.”
Housham told his players after the game, “You’re a part-time side and playing full-time professionals and they were the ones who looked tired at the end of the game. You’ve beaten a team with a £3,000,000 budget. I’m proud of every one of you.”
Housham commented further,
“”We had a game plan and we kept to it. We made very few errors and matched a top side in every aspect of the game.
“I’ve talked all season about the spirit in this side and today was a great example of it. We may have little more than pride to play for but that is important. “
Ferriby lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at Boreham Wood in October. It was a disappointing result in a game from which Ferriby could have gained at least a point.
Boreham Wood are nine points above the relegation zone so should be safe but a couple of defeats could see them back in the battle. They will certainly not be easing-off as the season draws to a close.
They have won five, drawn six and lost nine of their away games. A tight game could be in prospect as they have score 20 and conceded 24 in those games.
Looking towards Saturday’s game, Housham commented,
“We need to build on last week’s great win. We want to end the season with as many wins and points as possible. The players’ professionalism and pride will ensure that they will keep battling.
“It’s going to be another tough game but we believe that we can gain something from it. We also want to give something to the fans who have supported so well all season.
“They could easily have got on to the players’ backs but, instead, they have continually encouraged the team both home and away.”
Housham will have to juggle his small squad again. On loan keeper Owen Evans will make his home debut. He is going to be without Ryan Kendall, Ross Armstrong, Simon Russell, Steve Brogan and Curtis Bateson for the rest of the season. Hopefully, everybody else will be fit for selection on Saturday.
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