Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Bromley
Saturday 29th October 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Bromley on Saturday in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. It really is a crucial game for The Villagers who are now bottom of the Vanarama National League.
A promising start to the season has turned in to a series of frustrating games and results. Some good performances against sides in the top half of the table have met with no reward. This is largely due to Ferriby’s inability to score goals.
Ferriby have now had just one win in their last 12 league games and that was the only one of those in which they have scored. Five have been one goal defeats and three have been by two goals. A goal in any of those games could have changed the results in Ferriby’s favour. However, that just emphasises the narrow margins that are in this league.
Ferriby may argue that luck has not been with them with shots hitting the woodwork or being cleared off the line but, to some extent, you have to make your own luck. The Villagers have been on the wrong end of some key refereeing decisions but, again, if you are winning games, these decisions have less effect on a team.
Bromley are in 17th place with 18 points but a defeat on Saturday will see them drawn back towards the bottom four. They have had a mixed season and lost 2-0 at home to Dover on Tuesday. They have scored 19 goals and conceded 25. Their goals have been shared between 12 players with Blair Turgott top-scoring with five.
Ferriby manager was delighted with his side’s performance at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.
“It was a tremendous performance, probably our best of the season and we deserved some reward for it. The atmosphere seemed to spur us rather than frighten us and the players kept their concentration throughout the game.
“We made no big mistakes, We kept better possession and stayed with our game-plan. It was gutting to concede so late in the game. The quality of the performance could be seen in the way the Tranmere fans reacted by booing their own team.”
The result was heart-breaking for The Villagers. It was a fabulous all-round team performance. Ferriby harried Tranmere all over the pitch and the home side’s chances were limited. Ferriby, too, had their chances with the home keeper having to make some rather uncomfortable looking saves at the beginning of the second-half.
Looking towards Saturday’s game Housham commented,
“We really do need to win this one. We have three games at home now and I’ve set the boys a target of winning them all. The players are capable of picking-up wins. They know they are competing well, especially against the top sides. We now have to start picking up points against sides in the lower half of the table. The next three games are a great opportunity to start doing that’
“Our fans have been tremendous and I hope they get down to the ground and support us. WE all appreciate it and it does give the players a boost. I know the supporters are frustrated with the results but so is everybody else at the club!”
Housham has virtually his whole squad to choose from with only Curtis Bateson definitely out.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Conner Robinson