Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Lincoln City
Tuesday 21 January 2017
Ferriby entertain league leaders and FA Cup quarter-finalists Lincoln City on Tuesday in a all-ticket game. Consequently, There will be no cash admission or tickets available on the night. A small number of tickets will be on sale at the club shop on Monday from 9am until 1pm and 7pm-9pm and also at Lincoln City.
Turnstiles, bar and catering outlets open at 11 am open at 6pm
Car parking is available at North Ferriby Primary School which is situated at the top of Church Road. Please follow the directions of the stewards. The fee is £2, all of which goes to the school.
North Ferriby United reserves the right to search all attendees. The following items are not allowed in to the ground: alcohol, flares, smoke-bombs, fireworks, any other items that could be classed as missiles or dangerous, and drums. Closed circuit television is in operation at The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Ferriby suffered their worst defeat of the season in the reverse fixture in August. They were caught cold by a four-goal blast in the first 20 minutes, had a man sent-off and lost 6-1. It was a night to forget and onr The villagers will be keen not to repeat.
Lincoln are having a tremendous season. As well as leading the National League, they reached the last eight of the FA Cup on Saturday with a remarkable 1-0 win at Premier League Burnley. The winner came from Sean Raggett in the 89th minute. It was a great performance by the Imps and it will be interesting to see how they react to it at Ferriby on Tuesday.
Like Ferriby, Lincoln will be eager for three points on Tuesday to stay in pole position in the title race. They have won nine, drawn one and lost four of their away league games. They have scored 25 goals in those games and conceded 18. Their main goal threat comes from Matt Rhead and Nathan Arnold are their two main goal-scorers. They also have former Ferriby striker jack Muldoon in their line-up.
Ferriby now face a hard struggle over the closing weeks. Saturday’s defeat saw them remain at the bottom of the table and they are now seven points from safety side. Everybody at the club knew this would be a difficult this season and it is now really proving to be so.
The one thing that is certain is that these players will never give up. There is a tremendous team spirit within the squad. On Saturday, Dover manager Chris Kinnear was full of praise for the way Ferriby play the game and for their team spirit. That is a view that will be echoed by many who have watched Ferriby this season.
Looking towards the Lincoln game, Ferriby manager Steve Housham commented,
“First of all, everybody at Ferriby congratulates Lincoln on reaching the last eight of The Cup. It’s an amazing achievement. They will be cock-a-hoop after beating Burnley. We need to bring them back to earth.
“It’s going to be very difficult but it will be interesting to see how Lincoln react. They come to us to play in a small stadium after winning at a Premier League ground.
“As always we will go in to the game believing we can get something from it. The last two results have been both frustrating and disappointing. We should have won at Braintree where we were the better team and we deserved something from Saturday’s game against Dover. Instead, we are left to regret being punished for those few mistakes we make at the back. That’s something we rarely do to our opponents.”
Simon Russell continues with his rehabilitation following a fractured patella. Steve Brogan, Ryan Fallowfield and Connor Oliver are still out. Danny Emerton took a knock against Dover and may not be fit.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon