North Ferriby United v Maidstone United
Saturday 10 September 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Maidstone at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday in the first-ever meeting of the two clubs. The turnstiles will open at 12.20.
Ferriby will be looking to bounce back from three successive defeats in which they have failed to score.
Maidstone are in 15th place in the Vanarama National League with 11 points, four ahead of The Villagers. Ferriby lie in 20th place with seven points. The Kent side have scored 11 goals to Ferriby’s five and also have a better defensive record conceding 12 to Ferriby’s 15.
Maidstone have won twice and lost twice on their travels. Their last two games have been at home. The first was a 4-1 defeat by Forest Green and the second a 2-2 draw with Wrexham.
The Villagers may be struggling for goals at the moment but manager Steve Housham is not too despondent about that,
“We are making chances, some of them very good ones. We are lacking that little bit of luck that scorers need. I would be more worried if we weren’t making chances.”
It was a little disappointing to see The Villagers concede two very similar goals at Eastleigh last Saturday with the scorers both allowed to head home unchallenged. It is an issue that Housham has worked on in training.
“We are generally defending well and are making few mistakes. Unfortunately, we are being punished for the mistakes we do make. Apart from Lincoln, no side has really outplayed us and we could have had something from each of the last three games.”
Ferriby have so many new players compared to last season so it was always going to be a challenge to create a stable side in short time. Performances have improved and there is no doubting the commitment of the players.
Housham signed Reece Thompson, a striker from York city, last Friday and he made his debut as a substitute at Eastleigh. He provides another option up-front for Housham.
Hopefully, Housham will have his full squad to choose from against Maidstone.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Liam Slade, 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, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson
The First Team players and managers are all contributing towards the cost of the Supporters’ Club coach to the game at Macclesfield Town on 1st October.
Places on the coach can be booked by signing the booking sheet at the club house or by contacting Anthony Wood on firstname.lastname@example.org