Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Solihull Moors
Saturday 18 March 2017
Ferriby will be trying to put the disappointment of last Saturday’s defeat at Bromley behind them on Saturday when they entertain Solihull Moors at The Eon Visual Media Stadium.
It is a vitally important game for The Villagers. They are now six points from safety with just nine games to play. It is going to be a very big challenge to escape from the bottom four but the players will battle to the end.
Their spirit and attitude has been exemplary this season and they can hold their heads high. In most games they have been competitive. Praise has to be given to the management team of Steve Housham and Darryn Stamp who had three weeks to put a squad together and have produced a side that has been competitive in virtually every match.
At many clubs they would have been sacked before now. That is not Ferriby’s way. There is a great deal of appreciation for what they have achieved and there is hope and anticipation that they will remain at the club next season.
Last Saturday’s defeat at Bromley saw the referee at the centre of attention. Taron Hare was harshly sent-off after just 18 minutes and that certainly did not help The Villagers. For the second time in recent games, Reece Thompson was elbowed in the face but, again, the perpetrator only got a yellow card and not the mandatory red. Decisions like these can make all the difference. Steve Housham was less than happy with the officiating,
“I don’t want to make excuses but the referee missed some massive decisions. I can hold my hands up, they should have had a penalty but nothing was given.”
Referring to the foul on Thompson, Housham said,
“I don’t want my players to roll around when they are challenged but maybe they needed to yesterday.”
The reverse fixture saw Feriby lose 2-0 in what was fairly lacklustre game between last season’s promoted sides.
Ferriby are certainly in with a chance of gaining something from Saturday’s game. Moors are not yet safe from relegation but a win for them would probably be enough to keep them up. Solihull’s away form is mixed with five wins, six draws and seven defeats in their away games so far. They have scored 18 goals away from home and concede 23. Their main goal threat is Harry White.
Commenting on Saturday’s performance, Housham said,
“We had to reshuffle [after Hare’s dismissal] . Their smallest player was allowed a free header in the box.. that was really hard to take.
“I asked the players at half-time to let their defence have the possession, we would welcome them and then look to beat them on the break with a more expansive attack. There was a slip from a corner which cost us a second goal – before that we’d been really tight and the plan seemed to be working.”
To complete a fairly miserable afternoon, Housham was sent to the stands after complaining to the referee about his decisions, “I have to apologise for my red card – I had to say my bit, it was a mixture of passion and frustration for the decisions against our lads.”
As far as Solihull is concerned, Housham commented,
“We’ll regroup and focus on the Solihull game. It’s good to be back at home because I think the long journey [to Bromley] was tough on the lads. We’ll be looking for back-to-back-home wins!”
Simon Russell, Steve Brogan, and Ryan Fallowfield are still out. Curtis Bateson will probably miss the rest of the season due to knee l ligament damage. Taron Hare sits out the furst of a three game suspension following his red card at Bromley.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Connor Oliver, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon