Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Tranmere Rovers
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Ferriby will need a big improvement in performance when Tranmere Rovers make their first-ever visit to The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday. Rovers are currently third in the Vanarama National League and will be chasing three points to keep their play-off hopes going.
It is perhaps an even more important game for The Villagers. They are still six points from safety with just eight games to play. In effect, they are seven points from safety due to their poor goal difference. It remains a very big challenge to escape from the bottom four but it is still possible.
The relegation battle is now almost a certainly any four from six, although Sutton, Braintree and Guiseley are still not secure. The Villagers travel to Sutton next Saturday in what will be a crucial game from both sides.
The reverse fixture saw Ferriby lose 1-0 to a goal deep in added time. It was harsh on The Villagers who had done enough to earn a point but it was not to be.
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. Tranmere won nine times on their travels with five draws and five defeats. wins, They have scored 28 goals away from home and conceded 18. Their main goal threat comes from Andy Cook who scored that late late winner at Tranmere.
Commenting on Saturday’s performance, Housham said,
“I can only apologise to the fans on behalf of the players for our second-half display. The players have let themselves and the fans down. The standards were nowhere near what we have produced or expect.
“At half-time I thought we could have taken something from the game but our second-half performance was our worst of the season. We worked hard in the first half and responded quickly to their goal but we were a different side in the second-half.”
As far as Tranmere is concerned, Housham commented,
“I am expecting a big response from the players after the second=half display against Solihull/ They owe it not only yo themselves but also to the fans.
“It is going to be a tough game. They are a large club that is geared up for the Football League. Coming to our ground could be a bit of a shock for them. We ran them close at prenton park and we have to believe that we can produce a similar performance on Tuesday.”
Simon Russell, Steve Brogan,and Curtis Bateson are still out. Taron Hare sits out the second of a three game suspension following his red card at Bromley.
Ryan Fallowfield returned to the matchday squad against Solihull when he was named aas a substitute
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Ryan Fallowfield, Connor Oliver, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon