2nd Aug 2018 21:34:52 by Phil Withers
North Ferriby United v Ossett United
Saturday 4 August
Ferriby play their penultimate pre-season friendly when newly formed Ossett United visit The Chadwick Stadium.
Ossett Town and Ossett Albion amalgamated in the summer and will play this coming season in the Evostik Northern Premier League Division One East.
As Town and Albion, Ferriby played both clubs many times over the years.
The Villagers’ game at Barton Town had to be abandoned on Tuesday following a serious leg injury to Barton striker Joel Sutton. He could not be moved from the pitch and there was a long wait for an ambulance, leaving the match officials and both clubs with no option to but to abandon the fixture. Everybody at Ferriby wishes Joel well and hope that he makes a full recovery.
Ferriby manager Chris Bolder commented,
“It’s an awful injury. When we heard the crack we hoped it was two players’ shinpads hitting each other but it was far from that. There was no way the game could continue. We wish Joel well and hope he’ll be playing again as soon as possible.”
Bolder was in better spirits following Ferriby’s narrow defeat to Hull City on Monday night. Ferriby lost 0-2 against a side that, in the end, contained a number of first team players.
““It was a very pleasing performance. We have to understand the team we came across tonight, We had to concede territory and possession. I thought on the whole our possession was good. The lads who started the game on Saturday did well but you could see they were tired in the second-half. But these minutes on the pitch are important to us.
“We’ve worked on our defensive shape a lot as a defensive back four and midfield three. We showed that on Saturday against a strong Spennymoor side and tonight against a very good City side.
“We had occasions where we won the ball back and caught them on the break. Some of our passes looked a little tired but that is to be expected.
“All-in-all it was god performance and the players will have learned a lot.”
Credit and thanks need to be given to City Manager Nigel Adkins for ensuring that his first team players were at the game. It meant a bumper crowd for Ferriby and made many City fans happy as players signed and autographs and posed for photographs with fans.
Saturday’s game is likely to see Bolder and Paul Robson start with the players who could be in the squad for the forthcoming Northern Premier League season. As in recent games, they will probably be looking to give them at least 60 minutes on the pitch.
“Ossett will be a good test for us on Saturday,” said Bolder. “ They will be a strong side and have some good players. Striker Tom Corner is well-known to us. With just two games left to play before the season starts, Paul and myself are reaching the stage of setting the size of the squad.”
Ferriby’s squad will be chosen from:
Johnny Saltmer, Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Paul Robson, Alex Brittain, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Myles Lawman, Adam Bolder, Eddie Rogerson, James Nichols, Luke Lofts, Alex Bannister, Jordan Harrison, Younis Guiari, Ben Clappison. There may well one or two more additions.