Vanarama National League
Solihull Moors v North Ferriby United
Saturday 26th November 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to the Midlands on Saturday when they take on Solihull Moors, last season’s Vanarama North Champions. Ferriby will travel with some confidence after their unbeaten start to November.
Solihull are in 17th place with 22 points. They have scored and 26 goals this season. Akwase Asante with nine goals and Andy Brown with seven are their leading scorers and will provide a tough test for Ferriby’s defence. At the other end of the pitch they have conceded 37 times, which is actually six more than Ferriby.
Solihull had to make a longish midweek trip to Torquay where they lost 3-0. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, this has on them.
Two draws and a win this month have seen Ferriby move off the bottom of the table and close the gap on the teams above them. A win on Saturday could even see them climb out of the relegation zone.
The Villagers will be buoyed-up after last Saturdays victory over Sutton United. It was a well-deserved win that showed they can score goals. Sutton threw everything at Ferriby in the last 30 minutes but this time there was no late goal to deny The Villagers a point.
Housham was full of praise for his side after the game,
“The main factor on Saturday was the players’ belief in themselves. It could have been different after a tough week if we had turned up feeling sorry for ourselves. We were down to the bare bones of a squad but the players put in a real shift.
“I was really delighted for Ross Armstrong. I asked him to go out and take his chance and he did that. Ryan Fallowfield has shown the same patience as well.
“Reece Thompson ran himself in to the ground which is why he was substituted. I know some fans questioned it but we needed fresh legs to replace Reece.”
There was a disappointingly small crowd at The Eon Visual Media Stadium last Saturday to see the side’s win. The players respond to a good-sized crowd and do appreciate the support. The win was a fair reward for another battling performance. Sam Topliss was delighted to score with a header that dipped under the bar and Reece Thompson’s goal was well-taken after forcing a defender in to an error.
Ross Armstrong made his first-ever start for the side and was a revelation. His man-of-the-match performance even earned him a place in the Non-League Paper’s National League Team of the Day.
Looking towards Saturday’s game Housham commented,
“We have to maintain our recent form. Solihull are gradually being drawn in to a relegation battle and they will be anxious for a win on Saturday.
“They have two quality strikers who will be a handful but we have a good defence. When you look at their goals against column you have to think that we can get a goal or two.”
Housham may well be tempted to keep the side that beat Sutton. Conner Robinson has left the club due to work commitments. Connor Oliver is still not ready to return and Simon Russell is likely to be out until March. Jake Skelton will return to the squad following a one match suspension. Housham is hoping to complete the loan-signing of another player in time for Saturday’s game.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Curtis Bateson