Vanarama National League
Southport v North Ferriby United
Saturday 21 January 2017
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to Southport on Saturday for a Vanarama National League fixture that is vital to both clubs.
The reverse game in September ended in a single goal defeat for The Villagers. They would dearly love to reverse that result on Saturday.
Southport are in 19th place, six points ahead of Ferriby. Southport have scored 23 goals at home and have conceded 26. Their home record has seen them win five and draw four of their 14 home games, They have on their last two at home. Three of those wins have come in their last five home games. Last Saturday they lost 2-1 at home to Wealdstone in the FA Trophy.
A win for Ferriby on Saturday is unlikely to see them move out of the bottom four due to the poor goal difference. However, three points would be an enormous boost and it could close the gap on the teams above them.
New loan signing Matty Templeton from Barnsley is excited at the prospect of playing for Ferriby despite their league position,
“I’m hoping to create and score goals. I want to help this team stay in the league. It’s 100% achieveable.
“This is exactly what I need – first team football at a decent standard. I enjoyed it when I came on at Wrexham, apart from the result. It felt good to be out there. I can see there is quality in this team.”
Templeton’s attitude is exactly what Housham is looking for in new additions to the squad.
The Villagers had little complaint about the defeat at Wrexham. Had it not been for a fine performance by keeper Rory Watson the defeat could have been greater. That said, the players did a decent job with plenty of effort and not a little skill but on the day Wrexham had rather more experience and that counted for a lot.
Watson drew a lot of praise after the game and, like the whole squad, he remains upbeat,
“Of course we can stay up. people wrote us off before the season started but I think we have proven a lot of people wrong. We’ve got a great team spirit and everyone believes we can stay up.”
Manager Steve Housham commented afterwards,
“We can’t really complain about the result. The first 15 minutes were even and we did well. Once again, we struggled in the final third of the pitch. They scored an excellent goal to win the game and we couldn’t match that.
“Overall, we played with our usual spirit and determination and it’s frustrating for the players to give everything for no reward.”
Looking towards the Southport game, Housham commented,
“A win at Southport would be a big boost for us and would also tighten up the situation for the bottom eight teams.
“The season is far from over and we are still doing better than predicted. The spirit amongst everybody at the club remains strong. This team will not give up, it will battle for every point.”
Ferriby have signed striker Sam Cosgrove on loan from Wigan Athletic until the end of the season. He will go straight in to the squad for the Southport game. Housham will be hoping that Steve Brogan has recovered sufficiently to be added to Saturday’s squad. Templeton will remain in the squad after an impressive 30 minutes as a substitute at Wrexham. Simon Russell continues with his long recovery after fracturing his patella.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Connor Oliver, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield,Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove