Spennymoor Town v North Ferriby United
National League North
Thursday 26 April 2018
Kick-off 7.45 pm
Ferriby travel to promotion-chasing Spennymoor Town on Thursday. Town are currently in eighth place in The National League North. They sit just one place outside the play-off positions. They could need four points from their final two games to secure on.
The reverse fixture at The Eon Visual Media Stadium in September saw Ferriby lose 0-6. It was a dire performance. As the saying goes, “we never showed up”. Saturday’s game could be a good marker for what Chris Bolder is aiming to achieve with Ferriby.
Spennymoor have three games to play this week to complete their fixtures. Three recent home games had to be switched to Harrogate Town because the Brewery Field pitch was ruled unplayable and, of course, the scheduled game against Ferriby on the 14th April was postponed. Following a 1-2 home defeat to AF Telford United on Tuesday, they are now six games without a win.
The game on Thursday will be Spennymoor’s tenth in April and they have won one, drawn two and lost five of the eight played so far. Overall, they have scored 68 goals and conceded 65. Their home record is one of eight wins, five draws and six defeats with 28 goals scored and 26 conceded.
Town’s main goal threat comes from Glen Taylor who has 19 goals for the season. The remaining goals have been spread through the team.
Spennymoor’s players may well eb feeling the dual effects of to many games in a short period plus the nerves that go with trying to gain a play-off place. It will be interesting to see how they perform on Thursday. All the pressure is on them whilst Ferriby’s players are playing for pride and a place in next season’s squad.
Ferriby put in a good display against Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday but could have no complaint about the final score. Harriers displayed why they are chasing promotion but The Villagers held their own for much of the game. Unfortunately, Kidderminster’s finishing was clinical and they punished Ferriby for three errors.
Bolder commented after the game,
“I thought we were absolutely tremendous in the second-half. It looked like we were the team desperate for the points.
“We certainly pushed them back in the second-half. Until the last three or four minutes they only had one shot.
“We had a lot of pressure in the first 16 minutes of the second-half. We got a number of corners and had shots blocked. If we could have got a goal it would have been very interesting.
“Credit to our lads. We conceded a sloppy third goal. Our heads could have gone but the lads picked themselves and we got a goal back..Luke Lofts had a tremendous shot against the bar after that.
We had them rocking at times, there is no doubt about that.
“The players were playing with self-belief and with some confidence. We were competitive for large parts of the game. That is what we expect and the players have responded over the last few months.”
Looking towards Thursday, Bolder has this to say.
“Spennymoor are another great side. Historically, when I’ve come up against them they are a very good side. They move the ball well and there is always goals in them. It will be another new experience on a very big pitch.
“It’s about moving forward and we know we are making progress. It’s about looking forward to next season. We have two more games to see players in action and we will utilise the squad as we finish with two games in 48 hours at the end of the week.
“We have to be preparing for next season so we have to see different players in action. Everybody in the squad understands that. It’s important that all the players in the squad have, or have had, a chance to show what they can do. Most have not played anywhere near this level of football and they have learnt a lot and matured in footballing terms even with the limited number of games they have played.
Bolder should have virtually all his squad to choose from. However assistant manager Paul Robson will miss the game due to a hamstring injury he suffered early in Saturday’s game.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jack Smith, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Jordon Cooke, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Luke Lofts, George Harrison, Jamie Forrester, James Piercey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls, Alex Bannister