Vanarama National League
York City v North Ferriby United
Sunday 1 January 2017
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to York for the reverse fixture against York City on New Year’s Day. It’s a crucial game for both clubs, especially after York’s win at Ferriby on Boxing Day.
The Boxing Day game was watched by a record home league crowd. Despite the importance of the game to both clubs, it was played in a good spirit and with a good atmosphere inside the ground.
Ferriby go in to the New Year at the bottom of the table with York just above them on goal difference. Mbefore the season began, many expected The Villagers to be in this position and be virtually dead and buried. However, they are by no means certainties for relegation and they have surprised many this season with their performances. They have rarely been outplayed and a number of games that they have lost could easily have seen them gain one or more points.
Manager Steve Housham comments,
“We have a very young and largely inexperienced team at this level and they are having to learn a great deal this season and learn it quickly. They are improving as a team and all the lads are talented players. They play with great spirit and their attitude in training and games is tremendous.
“We may be bottom of the table going in to the New Year and that is disappointing but we have more points than a lot of people expected us to get. We’ve got 20 games left and we are capable of climbing out of the bottom four. It’s a tough decision with very fine margins between winning and losing.
“We really do need to get something from York on Sunday and we are certainly capable of getting a result there. There wasn’t much between the teams on Boxing Day. It was a poor game but that was mainly due to the weather. The wind dictated the game and most players will tell you that windy conditions are the ones they least like playing in.
Nobody really expected to see York in the relegation zone this season having just been relegated from The Football League. However, The Minstermen have struggled to find any sort of form/ Like Ferriby they will have a battle on their hands to stay up but, also like The Villagers, they still have a chance of doing it.
York have won three and drawn six of their 13 home games, scoring just 15 times in the process. The win at Ferriby on Boxing Day was their first in 18 games. That will have given them a boost but Ferriby will believe that they can get a result.
Assistant Manager Darryn Stamp says,
“There will be a big crowd at York and we need to upset them. If we can get a good start and make life difficult for York their fans may well get on their backs. They will be expecting to complete the double over us and we are determined that will not happen.
“If you look at players' ages and wages they are on another level to what we have. But it's about what happens on the pitch and conditions should be better than they were on Boxing Day.
"We will be able to get the ball down on the ground and play football. We matched them but once again, it's a fine line between winning and losing.
"They scored with their best chance and we hit our own player on their goal line with ours. Not many people expect us to get anything from the game, so the pressure is on them to beat us. "If we can get the first goal, then it will make things very interesting."
With the exception of Simon Russell and, probably Steve Brogan who was injured in training on Christmas Eve, Housham should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Connor Oliver, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Levi Sutton
As car parking is limited at Bootham Crescent, supporters are urged to park at York Hospital. It is a short walk to the ground and parking available a reduced rate.
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