York City v North Ferriby United
National League North
Monday 1 January 2018
Ferriby travel to York City on New Year’s Day for the reverse fixture.
The Villagers go into 2018 firmly rooted at the bottom of the National League North. They are 18 points from safety and it is an almost impossible task to make up that type of deficit with 19 games left to play. Nobody will be giving up hope and even if relegation does finally become unavoidable, Chris Bolder will still be expecting his same to be playing for pride.
Manager Chris Bolder was left ruing yet more defensive lapses against York on Boxing Day. York striker John Parkin was given far too much space by Ferriby’s central defenders and he made The Villagers pay the price with a hat-trick.
If there was positive from the game it was the fact that Ferriby did create some good scoring opportunities. Carl Stewart had the chance to give The Villagers the lead early-on and could have hit an equaliser after York took the lead. Instead, he had to wait until the 48th minute to score his first goal for the club. Unfortunately, it was not enough to create a bigger comeback.
Bolder was clearly disappointed and frustrated after the game,
“The frailties we’ve shown in the few games I’ve been in charge with the goals we’re conceding are a recurring theme in and it is something we need to put right and put right quickly. It’s a case of going with runners when they have an overlap and then being aware of where the striker is.
“On the positive side we created chances and when we get opportunities we need to be more clinical. We had the only one on one and we could have changed the game if we’d taken it.”
The introduction of debutant Brett Agnew gave Ferriby more of a physical presence up-front. Bolder played with two strikers when Agnew did come on and it remains to see if he will start with this formation on Boxing Day.
Bolder recognises the risk in doing this but he may be one he is prepared to take,
“We changed our shape and played two up front. This left us a bit exposed at the back and in midfield a bit but we needed to do it even though they overran us at times. “
The Boxing Day win saw York move up to 10th place and they are on the fringes of the promotion places.
York have a mixed home record with four wins, three draws two and four defeats. If Ferriby are to bring something back they are going to have to find a way of nullifying Parkin. The Minstermen are far from being a one man team but they do depend heavily on his scoring ability and could well have been struggling this season without his goals.
Bolder will expect his team to go out and compete,
“We did not lie down and die in the second-half on Tuesday. We gave it a go. The least I expect from the players is that they go out and give it all they’ve got. There is no excuse for anything less. They owe it to themselves, to me , the club and the fans.
The return of midfielder/striker Alex Davidson to the club increasers Bolder’s options. Davidson had a very good scoring record in his previous spells at the club. Callum Rzonca was substituted in the first-half with a hamstring injury and is a doubt for Monday. Ben Clappison will, hopefully have recovered from his injury.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Bobby Johnson, Adam Bolder, Simon Russell, Luke Lofts, Joel Ambalu, Craig Nelthorpe, George Harrison, Callum Rzonca, Sam Ansu, Carl Stewart, Jerome Slew, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, Alex Davidson