1874 Northwich v NFU (FAC 2Q 17-18)

1874 Northwich  v North Ferriby United  
 FA Cup Second round Qualifying
Sunday 17 September  2017
 Kick-off 3.00pm
Barton Stadium, Winsford

Ferriby travel to the Barton Stadium in Winsford on Sunday for an FA Cup Second Qualifying game. The game is being played on Sunday as 1874 Northwich ground-share with their landlords Winsford United who have priority over fixture dates.

Ferriby have not actually played 1874 Northwich before as they are a new side created in 2012 by disaffected Northwich Victoria supporters.

1874 Northwich are in the Hallmark Security League, preiviously known as teh North West Counties League, Premier Division. The team is currently in tenth place but have played only three league games due to FA Cup and FA Vase commitments. They beat Mossley in a replay in the last round. Last Saturday they won 5-4 at Vauxhall Motors in the FA Vase.

The game will give Ferriby a break from their poor start in the National League North. The Villagers will start as favourites despite their poor league form. However, nobody at the club is going to underestimate 1874 Northwich. Ferriby have slipped-up against lower league sides too often in the past for their to be any complacency in The Villagers’ camp.

Ferriby’s poor performance against Spennymoor left everybody shell-shocked. The Villagers were second-best throughout the game against a strong and skilful Spennymoor side.

Steve Housham commented afterwards,
“We have to play for pride at the very least and we did not do that tonight. They were by far the better team and we got what we deserved.

“There has to be a significant improvement on performance against Northwich on Sunday. A win could really kick-start our season and give us some confidence.

“Games like this are real “banana skins”. They are a new club and we will probably be the highest placed club they have played in a competitive game. They will be up for the game and give everything on the pitch.

“My players need to be strong and play with more confidence. We are going to have to go into games set-up being hard to beat. We need more performances like the one at Blyth. That game should what we are capable of. They are now in the top four but we were able to beat them.”

Simon Russell, who is currently captaining the side in the absence of Steve Brogan, was very forthright,

“We need to have the right attitude before we even travel to Northwich. Everyone needs to be ready to play their part and put in a big shift for themselves, the club, managers and fans,

“A win would be  a big positive. There hasn’t been enough this season. I want to hear about our strikers and not just how well Ross had done keeping us in the game.”

Housham will be without Eddie Rogerson, Russ Fry, Danny Emerton, Joe Pugh and Steve Brogan who are still injured. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.  New loan signing Darnelle Bailey-King is cup-tied as he played for Matlock when on loan with them in the last round.
Housham will add new signing Yannick Gomes to his squad for Sunday. Gomes has been signed from Highgate. The 24 year-old Portuguese player has been training with the club for a few weeks and will not only bolster Housham’s squad but will also add strength in midfield.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis, Yannick Gomes


If a replay is needed  it will be atThe Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday 19  September with a 7.45 kick-off.


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