Aldershot Town v NFU (NL)

National League

Aldershot Town v North Ferriby United

Saturday 27  August  2016

 Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Ferriby head south again to play their first ever game against Aldershot Town on Saturday. It means another overnight stay for Steve Housham and his players, something they will get used to this season.

it should prove an interesting game. Both clubs have seven points but Aldershot are ahead of Ferriby on goal difference. Both sides have scored five times but The Villagers have conceded ten to The Shots five.

Aldershot have won both their home games, 2-0 and 1-0 against Maidstone and Wrexham respectively.

Steve Housham believes that The Villagers’ return of seven points from three home games is a decent one but he would dearly love to return from Aldershot with at least a point on Saturday following two away defeats.

Some good away results will show the rest of the league that The Villagers are a side to be taken seriously away from home a well as at The Eon Visual Media Stadium. “We targeted our home games as the ones where we needed to pick up points this season,” said Housham, “but we obviously need to get points on our travels.”

This weekend will be a testing one for the team with Saturday’s long return trip followed by a home game against barrow on Monday afternoon. Ferriby have a small squad and will hope to return from Aldershot with few or no injuries.

It’s a challenging programme for a semi-professional club in what is largely a league consisting of full-time clubs.

Tuesday evening’s training session took place to the accompaniment of traffic thundering along the A63 at Melton.

Darryn Stamp and Housham took different aspects of the session with Housham concentrating on the defence. “We have been gifting scoring opportunities to the other teams and we need to reduce these errors. They are generally little things but we must work at them,“  he stated.

Housham is delighted with two successive home wins. “The Guiseley game showed the players’ resilience and character. We conceded a late equaliser but managed to score an even later winner to take all the points.

“On Saturday [against Torquay] we needed to up our game to get the win. I felt the team reacted positively to the half-time talk.”

“We know it will be a tough game at Aldershot, but they all are. We need to be at, or close to, our best if we are to get anything from the game. But I have a great set of lads here and they are all up for it.”

Danny Clarke and Steve Brogan did not train on Tuesday. Clarke picked up a calf injury against Torquay last Saturday; “He just went in to me from behind. I didn’t see him coming,” commented the club’s skipper.  However, Clarke believes he will be fit for Saturday. Brogan is not likely to quite so lucky as his thigh strain may not have sufficiently healed in time for Saturday though he could be available again for the Barrow game. Striker Vinnie Mukendi has a problem with his hips but should be available for selection.

Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Liam Slade, Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Middleton, Louis Bruce, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jordan Cooke, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah


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