Alfreton Town v NFU (NLN 17-18)


Alfreton Town v North Ferriby United
 Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 15  August  2017
The Impact Arena
 Kick-off 7.45pm

After what can only be described as  a disastrous start to their Vanarama National League North season, Ferriby have two tough away games this week. They start with a trip to Alfreton Town followed by a visit to Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

Ferriby’s performances so far have been poor apart from the first-half against Harrogate last Tuesday. Manager Steve Housham summed-up Saturday’s performance against Brackley in one word, “Embarrassing!”

The Villagers did not force Brackley keeper Danny Lewis in to one save. The Villagers defence was carved open far too easily by Brackley who would have won by a much larger argin were it not for Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant. He made a number of very good saves and could not be blamed for any of the goals.

Ferriby have worries at the opposite end of the field as well. Saturday’s game saw the midfield virtually by-passed by long balls up front. The Villagers do have players who can trouble defences but those players have to have good quality ball played up to them. That is not happening. The midfield players are having to drop back to shore-up the defence which leaves a long ball as the most likely option.

Ferriby are already playing catch-up. They are one of only two clubs without a point, though there are a large number with three points. More worrying, to some extent, is the goal difference. It is in double figures after just three games and is by far the worst in the division.

Alfreton is never an easy place to go to but they have not had a great start. They lost 1-4 at Darlington on Saturday after taking a first-minute lead. They also lost 1-3 at Boston in midweek. Their opening day home game saw them beat Blyth 2-0.

All is not lost for Ferrriby and they could gain something at Alfreton but the team is going to have to put in a much better performance. They have got to have belief in themselves. The defence is experienced enough to pull itself together and the midfield with the likes of Simon Russell and Russ Fry has the ability to command games. The forwards have the pace to worry defences but it remains to be seen if they have the ability to score on a very regular basis.

With only three games played, there is time to kick-start the season and turn things round but that needs to happen soon.

Housham comments,
“The players owe everybody at this club a big performance on Tuesday. They did not need to be told how poor they were on Saturday as a team.

“I’m looking for the players to come out with the right spirit and attitude.  We have to be stronger physically. Teams are bullying us out of possession.

“We knew this season would be tough but we are not helping ourselves. It’s not just results that matter, it is performances. You can take defeat when you play well and lose to a better team but it is far less easy to take when you don’t come close to matching your opponents.”

 Ferriby will be without Mark Gray who sits out the second of a three game suspension. Eddie Rogerson is still injured and the club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Steve Brogan,  Jordon Cooke, Jake PictonKojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Russell Fry, Danny Emerton, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Leigh Hutchinson


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