Boston United v NFU (NLN 17-18)

Boston United v North Ferriby United  
 Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 5  September  2017
 Kick-off 7.45pm
The Jakemans Stadium

Ferriby travel to Boston on Tuesday looking to build on their recent form. After starting the season with four defeats, The Villagers have won one and drawn two of their last four games. It will not be easy to maintain this at Boston but The Pilgrims have also not had such a good start to the season.

Boston are three points ahead of Ferriby after eight games. The Villagers fell to the bottom of the Vanarama Conference North table despite gaining a point on Saturday. However, victory at Boston would put the clubs on level points.

Boson have won two, drawn one and lost one of their home games. They drew at Kidderminster on Saturday. The Pilgrims have conceded just one fewer goal than Ferriby but have scored 9 to The Villagers two.

Steve Housham will be hoping that his team will be able to frustrate Boston. If they do it will put pressure on Boston as their fans can be quite vocal against their team when things are not going well.

Ferriby produced a decent performance over the full 90 minutes to take a point off Tamworth on Saturday. Ferriby had more purpose going forward and their approach play was good. However they never tested Tamworth’s keeper throughout the game and the lack of fire=power remains a worry.
Housham said,

““It was a hard workmanlike performance. Our quality in the final third is what let us down in the end. We had great desire going forward and defensively in the second-half.

“We have to be positive we have lost only one of the last four games and we got a point today from a top seven side.

“The results will come with performances like this. We certainly need that level of performance at Boston. They’ve not started too well and will be disappointed to be in the bottom half of the table. That just shows how competitive this league is.”

Housham is beset with injury problems. That makes life difficult with a small squad. Not only does it limit his options it also makes it impossible to field a settled team. With so many enforced changes, it is hard to see what Ferriby’s best starting line-up could be.

Ferriby will be without Eddie Rogerson, Russ Fry, Danny Emerton and Steve Brogan who are still injured. Akeel Francis who dropped out after being named on the team sheet on Saturday and Jake Skelton are also doubtful. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.

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


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