Vanarama National League
Bromley v North Ferriby United
Saturday 11 March 2017
Ferriby will be looking for a third successive win when they travel to mid-table Bromley on Saturday.
Last Saturday’s win over Woking was only the second time this season that The Villagers have gained back-to-back wins. The win moved Ferriby up the table but they still remain in the relegation zone. A win at Bromley on Saturday would not see The Villagers move out of the bottom four but it would be a big step to doing so.
Ferriby are four points away from safety and with games running out they really do need a win on Saturday to keep pressure on the clubs around them.
The reverse fixture saw Feriby lose 2-1 to a late goal despite taking the lead early in the second-half. It was a game and result that was typical of Ferriby’s form for much of the season.
Ferriby are certainly in with a chance of gaining something from Saturday’s game. Bromley’s home form is mixed with eight wins, two draws and eight defeats in their home games so far. The Villagers have shown their best form away from home so will not be daunted.
Bromley have scored 21 goals at home and concede 31. Their main goal threat comes from Blair Turgott who scored the winner at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.
There are still eight clubs who are definitely in the relegation battle. The bottom-half of the table is so tight that another four clubs could possibly be drawn in if they suffer a serious dip in form.
Spirit remains high within the squad, as it should. Despite being in the relegation zone for much of the season, the side has produced consistently good performances. They have done themselves and the club credit, making friends both on and off the pitch. They have been given a lot of credit by opposing managers for their attitude and performance.
Commenting on Saturday’s performance, manager Steve Housham said,
“We were the better team against Woking and definitely deserved the points. I was furious at half-time about the circumstances surrounding their equaliser. The goal was scored within the laws of the game but not with a lack of sportsmanship.
“I told the players at half-time that the good guys usually win and told them to go out and do it. Once again, we produced another good all-round performance, scored two good goals and defended well.”
As far as Bromley is concerned, Housham commented,
“We will be looking for a hat-trick of wins. Bromley’s home record is not great so we have to with the belief that we can pick-up something. They were a bit fortunate to win at our place because
we were the better side for much of the game.
“There is no despair at the club. We knew this season would be tough but we have done well in the circumstances and can hold our heads high.”
Simon Russell, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver and Ryan Fallowfield are still out. Once again, Housham will juggle his remaining players to fit his game plan for dealing with Bromley.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon