Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Buxton v North Ferriby United
Saturday 20 October 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby go in to Saturday’s game at Buxton with caretaker manager Joe Lamplough in charge. This follows the sacking of manager Chris Bolder and assistant manager Paul Robson last weekend. That has upset many fans but it was, perhaps, inevitable given the side’s league position.
Speaking about the dismissal, owner Carl Chadwick said,
“Sadly, results this season have meant that I’ve had to make the decision to dismiss Chris and Paul with immediate effect. It’s never easy to sack somebody but I felt that it was too much of a risk to continue as we were and probably fall further behind teams just above us in the league. To their credit, both Chris and Paul understand and accept this.
“Although I was not at the Club last season, I would like to thank both of them for all that they did as they had a thankless task when they arrived.
“Unfortunately, the progress the team seemed to be making has not continued this season so I’ve made the decision to dismiss them.
“I must thank them for the energy and effort they have put in this season and I wish them well in any future management jobs they get.
Moving forward, Lamplough has made it clear that he will be in charge only temporarily,
“It’s an honour to be asked to manage Ferriby but my business and family commitments mean that it is not possible to consider taking on the role permanently.
“I have the utmost respect for both Chris and Paul and that is one of the reasons that I have agreed with Carl Chadwick taken on the manager’s role on a temporary basis.
“Another reason is that we owe it to the players to try and keep the squad together, at least in the short-term until a permanent manager is in place. That is in the best interests of the club and players.”
Ferriby’s defeat to Stafford last Saturday was down to another late goal and was, once again, a familiar story this season. By and large, the team has been competitive and in a very tight league, two or three wins could make all the difference to the team’s position.
For much of that game, Ferriby looked as good, if not better, than Stafford but chances were not taken and a late goal conceded on another quick break by opponents saw The Villagers go down again.
Football at this level is a game of fine margins. The last three games could all have gone Ferriby’s way but they have not done so. Had the results been reversed, Ferriby could have been sitting five or six places higher. However, that is not the case. Whilst managers at any club inevitably get sacked for poor results, it is the players themselves who have to turn matters round on the pitch.
Buxton are currently in 7th place in the table and have a strong home record at home where they have won five and lost just one of their six games. They have scores 10 goals and conceded three in those games.
The Bucks come in to the game on the back of a 0-4 away defeat at Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday. They will be determined to bounce back from that game in front of their home fans.
The game will be played on Buxton’s new 4G pitch. Ferriby’s players are not unused to artificial pitches but despite stringent regulations relating to the degree of bounce, they all seem to play somewhat differently.
“The pitch will not be a problem,” says Lamplough. “We train on one and we will be able to play the ball on the floor which is the way we like to play. We look a better side when we do that and we have to play to our strengths.”
Lamplough will be hoping for a change of luck on Saturday. The Villagers could, and perhaps should have won their last three games.
“We have to right a few wrongs on Saturday. We have come close to gaining points in recent games. We’ve done well for 60 or 70 minutes then lost games in the final 20 minutes.
“It’s obvious that we have to concentrate for the whole game. A good start on its own is not enough. We have created chances and have started to score more regularly but we are still conceding goals that could be prevented. We all know it and it is something we must put right on the pitch.
“Training went well on Tuesday. I’ve told the players that is probably in their own best interests to stay at the club for the moment and see what happens when a new manager is appointed.
“I hope my experience in the game will be helpful to Carl in choosing a new manager. I’m certainly willing to offer my advice.
Lamplough should have a full squad to choose from. Whilst he is enjoying playing football at the moment, it is possible that he may sit-out the game and watch his players in action.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Luke Lofts, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Luke Hinsley, Eddie Birch, Jordan Harrison, Johnny Saltmer