25th Jan 2019 7:02:18 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Basford United
Saturday 26 January 2019
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Basford United make their first ever visit to The Chadwick Stadium on Saturday. The only time the clubs have met before was the reverse fixture at the beginning of November. The Villagers twice went ahead in that game and, in the end, did not really deserve to lose
Going in to that game, Basford were in second-place but have gained just 10 points since then, including the win over Ferriby. Basford have won just one of their last seven games and have dropped to 10th place in the division. It is certainly not where they expected to be having been one of the favourites for automatic promotion before the season began.
Skipper James Piercy commented on the Whitby result,
“Everybody was hurt by that defeat because everybody knew we should have done better but training has been good during the week and the lads have put in the work to ensure we try to bounce back this week with a positive performance.
“Despite the result and the performance last Saturday, we all remain positive that we can stay up because we know we can match teams in this league and have proved it on many occasions we just need to get a result that can give us a bit of confidence to then kick on from that.”
The result and performance at Whitby was bitterly disappointing, especially after the way the side played against Marine in the previous game. The Villagers were totally outplayed at Whitby and were never in the game once the first Whitby goal went in.
The players, as always, worked hard, but there were far too many mistakes and virtually no pressure was put on the Whitby defence. Mark Hutchinson’s first goal for the club was probably the highlight for Ferriby. Lewis Exall was the only player who performed anywhere near his best. That may seem strange when he conceded six goals but the questions had to be asked about the players in front of him rather than of Exall himself.
Piercy has this to say about this Saturday’s game,
“Basford will be a tough test for us but what we’ve got to do is remain 100% concentrated throughout the game and ensure that we can take the chances we get to get a foothold in the game and get a positive result.
“They are having a run of poor results and we have to try to make sure they don’t kick-start their season on Saturday.
As mentioned above, Piercy and his team believe that they can still avoid relegation but you would not expect any group of players to concede when there is still a slim chance.
The reality is that Ferriby really need to win 11 of their remaining 15 games and there are no signs of that happening. Performances remain inconsistent. Two decent games against Marine and Hednesford still resulted in defeats and each of those was followed by conceding six goals in the following games.
The pragmatic view is that the side will be playing in the Northern Premier League East Division next season. That will be hard to take after the successes of not so long ago.
Manager Paul Foot should have his full squad to choose from for the Basford game. Piercy should be fit to play having failed a late fitness test before the Whitby game.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Josh Vickers, Leon Smith, Niah Payne, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Mark Hutchinson
The club is still waiting for a date from the FA about the appeal to re-locate the club to Dunswell. There will, obviously, be no comment until the appeal has been heard.