1st Feb 2019 21:11:02 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
Farsley Celtic v North Ferriby United
Saturday 2 February 2019
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby face a daunting task at third-placed Farsley Celtic on Saturday. Celtic are the third highest scorers in the division and thumped The Villagers 6-0 in the reverse fixture in November.
That was a niggly game in which Ferriby played 70 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Ben Leyland. It was not until midway through the second-half that Farsley actually got a real grip on the game and Ferriby finally collapsed.
Red cards have been an issue for The Villagers this season. Leon Smith’s dismissal at home to Basford last Saturday means he will miss the Farsley game. The Basford game was the seventh league game this season where Ferriby have finished with 10 players. An incident after the earlier Farsley game also saw a red card issued to Josh Vickers.
Farsley lie three points behind leaders South Shields but have a game in hand. They will be more than eager to claim all three points on Saturday. Their home record has seen them win eight games, draw four and lose one. They have scored 28 goals and conceded 15 in those games.
Their last outing at home saw them draw 1-1 with Grantham but they come in Saturday’s match on the back of 5-0 away win at Stafford Rangers in the Integro League Challenge Cup.
Ferriby remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and are, effectively, 20 points from safety. Last Saturday’s defeat to Basford was another disappointing result as it was a game from which Ferriby really should have gained a point. However, two poorly defended set-pieces cost the team at least a point.
The pragmatic view is that relegation is unavoidable but the players are not going to concede until it is mathematically impossible to stay up. It is a matter of pride for the team. Nobody can hide from the poor results this season. Equally, it is hard to deny that the players have worked hard and showed plenty of commitment.
Results apart, the most disappointing part of the season is that the same mistakes are being made now that were in evidence at the beginning of the season. They have proved costly as they have seen Ferriby lose close-fought games that they could perhaps have won. Similarly with the number of red cards.
Assistant manager Joe Lamplough comments,
“We’re concentrating on the adaptability to manage games. We have to choose the side that will hopefully do what we want against each opponent. The lads are all singing from the same hymn sheet and nobody is sulking for not playing. It’s all a development phase.
“We frustrated Farsley for much of the first game and we have to try to do that again on Saturday. We know they are a good side that scores plenty of goals so we need to be at our best defensively and full-focussed throughout.”
Manager Paul Foot will have to make changes to last Saturday’s side. As mentioned above, Leon Smith is suspended. Striker Mark Hutchinson has signed for Bridlington Town but remains dual-registered with Ferriby. Joseph Robinson, registered from North Ferriby Athletic, may remain in the squad
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Lewis Hill, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Josh Vickers, Niah Payne, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Joseph Robinson