Chorley v NFU (NLN 17-18)

Chorley v North Ferriby United 
 National League North
Saturday 27 January 2018
 Kick-off 3pm

Ferriby travel to Chorley on Saturday for a National league North fixture. The Villagers lost the reverse fixture 0-2 at The Eon Visual Media Stadium in September.

It continues to look bleak for Ferriby. With 16 games left to play, they are, effectively 21 points from safety. Realistically, The Villagers are now playing for pride rather than any great chance of avoiding a second successive relegation.

Much to manager Chris Bolder’s frustration, the performance against Boston United last Saturday   was still riddled with the defensive errors that have been on display all season.  The Villagers got off to a dreadful start and were two down inside five minutes. A fisrst minute penalty and a poorly defended set piece allowed Boston a very early cushion and threw Bolder’s plans into disarray.

 “Things change  dramatically when you  concede early goals. Confidence goes down, and  theirs goes up. They start to knock the ball around and take control.

“Their first three goals all came from set pieces. The penalty came from a poorly defended throw-in and Kojo caught Thompson. I’ve no issue with the decision but we should have defended better. The second goal was an inability to defend a corner and the third was also the result of poor defending from a set piece.”

By half-time, Ferriby were four down and the game was over as a contest. Adam Bolder’s well-struck penalty brought a little relief but it was not enough to forge a fight-back.

The introduction of defenders Jack Mail and Jamie Taylor as second-half substitutes stiffened Ferriby’s defence to some extent. Both players performed well and are sure to play again before the end of the season.

Chorley are still challenging for a play-off spot. They are currently in ninth position with 39 points. With the new play-off system kicking-in at the end of the regular season, they are just four points off a play-off spot.

The Magpies have actually found it difficult to score goals at home, finding the net just 16 times in 13 games. They will be expecting to improve on that on Saturday. Chorley drew 2-2 at struggling Darlington last Saturday.

Bolder comments,

“As I’ve said so often in recent weeks, we have got to defend better and markers have to be aware of their opponents. Players are given roles  and responsibilities and they have to make the right decisions. Some players can see what is happening around them and they have to tell others what is going on and help-out each other.”

It is difficult for us at the minute with so many changes in personnel. Some of our players haven’t played at this level. We’re bringing in players to give them an opportunity at this level.” 

“We’ve been picking up injuries and suspensions plus losing players to illness. We’ve also brought in a lot of players. All of this means it has been difficult to build continuity.”

“We’ll keep going and trying. There is a gulf in class between us and other sides.”

It really is about pride and passion in the final three months of the season. If the players can display those qualities and pick up the odd result it will give some hope for next season. Hard as it may be, the fans need to keep faith.

Bolder is trying to get his players to play a different style and there have been signs of it happening. He is aware of the defensive weaknesses and is working hard to lessen these. As Bolder said after the Boston defeat, changing a losing mentality is hard but a couple of decent performances could make all the difference.

Bobby Johnson returns to the squad after a one match suspension.  Defenders Jack Mail and Jamie Taylor may retain their places in the squad after their impressive debuts as substitutes against Boston.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant,  Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jack Mail, Jamie TaylorAdam Bolder, Luke Lofts, George Harrison, Sam Ansu, Carl Stewart, Jorome Slew, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, Alex Davidson


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