FC United of Manchester v North Ferriby United
National League North
Saturday 28 April 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby play their final National League North fixture when they travel to FC United of Manchester on Saturday. It will be the second game in 48 hours for The Villagers so will be a test of stamina for Chris Bolder’s small squad.
There may be something of a party atmosphere in and around the ground, However, that will not extend to the pitch. Both teams will want to sign-off the season in style. There will almost certainly be a large crowd and that will be a new experience for most of the Ferriby players.
The reverse fixture at The Eon Visual Media Stadium in October saw the teams drew 3-3. It was a bit of a false dawn for Ferriby who failed to build on that performance as the season progressed.
FCUM have had a difficult season and it is only recently that they have ensured they will be playing National League North football again next season. They have won four, drawn one and lost three of their last eight games. Last Saturday they went down to a single goal defeat at Alfreton.
Their home record is one of 12 wins, two draws and six defeats with 35 goals scored and 24 conceded. Overall, FCUM have scored 58 goals and conceded 70.
There is no real pressure on either team. However, both sets of players will be playing for pride and a place in next season’s squads.
Ferriby will head in to the game with a degree of confidence after an excellent performance at Spennymoor on Thursday evening. Ferriby more than deserved the point they gained in a one all draw. The Villagers put on an excellent all-round team performance to dent Spennymoor’s promotion hopes.
Bolder commented after the game,
“This was another outstanding performance. You can see what is being created. Every player, including those coming off the bench had a desire to get something out of the game. We defended well and put bodies on the line.
“I was pleased with the overall performance. We had three good opportunities in the first-half. If we’d nicked right at the end it would perhaps have been a bit harsh on Spennymoor. The chance was one of those situations where if you mishit the ball you often score. Jordan hit it sweetly and the keeper made a magnificent save.”
Looking towards Saturday, Bolder has this to say,
“It should be fantastic atmosphere at Broadhurst Park. It’s a new ground and there should be a large crowd. FCUM usually try to make their final home game of the season a little bit special for the fans before the game.
“It will be something of a new experience for my players but it is one that will stand them in good stead as we look forward to next season.
“It’s a big ask to expect these lads to play two games in 48 hours but the atmosphere will be tremendous and hopefully that adrenaline and that experience of playing in a nice stadium. A very vocal crowd should inspire the lads and hopefully they will not feel tired until Sunday!
“James Nicholls should be available again on Saturday after being unable to get time off at work.”
Paul Robson remains unavailable, as does Brett Agnew. Otherwise, Bolder should have virtually all his squad to choose from. Josh Walker was substituted at Spennymoor due to a dead-leg. He is a doubt for Saturday.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jack Smith, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Jordon Cooke, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Paul Robson, Luke Lofts, George Harrison, Jamie Forrester, James Piercey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls, Alex Bannister