9th Nov 2018 8:15:03 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Nantwich Town
Saturday 10 November 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby return to The Chadwick Stadium on Saturday when high-flying Nantwich Town visit for an Evostik Premier Division match.
It is hoped that the fans will turn-up at The Chadwick Stadium in significant numbers despite the high-feelings that have been generated over the proposals to re-name and re-locate the club. The players deserve support from the fans as they attempt to improve results. The players should not be bearing the brunt of the issues that the fans have with the owners.
Paul Foot’s side will be keen to pick up a win They remain bottom of the table and eight points from safety. A win is not beyond them on Saturday. The Villagers showed last Saturday that they can match the best teams in the division. Until the dismissal of Dan Nichols, Ferriby looked as if they could win the game. They had Basford struggling but the home side capitalised on having an extra man and scored two late goals. The score-line was not a true reflection of the game itself.
It was tough on Ferriby who had pressured Basford in midfield and in defence and caused problems for them in defence. The home side was made to look very ordinary at times.
After the game, Foot commented,
“First and foremost, I’m so proud of every one of them today to a man. I made a few changes from last week’s line-up and all the substitutions , they just took it and understood why I did it.
“The attitude when they went on the pitch was fantastic. The players that maybe haven’t had a chance started to do and took their opportunities. The reaction today from last week has been fantastic.
“The score-line looks like as if we’ve been well beaten but the fourth goal came in the 90th minute as we chased the game. I make no apologies for that.”
“There are plenty of positives to take from the game. The defence gave a much better performance today and we created scoring opportunities at the other end. “
Nantwich are currently second in the table and will provide another stern challenge for The Villagers. Nantwich have won three, drawn two and lost two of their away league games, scoring eight goals and conceding 11. It is a record that will give Ferriby some hope of gaining a good result, especially after the side’s performance against Basford United last Saturday. The Dabbers come in to the game on the back of a 1-4 home defeat to resurgent Matlock Town last Saturday.
Most of Nantwich’s goals have come from Stephen Jones, Daniel Glover and Callum Saunders though 11 different players have scored so far.
Foot knows his team faces another tough game on Saturday,
“Obviously it will be a difficult game given Nantwich’s position in the table.
Nantwich’s away record indicates that they are not finding it easy on their travels and we have to take advantage of that. They will have been hurt by last Saturday’s home defeat and will want a big response. We will be prepared for that.
“If the lads give what they gave last Saturday I will be very happy. They showed they can do it against a top three side at Basford and they are going to have to do it again as we’re up against another top three side.
“There were a lot of positives to take from last Saturday’s game and the players know they need to keep building on performances like that. More importantly, they want to improve and show people what they can do.
“We’ve had an excellent week training looking at different things and the lads are all up for working together in the right direction.
“We’re going to continue to try to be more of an attacking team using our wings more and being even more direct as a team.
“The positivity in the squad is fantastic and they just need to keep believing that we can climb the table!”
Gary Bradshaw is unavailable and Dan Nichols is suspended following his sending-off last Saturday. Joe Lamplough is a doubt due to injury but he is training and could be fit. New signing Lance Moyo will add attacking opportunities for Foot.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Joe Lamplough, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Jordan Harrison, Johnny Saltmer, Tom Waudby, Alexander Wollerton, Lance Moyo