1st Mar 2019 6:22:54 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
Matlock Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 2 March 2019
Ferriby travel to Derbyshire on Saturday to play Matlock Town.
Matlock are 11th place in the table and ought to finish the season in mid-table. However, they will be chasing all three points to ensure that they do not get drawn back towards the relegation zone.
The Gladiators recovered well from a poor start to the season but have had a slump recently. They have not won at home for four games and have scored in only two of their last six league games. Their home record has seen them win seven games, draw three and lose five. They have scored 28 goals and conceded 20 in those games.
Their last outing at home saw them lose 1-2 to Farsley Celtic. Last Saturday they lost 0-2 at Grantham Town.
Matlock may well field former Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant and striker Luke Hinsley on Saturday.
Whilst the players will no doubt put it out of their mind, there is a possibility that the side’s third successive relegation could be confirmed on Saturday. That depends on the result of The Villagers and the teams immediately above them.
Tuesday’s defeat at Farsley celtic summed-up the season so far in many ways.
Ferriby matched Farsley until the opening goal which was another penalty that probably unnecessary to concede.
That goal stung Ferriby and within 90 seconds they were two down and the game was, too some extent, over. To their credit, the players worked hard and frustrated a skilful Farsley side. The home side only made the game safe in the final 12 minutes with another brace of goals inside two minutes.
The result could not be complained at but the scoreline was harsh as The Villagers did have chances of their own, especially in the second-half.
Again, inexperience and naivety was the side’s failing throughout the game. It was a shame in many ways because Farsley were certainly made to work harder than they probably expected for their win.
Manager Joe Lamplough comments,
“Matlock will, like every other team in this division, be a tough challenge. They look likely to finish in mid-table but have had a relatively poor run recently. Hopefully we can capitalise on that.
“We will go in to the game believing that we can get something out of it, just as we always do.
“That, though, is only going to happen if we can play consistently for 90 minutes.
“At Farsley we were punished for some lack of awareness and that is something that the players have to improve on. We twice conceded two goals in about 90 seconds of each other. We have to stay focused.
“Myself and the players are determined to give the fans something to cheer.”
Lamplough should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Lewis Hill, Jordan Windass, Aaron Brettell, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Leon Smith, Josh Vickers, Niah Payne, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Joseph Robinson, Alex Knox