Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Hednesford Town
Wednesday 26 December 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby play their second game of the festive period on Boxing Day when Hednesford Town visit The Chadwick Stadium for an Evostik Premier Division match.
There was disappointment after Saturday’s defeat at Hyde. In some ways it was a good performance with very few errors and a good competitive performance from the players. The defence was generally solid, forcing Hyde to mainly shoot from distance. Of the three goals that Hyde scored, two of them came from quick breaks.
Jordan Harrison forced three good saves from home keeper Peter Crook. Had the first of those gone it would have been an equaliser and could have changed the complexion of the game. Sadly, that was not to be. The Villagers struggled to hold the ball for any length of time and were constantly forced on the defensive. Too often the ball out of defence by-passed Ferriby’s midfield. This enabled Hyde to set-up attacks very quickly.
Boxing Day visitors Hednesford also lost on Saturday, 0-1 at home to Witton Albion. They are currently 14th in the table with 25 points from 23 games. Their away record sees them with four wins, one draw and six defeats. They have score 16 goals and conceded 23 on their travels. It is a record that has to give Ferriby some hope if they can put a convincing display together. Town’s leading scorers are Michael Howard and Daniel Sweeney who have seven each.
Skipper James Piercy remains upbeat,
“The festive period is always a busy one having games on Boxing Day and then New Year’s Day as well, but it’s all part and parcel of being a footballer. Hopefully the festive period comes with some much-needed points for us this year. Hednesford Town are sat in midtable but, if we focus on us, and what we can do, for me, we are good enough to get out of the position we are in we’ve just got to all pull together and strive towards that. “
The players share Piercy’s belief still feel that they can climb the table but progress needs to happen now. Wins need to come, not only for the points but also to reduce the negative goal difference. There is no doubting the commitment within the team but at times it seems that what is said and done on the training ground does not happen in matches.
Manager Paul Foot comments,
“We will be continuing to train as much as we can over festive period, the games keep on coming and we need to be as fit as we can and as committed as we can be, so we can push on in the New Year.
“We have added some cover to the coaching team as my work is very demanding and we do not want it to jeopardise our team. We, as a team, are all on the same page and all know the direction we want to go.
“ As always regarding the opposition we know their weaknesses and their strengths and we will try and punish them. However, ultimately at this stage, we have to concentrate on our game and our strengths and we have to put this into practice on a Saturday. If we do this I believe we will win.
“Other commitments meant I could not be at the Hyde game but Joe [Lamplough, assistant manager] has given me a break-down of the game and it seems that there was much to commend the performance.”
Ferriby will be hoping for a larger crowd than usual with the game being played on Boxing day. The players need the support of the fans behind them. Foot has this to say about the supporters,
“Obviously this is the last home game of 2018, so I would just like to add that since I have come back to Ferriby the fans have been great. The true supporters that come week in week out can see what we are doing, can see what we’re trying to do and we appreciate that. I have been in this situation before with Ferriby and the fans back then were the same. So a massive thank you and we can assure you all that we are giving 110 per cent to reach our goal!”
Jack Mail is still unavailable through injury and Gary Bradshaw remains doubtful due to a hamstring problem. Josh Vickers sits out the last of a three match suspension. Seyavoush Esmaeily Mark Hutchinson, both of whom made their debuts at Hyde, will stay on the squad. Jordan Harrison is back in the squad following his recen unavailability
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Johnny Saltmer, Jordan Windass, Seyavoush Esmaeily, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Josh Walker, Tom Waudby, Luke Hogg, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Jordan Harrison, Mark Hutchinson