7th Dec 2018 6:00:00 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
Warrington Town v North Ferriby United
Saturday 8 December 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby travel to fourth-placed Warrington Town on Saturday for an Evostik Premier Division match. The reverse fixture at The Chadwick Stadium in September saw Ferriby well-beaten and losing 0-5
Warrington’s league position owes a great deal to a solid defence rather than a free-scoring strike force. At home they have scored ten goals and conceded five. In the process they have won five, drawn two and lost two of their games.
Their last outing saw them win 2-0 at Marine with goals from Bohan Dixon and Tony Gray. Dixon and Jack Mackreth are the side’s leading scorers with seven goals apiece.
Ferriby’s defeat at home to Lancaster City last Saturday in front of a very small crowd was a massive disappointment coming as it did after a solid performance and win at Grantham the previous weekend. Unlike at Grantham, the defence lacked any real cohesion in the first-half and paid the price with two goals that should probably have been prevented.
The Villagers did put in a good second-half performance. They pushed Lancaster back for much of the half with Bradshaw controlling midfield. Tom Waudby and Jake Martindale created problems for the Lancaster defence but there were few chances.
There was further gloom for the club with injuries to Jack Mail and Jack Smith plus the last minute dismissal of Callum Harrison.
Ferriby are losing touch at the bottom of the table. The side is nine points from safety and, worryingly has played more games than all but the top two sides. A large negative goal difference adds to the problems of climbing out of the bottom three.
There is no real despair amongst the managers and players as they all believe that they are still capable of turning round the season.
There is no doubting the spirit, determination and attitude of the players but the overall lack of experience at this level still shows. Game management on the pitch is improving and fewer mistakes are being made. However, as tough game. Manager Paul foot has said, the game at this level is merciless and errors are very often punished.
After last Saturday’s game, Paul Foot commented,
““It’s not going to be rosy now until the end of April. They’ve got to forget last week. I think they perhaps came out thinking they were going to win again but it’s not that easy. We conceded sloppy goals again.”
Looking to Saturday, Foot comments,
“This week’s training has gone well with more defensive work done plus working on the attackers.
Warrington is going to be a tough game but as I always say, if we approach the game in the right manner then I believe this group can get something. There’s a lot more fight and determination in the side. I think as the weeks have gone by the supporters are starting to see this.”
Foot has some selection problems ahead of Saturday’s game. Mail will be out until after Christmas as he has a 10 centimetre gash in one of his legs. Ben Leyland, Callum Harrison and Josh Vickers are suspended. Jack Smith, despite last Saturday’s injury, should be fit. On-loan signing Luke Hogg will also be in the squad.
Goalkeeper Johnny Saltmer has started training again following an anterior cruciate ligament injury that has side-lined him so far this season. Alex Knox has left the club. Foot is still waiting to see if Alex Wollerton’s loan period from Leeds United will be extended.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Jordan Windass, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Josh Walker, Johnny Saltmer, Tom Waudby, Luke Hogg, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Lance Moyo, Callum Harrison, James Nichols,