Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Gainsborough Trinity v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Ferriby make the short trip to Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday. Both clubs were relegated from the National League North last season and have had somewhat contrasting starts to the current season.
Trinity have lost just one of their seven league games and have won all three home games, scoring nine goals and conceding three at home.
On Saturday, Trinity beat Halesowen 3-0 in the FA Cup and will, no, doubt be in buoyant mood. It will be a testing game for The villagers as there is always an enthusiastic and noisy crowd at The Martin & Co Arena.
In contrast, Ferriby have had a mixed start. Saturday’s home defeat to Scarborough was their fifth defeat in nine league games. The results do not necessarily tell the full story of Ferriby’s performances.
Five of the nine games have been against teams currently in the top six in the league table. That is a tough start for any side, especially one that contains so many players who are learning about the game at this level. The defeats have been narrow and The Villagers have shown that they can compete to a large extent with the best sides in the division.
Saturday’s game was a game of “déjà vu” for Ferriby and Scarborough fans as it was very similar to the game at Scarborough at the beginning of the month.
As in the first game, a fairly even first-half was followed by a second-half controlled by Scarborough who won with three goals in the final 20 minutes after falling behind.
Manager Chris Bolder gave a typically honest assessment after the game,
“The difference in their class players showed in the last 25 minutes. We have to concede possession against a team like this. We have to make sure we keep a strong collective unit shape. We were up against a strong outfit and we frustrated them again for a large part of the game.
“It was a reasonably even first-half but I think we had the better chances and could have been in front.
“Once we did get our noses in front we had a fantastic moment to go two up but unfortunately that didn’t happen and they equalised almost straight away.”
Looking to the Gainsborough game, Bolder added,
“Like all games in this division, it will be tough. We know that we have to be at our best for most if not all of the game if we are to take something from it. Gainsborough have started well but we will go their confident in our own ability. “
With no apparent injuries from Saturday’s game, So Bolder should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Ben Leyland, James Willliamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Paul Robson, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Luke Lofts, James Nichols, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson