Gateshead v NFU (NL)

National League

Gateshead v North Ferriby United

Tuesday 13 September 2016

 Kick-off: 7.45 pm

Ferriby travel to Gateshead on Tuesday for a difficult looking National League game. The clubs have met before when they were both in the Northern Premier League.

The Villagers will be looking for their first away point of the season but it will not be easy. Ferriby go in to the game on the back of four straight defeats in which they have also failed to score.

Despite the run of defeats, Ferriby still lie in  20th place with seven points. As manager Stve Housham commented after the defeat to Maidstone United,
“The fact that we are still not in the bottom four is the only bonus from the game.”

Gateshead  are in 7th place in the Vanarama National League with 16 points, nine ahead of The Villagers.
Gateshead are unbeaten at home with three wins and a draw. They have scored 11 goals and conceded just two in their four home games so far. They won 4-1 at Braintree Town on Saturday. A warning there for Ferriby!

The lack of goals is worrying. It is tempting to say it is down to luck but you have to make that luck sometimes. On occasions, The Villagers fail to get the ball in to the opposition penalty area from good attacking positions. Consequently, this makes it easier for opponents to defend.

Also worrying at the moment is the fact that Ferriby are conceding goals early in each half all too often. Teams at this level do not need a head start. Housham again,
“We have emphasised the importance of being focused from the kick-off and the players are all too aware of this.
“We are a young team and the players are still learning but they need to learn quickly.”

Ferriby were a goal down at half-time but they had dominated the final 20 minutes of the half. Therefore, things looked promising for the second-half with Maidstone down to 10 men following the dismissal of Jack Evans just before half-time for  denying Reece Thompson a goal-scoring opportunity.

However, a second goal for the visitors after 49 minutes floored Ferriby and they were made to look second-best after that.

Housham again,
“That was our worst performance of the season. We actually looked a beaten team. We need to pick ourselves up for the Gateshead game on Tuesday.

Housham signed Reece Thompson, a striker from York city, last Friday and he made his debut as a substitute at Eastleigh. He provides another option up-front for Housham.

Curtis Bateson missed Saturday’s game with an injury but, hopefully, Housham will have his full squad to choose from against Gateshead.

Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Liam Slade, Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Middleton, Louis Bruce, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jordan Cooke, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson

The First Team players and managers are all contributing towards the cost of the Supporters’ Club coach to the game at Macclesfield Town on 1st October.

Places on the coach can be booked by signing the booking sheet at the club house or by contacting Anthony Wood on antjimw62@hotmail.co.uk


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