Evostik Northern Premier League
Hyde United v North Ferriby United
Saturday22 December 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
After a fortnight off, Ferriby travel to tenth-placed Hyde United on Saturday for an Evostik Premier Division match. It is the first of three fixtures over the festive period. These games could define Ferriby’s season with the side eight points from safety at the bottom of the table.
There is still a belief at the club that the team can start putting a run of positive results together and begin to climb the table. However, time is running out for The Villagers and they really need to have a good set of results over Christmas and the New Year period.
Hyde will be keen to take the points as they seek to climb up towards the paly-off spots. Their home record may give Paul Foot’s side some home as it is somewhat mixed. They have won five, drawn one and lost four at home. They have scored 16 goals and conceded ten.
It is difficult to read Hyde’s results as they are not particularly consistent. Last Saturday they lost 1-2 at home to Nantwich Town but the week before, they won 2-0 at Scarborough Athletic. It is an inconsistency that shows how their season is going.
Hyde have a number of players who are capable of posing a goal threat including
Tom Pratt, Nicky Platt, Connor Simpson, Tom Greaves and Chib Chilaka.
Last Saturday’s break will have given Ferriby’s squad a much-needed rest and allowed players to recover from little niggles that they tend to carry at this point in a season.
Foot has also have had time to work with his squad,
“It’s been an intense two weeks of training. The lads have had some 11 v 11 games and been to boxing sessions to keep their fitness up. We’ve been working massively on positions and hoping that gets taken on-board. We’re just trying to cut out the mistakes that keep happening. That will only come about if we keep on and on about the positions and keep concentrating right through the game!
Not for the first time, Foot highlights what have been the sides weaknesses all season. The defeat at Warrington in the team’s last game highlighted, once again, the way in which opponents are gifted too many goals. Opposing teams have to be made to work harder to score their goals. The Villagers concede too many “soft” penalties and free-kicks around their own area and this puts pressure on them. Players also have to be more aware of where their opponents are in the penalty area as too many goals are scored by unmarked opponents.
“We know it will b another tough game on Saturday but we need a good result to take in to the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day games. We also want to give the fans something to cheer about over Christmas. It’s been a difficult season for them but they have been fantastic.”
Jack Mail is unavailable through injury and Gary Bradshaw is doubtful due to a hamstring problem. Josh Vickers sits out the second of a three match suspension. Callum Harrison and Ben Leyland return to the squad following suspension.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, 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, Callum Harrison, James Nichols