Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Lancaster City v North Ferriby United
Saturday 15 September
Ferriby make their first-ever visit to The Giant Axe when they play Lancaster City on Saturday. It will be the second time the clubs have met each other. The only previous game was an FA Cup tie at Grange Lane in 1996 which The Dolly Blues won 2-0.
Lancaster have had a poor start to the season and are bottom of the table with just one point gained in a home draw with Bamber Bridge. Their six other league games have ended in defeat. Lancaster have scored five goals in their league games and conceded 17. They lost 0-2 at South Shields but apparently put in a very creditable performance.
They parted company with manager Phil Brown earlier in the week and Craig Stanley is the interim manager at the time of writing.
If Ferriby fans think that they may have a somewhat easier ride against a side that is experiencing problems both on and off the pitch, then Ferriby boss Chris Bolder does not see it that way,
“Losing your manager can work two ways. Inevitably when there is a change of manager or a caretaker manager you get a change in performance. It always happens. You always get a reaction and you have players who’ve not necessarily been in favour with the last manager. You get somebody coming in with new ideas and all of a sudden it does change. We can’t read anything in to how their season has panned out so far.”
Ferriby go in to the game on the back of a good performance against Grantham Town on Tuesday night.
With five minutes of normal time left, it looked like Ferriby were going down to a defeat as they were two goals behind. The second-half had belonged almost wholly to Ferriby apart from the two goals that Grantham scored. The Villagers had ten attempts on goal in total and were denied by the woodwork and good goalkeeping.
However, with five minutes left, Jack Mail powered in a header from Charlie Dunkerley’s corner to give some hope.
This spurred Ferriby even more and Lofts had a shot well saved one-handed by the diving Theo Richardson.
The deserved equaliser came in added time. Lofts’ shot was deflected in to the goal off a defender but it was the piece of luck that The Villagers’ deserved on the night. The response of Lofts and his team mates, who had trouble catching him, showed how much it meant to everybody.
Needless to say, Bolder was a happy man after the game,
“The response these lads have shown tonight is admirable because they were down on Saturday and after the Warrington game. It shows tremendous character and the pleasing thing for us is that when we get it right we are a real match for anybody in this division.
“The lads are so determined and desperate to be a success at this level. I think the second-half tonight really epitomised what we are trying to achieve here and it was in evidence for everyone to see.
“To go two-nil down and the response the lads showed, I’m still in disbelief that we didn’t win the game. Though at two-nil down I’d have snapped your hand off for the draw.
“I thought a goal had to come with the pressure we exerted at corners and shots on goal.
“We’ve got a fantastic group of young men and the way they are going about their business both on and off the field is top class.
“Of course, we need to get that consistency but we have to remember how young and inexperienced these lads are.
“The start to the season has been a real tough one in terms of the demands on the lads’ bodies and I think, at times, they are just out on their feet.
“People who’ve been here and seen snippets of our games know that we are not pushovers when we get it right. That’s the thing and the lads know that.
Luke Hinsley has left the club to join Ossett United.
Bolder should have is full squad to choose from on Saturday.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Ben Leyland, James Willliamson, Jack Smith, James Piercey, 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