Leamington v NFU

 Leamington v North Ferriby United  
 Vanarama National League North
Saturday 28 October  2017
 Kick-off 3.00pm

Ferriby travel to Leamington on Saturday for a Vanarama National League North fixture. Leamington are currently 17th in the league table with 16 points.

Admission to the game is “Pay what you want”.

Leamington started the season with a win but followed that with six consecutive defeats. Since then they have turned round their season and are currently unbeaten in six games. They include a win against Salford City and draws against York and at league leaders Harrogate Town last Saturday.

If Ferriby can look to something positive going in to the fixture it is Leamington’s home form. The Warwickshire side have won just one and drawn one of their seven home games.

Ferriby remain rooted to bottom spot and are in serious danger of being cast adrift of the clubs above them.  The Villagers really need to find two or three wins to give themselves a chance of climbing out of the bottom three.  With a very poor goal difference, they also need to start winning games by clear margins as well in order to improve their goal difference. On current form both seem difficult targets.

Last Saturday’s home defeat to AFC Telford United was a blow for Ferriby. They did not play well as a team and rarely troubled Telford’s defence. Had The Villagers shown the form that they displayed in their previous two games they could have gained something from the game as Telford’s defence did not really inspire a lot of confidence. However, Ferriby created very few chances  and paid the price.

Manager Steve Housham commented,

“It’s frustrating. We have not got any sort of consistency. Against Stockport and FC United we finally looked as if we could create good chances and score goals but today we had little threat.

“Mason’s sending-off did not help because it is difficult to chase a game when you are a man down. The players also said that the ball hit his chest but the officials saw it differently.

“We have to go to Leamington believing that we can take something from the game. They have had some good results recently but their home form should give us some confidence. We need to be strong defensively, and that means all 11 players, not just the keeper and the back-four.”

With Darnelle Bailey-King and Kuda Muskwe, Housham has two players who have the pace to tear defences apart. He also has a midfield that is capable of providing them with the sort of service they need. Goals will also take pressure off the defence and give them more confidence as well.

Housham will be without Danny Emerton and Joe Pugh who have a long-term injuries.  Mason warren is suspended following his red card last Saturday against TelfordThe club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Russ Fry,  Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi, Kuda Muskwe,  Akeel Francis, Yannick Gomes, Darnelle-Bailey-King



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