Macclesfield Town v NFU (NL)

National League

Macclesfield Town v North Ferriby United

Saturday 1 October 2016

 Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Ferriby travel to Macclesfield Town on Saturday for a testing game against The Silkmen.

Last Saturday’s defeat at home to fellow strugglers Southport was a big blow for The Villagers. A win would have seem them leap up the Vanarama National League table. The bottom half of the division is a tight affair but Ferriby do need to start picking-up some points.

The major problem for Ferriby is scoring goals. They have netted only six in their 12 games so far. This had had a major effect on results because most of their defeats have been narrow ones. A goal for The Villagers in most of those games could have seen them come away with either one point or all three.

Ferriby’s defence has generally been sound but it has been punished for mistakes and there does need to be some tightening up.

Manager Steve Housham was very critical of his side after the Southport match,

“It was a missed opportunity and that makes it even more disappointing. We are now in a right scrap and we have to play ourselves out of it.

“We did not look fit today. The players gave me and themselves very little today.”

 Ferriby have competed well in most of their games and a bit of luck could see a change in fortunes. When you compare the number of goals that Ferriby have conceded to those conceded by a large number of other clubs there is little to choose. It really is down to the lack of fire-power. Against Saturday, apart from a Jake Skelton header, Ferriby’s only on-target efforts came from Reece Thompson. It must be both perplexing and worrying for Steve Housham.

Macclesfield are third in the table with four wins and two defeats in their six home games. In those games they have scored 12 goals and conceded five. They beat Guiseley last Saturday and defeated Wrexham 3-0 at home in midweek.

It will be tough for The Villagers on Saturday but as Housham comments,

“Fitness away from home has been good and we played well at Dagenham and Gateshead. [On Saturday] we are hoping for a good reaction from the players.”

Housham, his management team and players have all contributed to the cost of a supporters’ coach for the game at Macclesfield. They will be wanting to give those fans something more than just a subsidised trip.

Curtis Bateson is out for around two months with a hernia. Danny Clarke has a foot injury which will, hopefully have cleared-up in time for Saturday. Vinny Mukendi missed las Saturday through illness.

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



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