4th Jan 2019 0:40:19 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Marine
Saturday 5 January 2019
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby play their first home game of 2019 when Marine visit The Chadwick Stadium for an Evostik Premier Division match. It was a miserable festive period for Ferriby as they lost all three games.
Those results saw the side more firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table and it is going to need something of a footballing miracle if the side is to avoid relegation.
The Villagers are 13 points from safety, with a large negative goal difference and to have any chance of staying up they will need to be unbeaten, and win most of their 17 remaining games.
The reverse fixture at Marine on the opening day of the season saw the sides battle out a 1-1 draw. It seemed a promising start but, in reality, it proved something of a false dawn. Since then, Ferriby have managed just two wins and three draws.
Marine won at Bamber Bridge on Boxing Day lost at Mickleover on December 29th and beat Lancaster at home on New Year’s Day. The two wins still leave Marine in the bottom three but they are 12 points ahead of Ferriby and just one point from the safety zone.
The Villagers were outclassed and outplayed at South Shields on Boxing Day. The most positive thing to come from the game was the fact that Ferriby managed toe score twice against a side that had previously conceded just two home goals.
The normal commitment and attitude was still evident from the players but those attributes, on their own, are not enough. The mistakes that have haunted the side all season were very much in evidence and there is still a great deal of naivety with the defending at times.
The side is capable of playing attractive and positive football but it is usually for short spells and opponents are rarely put under pressure for significant periods of time.
Manager Paul Foot has this to say about Saturday’s game,
“We host Marine and, while they are struggling themselves at the wrong end of the table like us, we have to concentrate on ourselves. If we perform like we have done in a number of our recent games, especially against Hednesford, there is no reason why we can’t get the victory.”
Gary Bradshaw’s suspension was served on New Year’s Day so he will be in the squad on Saturday.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Johnny Saltmer, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Josh Vickers, Tom Waudby, Luke Hogg, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Jordan Harrison, Mark Hutchinson