Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Integro League Cup First Round
Marske United v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 18 September
Ferriby make their first-ever visit to Marske United on Tuesday in the Integro League Cup.
Ferriby actually won the League Cup in each of their final two seasons when they were last in the Northern Premier League. The victory in 2012 has particular memories for Ferriby manager as he scored one of the goals in a 4-1 extra-time win over Rushall Olympic.
Assistant Manager Paul Robson played in each round the following season apart from the Final in which The Villagers beat Curzon Ashton on penalties.
Of the current Ferriby squad, Robson is the only one to have played a league cup tie.
It will be an interesting game at Marske against a side that won promotion to the NPL at the end of last season. The home side will obviously be looking for a win against their placed opponents.
Marske lost 1-3 at Wisbech Town on Saturday, their second defeat in five league games. They have won two of their three home games and drawn the other, scoring six goals and conceding none. They are currently in fifth place in the Evostik Division One East, just one point behind leaders Ossett United.
Clubs throughout the country often doubt how worthwhile the various league cup competitions are but Ferriby’s successive wins in 2012 and 2013 were the beginning of five years of continuous success for the club. It proved to the players and fans that the club was capable of winning trophies at that level and it gave added impetus to the club.
Ferriby go in to the game on the back of two draws. Despite keeping a clean sheet on Saturday at Lancaster, there was disappointment in the Ferriby camp at not coming back with all three points. It was a game that The Villagers could so easily have won.
Dan Norton crashed a shot on to the underside of the bar with the keeper well-beaten and it was the keeper who denied James Williamson when he pulled off a fine flying one-handed save on a shot that was heading for the top corner.
Bolder was in a fairly sanguine mood after the game, “The quality was not quite there today, nor the decision-making. But the things we can control like the work ethic and the team shape was very good. We’ve got to take as many positives as we can. The game was there for the taking, no question about that.
“The second-half was end to end with both sides having a couple of half-chances. We’re disappointed to come away from home and get only a point. Hopefully it means we are going in the right direction.
“The lads are deflated for only picking-up a point because they know it was there for the taking.
“It was small margins again, Dan’s shot hit the underside of the bard and I think we had three or four attacks where we were through and outnumbering them but we didn’t necessarily make the best decisions. We shot when perhaps we could have given the ball to somebody in a better position. But the lads are eager to do well and making decisions like that is understandable and it will come.”
As for Tuesday, Bolder has this to say,
”It will be a difficult game against a side that has just gained promotion, That always gives you a boost in to the new season. They’ve started reasonably well, especially at home and look like a side that could be difficult to break down. We will need to be patient.”
Bolder will almost certainly make changes to his squad for the game,
“Tuesday gives us the opportunity to play some of the lads who.ve not had many minutes recently to keep their match fitness and to kind of reaffirm their position in the starting line-up and the squad.
“League regulations mean we have to have eight regular players in the squad for Marske so we’ll manage that. It’s been a gruelling start to the campaign so far and I think if we can rest players and even prevent them from travelling it will be beneficial.”
The match on Tuesday will be played to a finish. If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will be decided on penalties. There is no longer any extra-time played in this competition.
Bolder should have is full squad to choose from on Tuesday, though as he says, a number of them will be rested, especially with a tough game against Scarborough coming up next Satyrday.
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, Kent Bannister