Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Mickleover Sports v North Ferriby United
Friday 24 August
Ferriby play a rare Friday evening game when they travel to Mickleover Sports. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but Mickleover requested that it be brought forward due to a cricket match at the sports complex on Saturday.
It is a quick turn round for Ferriby but there is a slight upside to bringing the game forward as it provides an extra day before the Bank Holiday home game against South Shields.
Mickleover have started with two away games and, like Ferriby, have one point. The Derbyshire side is still without a goal having made a goalless draw at Stalybridge on Saturday and losing 0-2 at Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday.
There was disappointment at The Chadwick Stadium on Tuesday evening when The Villagers lost to Whitby Town to a goal in added time. Whilst Whitby always seemed to be the likely winners, Ferriby had defended well and their efforts deserved a point.
The biggest disappointment on Wednesday was the lack of fire-power and scoring opportunities up-front. The midfield battled hard with Luke Lofts causing problems for Whitby. Keeper Lewis Exall and the back four put in a good performance but first, James Nichols until he was injured, and then Dan Norton were often isolated in the striker’s role.
On the plus side, the side concede far fewer needless free-kicks and also made fewer unforced errors compared to the game at Marine.
Bolder had this to say after the game,
“Playing against strong sides you’ve got to accept that you’re going to be pressured on the first ball. You have to get it and put a couple of passes together to relieve the pressure. We got that slightly wrong tonight.
“It’s about learning from errors and putting things right.
“I don’t think we did enough to win the game but I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I think the game was there for the taking but we lacked that little bit of composure and quality at times.
Looking towards Friday’s game, Bolder continues,
“We need to look at how the lads are. If I’m honest, I thought we looked a little bit jaded at times. But we’ve got a big squad. There were lads who were not involved on Tuesday and Paul and I have to look at that and go with the squad that we feel will give us the best opportunity to go Mickleover and get something.
“They did well last season and it will be a tough game. They have some outstanding well and they did well on their own pitch last year. Again, it will be another tough test.
“We go to Mickleover on Friday knowing that we can improve. We will win games this season because of the spirit and attitude of the players.”
Ben Leyland will return to the squad after being unavailable on Tuesday. James Williamson made his debut on Tuesday in place of Leyland and will remain in the squad.There is a doubt as to whether James Nichols will be fit. Nichols was substituted in the first-half on Tuesday due to an ankle injury.
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, Eddie Rogerson, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Alex Bannister, Luke Lofts, James Nichols, Josh Walker