New opponents as Ferriby travel to Basford United

Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Basford United  v North Ferriby United
Saturday 3 November  2018
Kick-off  3.00 pm

Ferriby return to Evostik Premier Division action on Saturday with a visit to Nottinghamshire side Basford United. It will be the first time that the clubs have met. Basford are one of the increasing number of teams that play on an artificial pitch.

The Villagers desperately need to kick-start their league season. They are bottom of the table and six points from safety. That it is not an insurmountable task at this stage of the season but Paul Foot’s side need to start finding wins. The last league outing at Buxton was encouraging with the team gaining a well-deserved point.

Since that game there have been a number of player changes and it may take time that the side does not really have to start playing as a unit. The display at South Shields in the FA Trophy was disjointed and  the team was well-beaten.

It was not the start that new manager Paul Foot wanted,

“What I saw today is what I’ve been told has been happening all season. It was men against boys out there. We lack experienced players on the pitch and I’ll be looking to bring some in.

“The back-four was all over the place and we left too many spaces all over the place. Joe [Lamplough, assistant manager] both lost our voices shouting at players to do certain things. The players have got to learn to talk to each other on the pitch and make each other aware of what is happening.

“The players have got to get used to playing with an experienced player like Gary [Bradshaw]. I want them to squeeze-up but because they have been losing most weeks they are worried about squeezing-up and conceding goals. I’ve got to get that belief in them. When we did it towards the end, the ball was going through to Lewis [Exall].

“The players have got to learn to talk to each other on the pitch. They are young boys and I don’t know if they’ve really been taught how to do that but it’s something we will be working on. If another player has told them to do something then they need to taking notice of that and acting on it.”

Tom Waudby and Alexander Wollerton made their debuts and club record scorer Gary Bradshaw returned after a five year absence. Bradshaw’s experience was evident as he made life uncomfortable for the Shields’ defenders but he lacked support.

 This, in part, is due to the inexperience of the players around him. Unfortunately, he may be unfit for Saturday’s game. Manager Paul Foot is aware that experienced players is what he needs,

“Unfortunately, there’s not enough experience to guide these players while they’re on the pitch so we have to hope they take on board as much as they can in training and take it into games. The biggest thing I look at is how I can get it across to the lads.

“When I played we always had some really experienced players alongside us and that helped the younger players a great deal. I’M obviously looking to get some more experience players in but that’s not an easy thing to do.”

Basford are currently in 3rd place in the table, largely because of their home form.  They have won seven and lost just one home league game, scoring 27 goals and conceding 11.Their leading scorer is Nathan Watson with 12 goals but he is well supported by Matthew Thornhill and James Reid who each have six.

They  beat Matlock 1-0 at home in the Integro League Challenge Cup on Monday. Last Saturday they won 2-1 away at Cambridge City in the FA Trophy.

Foot knows his team faces another tough game on Saturday,

 “Basford have a good home record but we all have to believe that we can go there and cause what many would see as an upset.

“I know that the team has been unlucky in recent games and that they have lost games they could have won on the day. Perhaps, again, that is down to inexperience and making the right decisions on the pitch.

“I just need to work on the defence getting out quicker and the lads tagging on to their players and not letting players run off them.

It is difficult to know if the fuss surrounding the off-field proposals to relocate and re-name the club are having an effect. However, whatever the fans feelings towards the owners, the team still deserves their backing at games.

The fact remains that the club needs more income from sponsors and people attending the games as there are still financial issues to be resolved.

Foot should have a full squad to choose from with the possible exception of Bradshaw.

Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Jordan Harrison, Johnny Saltmer, Tom Waudby, Gary Bradshaw, Alexander Wollerton



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