NFU v AFC Telford United (NL 17-18)

 North Ferriby United  v AFC Telford United
 Vanarama National League North
Saturday 21 October  2017
 Kick-off 3.00pm
The Eon Visual Media Stadium

Ferriby return to Vanarama National League North action on Saturday after a two week break. AFC Telford United will be the visitors to the Eon Visual Media Stadium

AFC Telford United are in a reasonably comfortable mid-table position with 18 points. Their away record is better than their home one. AFC Telford United  have won four of their six away games so that should provide some sort of warning to Ferriby. The visitors have scored nine goals and conceded four in their six away games so it could be a tight game on Saturday. They have yet to draw a league game this season.

The Bucks will be on something of a high as they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup last Saturday with a 3-1 win over FC United of Manchester.

Ferriby occupy bottom spot and face becoming cast adrift of the clubs above them.  The Villagers now need at least two or three wins to give themselves a chance of climbing out of the bottom three. They also need to start winning games by clear margins as well in order to improve their goal difference. Both will be tall orders in what is proving to be a highly competitive division.

Ferriby will have taken some heart from their draw with FC United of Manchester in their last game. Manager Steve Housham comments,

“The FC United game saw us put in a positive performance and it was a game wher we scored some goals.

“On a negative point, we were disappointed to score three goals and only get a point out of the game.

“It was the first home game for our fans to see the new lads from Rotherham United [Kuda Muskwe, Darnelle Bailey-King and Mason Warren] and I’m delighted with the way they have settled in.”

Housham has been unfortunate with injuries to his squad and that has made it difficult to field a settled side but the addition of the three new players should help in  both creating competition for places  and in strengthening the squad.

Housham continues,

“In training, every member of the squad has been superb and are all fighting to win a starting place which bodes well for future  games.

“We need to carry the training sprit in to the Telford game. They are a good side and have done well away from home, in particular. So, we need to be right all over the park to get the result we want.
“In our last two games we have looked a threat in terms of scoring but, yet again, our frailties are in conceding goals. That’s something we have been working on as a group in training sessions.

“After the enforced breaks in recent weeks, our season really gets under way again. We can’t afford to drop further behind the clubs above us. If we can put a few points on the board it will soon put pressure on those clubs.”

Housham is right to take some comfort from his players ability to create chance is n the last two games. Against both Stockport and FC United, Ferriby actually scored goals and forced the opposing keeper in to making saves.

Defensive frailties have cost goals and Housham and Darryn stamp will have been emphasising to the team that every player has defensive responsibilities once the opposition has the ball.

Housham will be without Danny Emerton and Joe Pugh who have a long-term injuries. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Mason Warren, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Russ Fry,  Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi, Kuda Muskwe,  Akeel Francis, Yannick Gomes, Darnelle-Bailey-King



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