NFU v Boston United (NLN 17-18)

North Ferriby United  v Boston United
 National League North
Saturday 20 January 2018
 Kick-off 3pm

Ferriby return to National League North action when they entertain Boston United on Saturday. The Villagers lost the reverse fixture 2-1 September. The Villagers took the lead that night but lost to a 90th minute Jay Rollins goal. It was a harsh result for Ferriby who had played well.

It really is looking bleak for Ferriby. With just 17 games left to play, they area 21 points from safety. The side is still dogged with the defensive errors that have been on display all season. This is frustrating for manager Chris Bolder who does have the side playing with more confidence than previously. The side has played some good football in recent games but goals are still not being scored which means keeping clean sheets is vital.

Everybody was disappointed with the performance against Alfreton. Going in to the game there was a feeling that The Villagers would take something from the game.

After the match, Bolder commented,
“I’m very disappointed with the result.  I was optimistic of getting something from today. We almost took the lead early on but then conceded in their first attack.

“We can’t concede two goals in six-yard box at this level. We have got to defend better and markers have to be aware of their opponents. We had almost the same number of free-kicks and corners as them but we got no free headers at set pieces; they did.

“People are given roles  and responsibilities and they have to make the right decisions.”

To their credit, Ferriby kept trying to play constructive football but they offered little threat to the Alfreton goal. Brett Agnew and Carl Stewart look promising up-front but they are a new partnership in what is virtually a new team and it is going to take time for everything to gel.

Ferriby’s supporters may be resigning themselves to a second successive relegation but they will still be looking for their side to display commitment and effort. They would also like to see players learning from their mistakes.

Boston were struggling on the edges of the relegation zone for the first third of the season both they are now in a run of good form with just one defeat in their last nine league games. That run has seen them climb to 12th in the table and has given them a little bit of daylight from the bottom three, Even so, the gap is only six points so The Pilgrims will be keen to pick-up all three points on Saturday.

Boston have been scoring goals of late but they also concede on a regular basis and have, in fact, only one more clean sheet than Ferriby.

Boston are likely to field two familiar faces against Ferriby, defender Ben Middleton and striker Reece Thompson.

Looking towards Boston, Bolder has this to say,

"I'm really looking forward to the game on Saturday, hopefully we can continue to make progress to creating our team identity. Games against Boston have always been big occasions and one where both sets of supporters have created a good atmosphere"

 “Boston have been on a very good run of form since the new manager has come in. He has

brought in several players to boost his squad and they are now unbeaten in their last six

outings, winning five of these.

“This just goes to show that a positive run of results is possible in this league, as prior to this,

Boston found themselves towards the foot of the table. They have some familiar faces in their ranks,

both players that have played for North Ferriby and players I have played with.

They have added some good defenders and are a threat going forward, with Reece

Thompson and Ashley Hemmings, so it will be good challenge for us today”

"It is difficult for us at the minute with so many changes in personnel but we will give the best with what we have available. We have a few team selection issues to solve with suspensions / departures in key areas, but this does give chances for others to show what they can do"

Bobby Johnson misses the game through suspension following his red card against Alfreton a fortnight ago. Jake Skelton and  Callum Rzonca have both left the club and Joel Ambalu is likely to follow suit. Bolder’s squad now contains just four  players that were in the 16 players on the team-sheet for the opening game of the season at Curzon Ashton.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant,  Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Adam Bolder, Luke Lofts, George Harrison, Sam Ansu, Carl Stewart, Jorome Slew, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, Alex Davidson

Hull City season pass holders can gain admission for £5 on production of their pass. Ferriby full season pass holders can bring in a friend for the same £5.

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