North Ferriby United v Brackley Town
Vanarama National League North
Saturday 12 August 2017
Eon Visual Media Stadium
Ferriby entertain Brackley Town at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday. It is The Villagers third game of the season and they will be looking for their first point and goal.
It has been a disappointing beginning for The Villagers. They produced a poor performance at Curzon Ashton last Saturday. The performance against Harrogate Town in midweek was much better, especially in the first-half, but Ferriby still went down to a two-goal defeat.
Although it is still early days in the season, the problems of last season are still evident. Defensive errors are punished and chances are wasted in front of the opponents goal. This is due, at least in part, to the number of changes that the management team of Steve Housham and Darryn Stamp have had to make during the close season. It always takes time for side to bed down.
Ferriby do have a relatively experienced defence and once they are more familiar with each other’s play they should perform better as a unit.
The experience of Russ Fry and Simon Russell in central midfield should also be a big help in pushing the team forward The pace of Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi and Joel Ambalu is more than enough to unsettle defences and create chances. It waits to be seen which of them actually carries the biggest goal-threat.
Manager Steve Housham comments,
“On Tuesday night against Harrogate I thought defensively we did well. The performance was an improvement from the Curzon Ashton fixture .I would have liked us to keep the ball better, but the effort was there.
“Football is about key chances and if Alberto scores his opportunity on the stroke of half-time, it’s a different game.
“Harrogate eventually got through our back line and I had no argument with the penalty and you
could see the heads go a bit. We then conceded from another set-piece, but I saw a better improvement from the lads and they need to not drop from those standards.
“On Brackley who have who have started with two wins, so it’s going to be another difficult test for us, but I’ve said to the lads if teams beat us I want to make sure that they have been in a tough game.”
Skipper Steve Brogan talks in similar terms,
“I thought on Tuesday night we responded well against Harrogate .The team gave everything, but came up just short in the end losing 2-0 in appalling conditions. I’m confident that the group we have
will be fine this season and hopefully three points against Brackley Town can kick start our season. Brackley have started the new term very well, but here at home we need to make it as difficult as we can for teams to come and pick points up.”
As Brogan and Housham point ot, Brackley have started their season with a 2-1 home win over FC United of Manchester then won 3-1 at AFC Telford United on Tuesday. They will travel to Ferriby with some confidence.
The Villagers will be without Jake Picton who is serving the last of a three match ban for an offence at previously club Frickley. Mark Gray begins a three game suspension for his dismissal at Curzon on the opening day. Eddie Rogerson is injured whilst Mitch Langton is still awaiting international clearance following his spell in the United States.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Steve Brogan, Jordon Cooke, Kojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Russell Fry, Danny Emerton, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Leigh Hutchinson