NFU v Bradford PA (NLN 17-18)

North Ferriby United  v Bradford Park Avenue
 Vanarama National League North
Saturday 11 November  2017
 Kick-off 3.00pm

Ferriby return to The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday for a Vanarama National League North fixture against Bradford Park Avenue. Bradford are currently 10th in the league table with 23 points. They will certainly be in high spirits after beating high-flying Blyth Spartans 4-1 last weekend.

There is always something of an edge to Ferriby’s games against Bradford and Saturday’s will probably be no exception. Former Ferriby player Wayne Brooksby will most likely be facing his former club.

Bradford’s main goal threat comes from Adam Boyes and Oli Johnson who both have seven goals. Bradford’s win over Blyth was their first in six games.

Despite last week’s point at Southport, Ferriby remain at the foot of the table. However the performance in Lancashire will have  given them some confidence. It was a solid and professional all-round team display.

Mark Gray gave The Villagers the lead after 30 minutes but Southport recovered to be in front after 51 minutes. To Ferriby’s credit, the players got their heads back up and gained a deserved equaliser, and a point, through a Kuda Muskwe goal. This is the attitude which is needed for the rest of the season if the team is to have any chance of climbing the table.

Gray was delighted with his first goal of the season,
“It felt great to get mu first goal of the season. I normally chip in with a few goals from set pieces over the season.

“The formation on Saturday felt good. The lads give everything no matter what formation we play but with the quality wingers we have, it means they can pick the ball up higher up the pitch and cause problems for defences.

“We need to keep working hard and fighting for every point.”

Manager Steve Housham commented after the game,
“I’ve told the players that the point was a result of hard work.

“One of the pleasing aspects was that our heads didn’t go down after we conceded the two goals. We looked more confident today. We were solid at the back and created opportunities.”

Looking towards the Bradford game, Housham says,
“We now have to make sure that last Saturday’s performance is taken in to the Bradford game.

“Darryn,  myself, and the group have been working on and trying to solve our problems. We have been working harder with the players to drill into them the importance of working hard no matter how the game is going.

“We need to make sure we work hard for each other, but a key factor we have been working on is the team spirit. Last season we had one of the best team spirits I have seen in a squad and it helped us get a lot of points. Yes, we have a new set of lads this season and a lot of them are young, but some are very quiet and sometimes frightened [of making mistakes]. But we have worked on that and hopefully we can pick up some valuable points with great togetherness and team spirit.

“I don’t just mean the players we, as a club, need to show that togetherness and fight all the way in a positive manner.”

With Hull City having no game, it is hoped that a lot of City fans will go to the Eon Visual Media Stadium and support Ferriby. Ferriby also need their regular fans back through the turnstiles. To echo Housham’s comment everybody connected with the club needs to pull together.

There will be a period of silence before the game to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Housham will be without Danny Emerton and Joe Pugh who have a long-term injuries. Bobby Johnson is doubtful due to illness. Jake Skelton was a late withdrawal last weekend following a fall at home. Hopefully, he will be fit for Saturday. New signing Luke Loftus, a midfielder who has been in Hill City’s youth side, will be added to the squad.

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


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