NFU v Chester FC (NL)

National League

North Ferriby United v Chester FC

Tuesday 4th October 2016

 Kick-off: 7.45 pm

Ferriby entertain Chester on Tuesday in a game in which it is vital for The Villagers to collect at least a point. Saturday’s defeat left Ferriby in the relegation zone but it will only take a couple of wins to see them climb them the table.

The Villagers will go in to the game with some confidence after their performance at Macclesfield on Saturday. Ferriby may have finished pointless and goalless but they deserved something from the game as they pushed third-placed Macclesfield for much of the game.

The only goal of the game was a highly contentious penalty for what seemed  a perfectly good tackle by Mark Gray.  At the other end, Ferriby thought they should have penalty when Reece Thompson was fouled on the edge of the area resulting in a red card for John McCombe. The referee decided the contact was outside the area despite Thompson going down well inside.

Manager Steve Housham was full of praise for his side,

““I couldn’t fault the effort from the players. There were a lot of positives from the game. We created more chances and had more corners. Their keeper made a number of really good saves and that is frustrating.”

Ferriby have played six of the top nine clubs away from home and this should, perhaps, put their results in to some sort of perspective. Apart from the heavy defeat at Lincoln, Ferriby have not really looked out of their depth in their matches against the top clubs. With a bit more luck, they could have had points from a number of those games.

Housham continues,

“A couple of goals and points will make all the difference. Once again, we’ve played one of the top clubs and put in a good performance for no reward.”

Chester are 12th in the table, eight points ahead of Ferriby. They warmed-up for Tuesday’s game with a five-nil demolition at home to Dover on Saturday with all the goals coming in the second-half. Their position is based largely on their home form as they have drawn three and lost three of their six away games.

Housham again,
“We’re not going to let Chester’s result [against Dover] bother us too much. We’re preparing for Tuesday in high spirit – we just need to put the ball in the net. We need to show the home fans what we can do because we haven’t for the last two home games – we’re doing it away. It’s time to roll our sleeves up.”

loan debutant Kyle Wootton and Reece Thompson looked very lively as a striking partnership. They caused Macclesfield no end of problems and it will be no surprise if they retain their places in the starting eleven. They did everything but score on Saturday but that was not through any lack of effort.

Curtis Bateson is definitely out with a hernia problem. Danny Clarke is doubtful as he recovers from a foot injury. New signing Kyle wootton will retain his place in the squad. The on-loan Scunthorpe United striker played well on Saturday and was unlucky to see one effort come back off the bar.

Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray,  Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Middleton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton



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