North Ferriby United v Chorley
Vanarama National League North
Saturday 9 September 2017
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Ferriby entertain Chorley on Saturday in the first of two home games in four days. It is vital that Ferriby take points from both of these games. By the end of the two games, the season will be just over a quarter of the way through and The Villagers cannot afford to be adrift at the bottom of the Vanarama National League North.
Whilst there will be still plenty of games to play, no club wants to be playing catch-up at this stage of the season.
Ferriby have shown some good form in recent games. However, that form has to start putting some goals in the back of opponents’ nets.
Chorley are seven points ahead of Ferriby after nine games. Chorley have won one, drawn one and lost two of their away games and have score just two goals on their travels. The Magpies started the season poorly but are now unbeaten in four games. They had an impressive 4-1 win over Darlington on Tuesday so will, no doubt, be coming in to the game with some confidence.
The Villagers produced a good performance at Boston on Tuesday but, in the end, it was all to no avail. Joe Pugh put Ferriby ahead a few minutes before half-time only for Boston to equalise just after the interval.
It appeared that Ferriby were taking a point from the game until Jay Rollins scored in added time to grab all the points for Boston.
Once again, it was lack of fire power that proved to be Ferriby’s undoing. The Villagers defence and midfield can probably compete with most defences in this division but the side still appears to lack a couple of strikers who are both capable of scoring double figures. Ferriby’s strikers are skilful and maybe scoring a few goals could give them the confidence to provide the attacking strength that The Villagers need.
“It was bitterly disappointing to come away with nothing. The players gave everything and we deserved a point at the very least.
“I still believe that with more performances like that, we will turn the corner.
“The next two games are important and a couple of good results could really kick-start out league campaign ahead of the FA Cup.”
Housham is still beset with injury problems. Ferriby will be without Eddie Rogerson, Russ Fry, Danny Emerton and Steve Brogan who are still injured. Akeel Francis who is also doubtful. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton Kojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis
Ferriby will play their FA Cup tie with 1874 Northwich on Sunday 17 September with the usual 3pm kick-off. The game had had to be put back a day because 1874 groundshare with Winsford United. As Winsford are the landlords, their game on the Saturday takes precedence