North Ferriby United v Curzon Ashton
National League North
Saturday 16 December 2017
Ferriby and Curzon Ashton try again after last Saturday’s game was postponed due to a frozen pitch. This is the reverse fixture with The Nash won four-nil on the opening day of the season. Obviously, Chris Bolder was not in charge for that game but, even so, will be hoping his players can produce a much better performance than they did that day.
Curzon are 13th in the National League North, 18 points ahead of Ferriby. They will be eager for the points as they could be drawn in to a relegation fight in what is a tight situation in the bottom half of the table.
Curzon have won one and drawn four of their 10 away games so that will give some hope to a Ferriby side looking for its first home win of the season.
Ferriby manager Chris Bolder comments,
“Although Curzon have not won in their past four league games, they have shown already this season that they are capable of beating some good teams in the league.
“They have always been known as aside that likes to move the ball and they have brought in some players that they will be hoping gets them back to winning ways.
“Looking at their recent results it shows that the games have been very tight so we will be expecting a very tough encounter.”
Looking back to last Saturday’s game against Nuneaton, Bolder commented,
“Obviously we were disappointed with the final outcome but there were positives from the performance, especially the first 45 minutes.
“We showed a desire to want to work hard and compete for every ball which was pleasing and that must be present in all future games.”
Bolder is right to praise the players’ desire last Saturday. Sadly, that has not always been in evidence this season but Bolder is clearly determined that that will change. There have been games this season that The Villagers could have won or drawn if the desire and commitment had been there. There is not necessarily much to choose between most teams in the division which is why Bolder, and owner/Chairman have not given up on avoiding relegation. It will be something akin to a footballing miracle but teams do put winning runs together and Bolder’s team do have the ability to do that.
This is a view echoed by captain Simon Russell,
We need to keep working hard and making sure we do everything we can to get that win which can kickstart a run of results for us.
“Confidence is a factor after such a poor run of results, but only we [the players] can go out there an turn it around.
The manager has told us it’s a fresh start from now and we have to believe, like he does, that we can get out of this situation.”
The players need the fans to get them behind them and the fans will do that if they see effort on the pitch. With some new incentives to increase attendances, it is hoped that Ferriby supporters will come back to the club and support the new owner and manager.
There was a different atmosphere in the ground last Saturday. Even though Ferriby went down, they battled to the end and that is important. Everybody realises that changing things round will take time and that there may be some more hiccups on the way but there is an expectation and hope around the club now, something that has been missing this season.
New striker Brett Agnew is suspended. Bobby Johnson is almost certainly out following a knee injury received last Saturday. Hopefully, he will be for fit for the Harrogate fixture in a wwk’s time. Callum Rzonca is available for selection again. Mason warren’s loan contract has not been extended so he is not available. Strikers Carl Stewart and Sam Ansu will be new additions to Bolder’s squad. It is also hoped that the registration of defender Ben Clappison will be completed on Friday. If so, he will also be in the squad.
Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Mason Warren, Adam Bolder, Simon Russell, Luke Lofts, Joel Ambalu, Craig Nelthorpe, George Harrison, Callum Rzonca, Sam Ansu, Carl Stewart
The home game against York city on Boxing day is all-ticket. Tickets for that game will be on sale at the ground on Saturday.