North Ferriby United v Curzon Ashton
National League North
Tuesday 19 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,
“It was disappointing to have the Curzon games cancelled twice but it was the correct decision because the pitch was unsafe on both occasions.
“We were fully prepared to play on both occasions but the extra time has been very beneficial both from a training point of view and the opportunity to allow a couple of players to recover injury and illness respectively.
“We have been working hard in training to ensure that the required levels are reached in every session undertaken which will then help with the transition in to matchdays.
“We have had a good number of training sessions for certain elements to be instilled in all the players, but we are aware that it will take time for a complete change in philosophies.”
“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.”
Captain Simon Russell,
We need to keep working hard and making sure we do everything we can to get that win which can kick-start 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.
Apart from striker Brett Agnew who is still suspended, Bolder should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Bobby Johnson, 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 Tuesday and from North Ferriby Post Office during the week.