Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Farsley Celtic
Saturday 17 November 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain fourth-placed Farsley Celtic at The Chadwick Stadium on Saturday an Evostik Premier Division match. It is going to be another testing game for The Villagers. It is getting to the stage now where Ferriby must start winning games. Due to their goal difference they are, in reality, nine points away from safety. To add to the worries is the fact that all the teams above have played fewer games.
Fans who attended the Stafford Rangers game were given vouchers to allow them in to Saturday’s game for half-price. It is hoped that they will take advantage of this. The players deserve the support of the fans. Whilst the fans may not be happy with the owners there is a distinction between the club and the team. Fans, and this applies at most clubs, view the team and the club as one entity. However, clubs at all levels need to be run as businesses and this can sometimes be at odds with funding and developing a team.
Like Ferriby, Farsley also played in midweek, winning 4-0 at Carlton town in a FA Trophy replay. Farsley have won three, drawn one and lost two away from home in the league. They have score 12 goals and conceded nine in those games. Their main goal threat comes from James Spencer but they have players throughout the time who all chip in with goals.
The Villagers come into the game following a 1-0 win at Hall Road Rangers in the East Riding Senior Cup on Tuesday. Ferriby were not at their best but a determined and committed performance saw them go through with a late goal from James Williamson.
Manager Paul Foot commented afterwards,
“I’m obviously pleased and relieved to get the win. We were fortunate in that they seemed to be more up” for the game and they were on top for long periods of the game. However, credit to the lads for knuckling down and putting in a gritty performance. Sometimes you have to grind out a result and that’s what we did tonight. We’ve played better this season, even in the short time I’ve been here, and had nothing to show at the end of the game.”
“Will the result begin to change our season? I don’t know the answer to that but it should give us some confidence for the Farsley game.”
Ferriby will certainly need to perform better against Farsley than on Tuesday. At the very least they will need to show the same determination to “tough it out” when it is not going well. Hall Road dominated the first-half and should really have been in front by the interval. However some determined defence, especially Williamson and Jack Mail. Foot had paired them for this game knowing that skipper James Piercy cannot play against Farsley.
One has to have sympathy for Foot’s side. They have rarely been totally outplayed this season. Indeed they have put in some good performances against some of the best sides in the division. However, there are obvious issues that the players themselves have to deal with. Too many unnecessary freekicks and penalties are conceded and these often lead to the side conceding goals.
Players also need a greater awareness of what is happening around, especially from opposition set-pieces where opponents are often left unmarked. Again, this leads to goals being conceded.
At the other end of the pitch there has been a lack of luck but there also seems, at times, a reluctance from shoot from what appear to be good positions.
The answer to both the above issues comes down, to a large, extent, to player management of the game on the pitch. No matter how much Foot and his coaching team say, explain and exemplify what is needed during training sessions and in pre-match preparation, it is largely beyond their control once the game starts.
Ferriby skipper James Piercy remains positive despite the side’s overall form,
With Paul Foot at the helm, the main difference is that he wants us to play more directly which we are now trying to implement in our games. We are on a very tough run at the minute, but one thing that has been constant is the lads’ belief, that, and we all do believe, we can turn this run of results around and climb up this league.
“Many of the results have been a case of fine margins and read a lot worse than how the game actually panned out and key moments in games have not gone our way of late.”
Foot adds this,
“I have had four games in charge now and my main priority is getting the shape of team in order and playing higher up the field. The defence needs to be brave and not sit back, too. The lads need to believe in themselves and also have a bit more game management themselves on the pitch.
“We know Farsley are going to be tough to beat on Saturday. They have some very good and experienced players. However, they showed that they are not infallible with the home draw against Carlton last Saturday. That was a game they would have expected to win and they didn’t. We have to make life hard for them on Saturday.
“I’d also like to say this to our fans, please come and support me and the team like they have always supported me.”
Gary Bradshaw is available, coming on as a substitute at Hall Road. Dan Nichols and James Piercy are both suspended.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, Joe Lamplough, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Jordan Harrison, Johnny Saltmer, Tom Waudby, Alexander Wollerton, Lance Moyo