NFU v FCUM (NLN 17-18)

 North Ferriby United  v FC United of Manchester
 Vanarama National League North
Saturday 7 October  2017
 Kick-off 3.00pm
The Eon Visual Media Stadium

Ferriby return to Vanarama National League North action on Saturday after a two week break. FC United of Manchester will be the visitors to the Eon Visual media Stadium for what will be a vital game for both clubs.

Both clubs are in the relegation places and both will see a win as being vital.  This is especially so for Ferriby who occupy bottom spot and face and who face becoming cast adrift of the clubs above them.

FC United are unbeaten in five games, but four of them have been in the FA Cup and included two away draws followed by two home wins. They drew 3-3 at Stockport County last Saturday before beating Stockport 1-0  in the replay on Wednesday. Both results were impressive. FC fought ack from 0-3 down in the first game and played for around 70 minutes of the replay with just nine men following two dismissals. 

Ferriby will be hoping that FC do not bring that spirit in to Saturday’s game!

Ferriby now need at least two or three wins to give themselves a chance of climbing out of the bottom three. They also need to start winning games by clear margins as well in order to improve their goal difference. Both will be tall orders in what is proving to be a highly competitive division.

The first-half performance at Stockport showed that Ferriby could be capable of a big improvement over the coming weeks but it is going to need commitment and a reduction in errors fom all over the field.

Kuda Muskwe, and Mason Warren made their debuts at Stockport and they made  big difference to Ferriby’s performance, especially going forward. Muskwe score The Villagers’ goal and Warren’s work in defence in both winning the ball and providing positive distribution going forward was impressive.

Manager Steve Housham has been unfortunate with injuries to his squad and that has made it difficult to field a settled side. Hopefully, the enforced rest will have allowed his squad to recuperate a little as well as allowing Housham and assistant Darryn Stamp to spend time with the players on tactics and organisation.

Housham looks forward to Saturday’s game with his usual forthrightness,

“In some ways we have to look at Saturday’s game as being a new start. The break may have done us some good. Minor niggles and injuries have had time to heal and, hopefully, the players will feel refreshed.

“We’ve only played a quarter of the season but this is a massive game for us and the players have to respond. We can’t afford to drop further behind the clubs above us. If we can put a few points on the board it will soon put pressure on those clubs.

“The first-half performance at Stockport showed what the squad is capable of. We could so easily have taken the lead on a couple of occasions. For once, we forced the opposing keeper to make good saves. We have to show that intensity and skill level against FC United.

“It won’t be easy, they’ve been struggling but have found a little bit of form in recent games. That shows us that we can also do that. If we can stop conceding “easy” goals to the opposition we are more than capable of turning round our position.”

Housham will be without Danny Emerton who is likely to miss the next few months through injury. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton. Kuda Muskwe and Mason Warren may well make their home debuts following good performances at Stockport.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Mason Warren, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson,Russ Fry,  Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Kuda Muskwe,  Akeel Francis, Yannick Gomes, Darnelle-Bailey-King



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