North Ferriby United v Gainsborough Trinity
National League North
Tuesday 17 April 2018
Kick-off 7.45 pm
Ferriby will go in to the game with Gainsborough looking for a win. Victory for Ferriby will could mean almost relegation for Gainsborough. Given the importance of the game to Gainsborough and the fact that there is not always a lot of love lost between the two sides it could be an interesting evening.
There will be a number of familiar faces in the Gainsborough squad with probably four former Ferriby players lining-up against The Villagers
The reverse fixture at Gainsborough at the end of August saw Ferriby lose 0-2. Looking at Gainsborough’s away form they have won two, drawn three and lost 14 games. They have scored 11 goals and conceded 40.
Gainsborough go into the game on the back of an excellent 1-0 home win against York City on Saturday. It was an even more impressive result than it may seem as Trinity played much of the game with just 10 men. It was a vital but one that still leaves Trinity in the bottom three. They are four points from safety with just three games to play. Their goal difference effecitively means they need at least five points from their remaining three games if they are t have any chance of avoiding relegation.
That win for Gainsborough was only their third in 12 games with the other nine being lost, though mainly narrowly. Interestingly, and perhaps frustratingly for Gainsborough, is the fact that those three wins have all been against promotion-chasing sides. Saturday’s win will give them confidence but it will still be a tense time for them at The Eon Visual Media Stadium.
With Saturday’s game at Spennymoor being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Ferriby should go into Tuesday’s game quite refreshed. Saturday’s postponement means that Ferriby’s last game was the home defeat to Stockport.
Ferriby put in a reasonable display that day but could have no complaint about the final score.
Bolder commented after the game,
“I think for certain parts of the game we were very competitive. In some elements of the game we are still making fundamental mistakes. There were certain things we could have done to prevent individual goals. We started well and conceded a sloppy goal then gave away a needless free-kick.
“Being positive, we were very competitive for large sections of the game. I think they knew they were in a game. They caused us lot of problems on set pieces but in open play they didn’t cut us open too often.
“At times we caused them problems but it didn’t always work.”
Looking towards Tuesday, Bolder has this to say.
“It was disappointing to have the Spennymoor game postponed, especially so late. You prepare the players for a game and it’s disappointing for everybody when games are cancelled.
“There is no immediate pressure on our players going in to the Gainsborough game. It will a good experience for the players playing against a side that desperately needs a victory. They will need to respond to Gainsborough’s attitude to the game. We also have to be professional. We have to play to win even if a win for us could mean almost certain relegation for Gainsborough.
“These lads are acquitting themselves given where they have come from and they are not disgracing themselves by any stretch of the imagination. These experiences are invaluable.
“Recent results have not quite gone for Gainsborough recently but their performances have been quite strong. I’ve watched quite a lot of videos of them and they are improving under Lee Sinnot and John Reed. They are becoming more difficult to beat and they beat a very good side in York on Saturday. That will give them confidence but they also know they have to take something from the game if they are to looking at avoiding relegation from this league. That type of pressure can either make or break a side.
“We cannot let that affect us. We need a win to maintain the progress we are making as players and as a team. It’s important to finish the season as strongly as we can. The players have to show that they have the desire and the ability to be part of next season’s squad. That should be a big incentive for them.
Bolder should have virtually all his squad to choose from. Brett Agnew is likely to miss the rest of the season. AJ George and Lewis Collins have returned to Mansfield Town following their loan periods.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jack Smith, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Jordon Cooke, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Paul Robson, Luke Lofts, George Harrison, Jamie Forrester, James Piercey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls, Alex Bannister