NFU v Gainsborough Trinity (NLN 17-18)

North Ferriby United v Gainsborough Trinity
 National League North
Monday 2 April 2018
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

After the disappointment of Friday’s defeat at Tamworth, Ferriby will be trying to deepen Gainsborough’s woes as the visitors attempt to escape relegation. 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 afternoon.

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 twelve games. They have scored 11 goals and conceded 37.

Trinity are having a difficult season. They are one place above Ferriby and three points from safety. In effect, though, there goal-difference is such that they are four points from safety. To add to their immediate predicament, they have played more games than the two sides immediately above them at the time of writing.

 A win is vital for them if they are to have any hope of being relegated for the first time in the club’s history.

Gainsborough go into the game on the back of an excellent 4-1 home win against Spennymoor on Friday. It was vital seeing as relegation rivals Tamworth, of course, beat Ferriby on the same evening. That win for Gainsborough was only their second in nine games with the other seven being lost, though mainly narrowly. The win will give them confidence but it will still be  a tense time for them at The Eon Visual Media Stadium.

Ferriby’s performance at Tamworth was disappointing after the way the side played against promotion-chasing Blyth and Salford the week before. The Villagers never really go going at Tamworth in a game played in incessant driving rain

Bolder commented after the game,
“I think we have to say we were well beaten tonight. I’ve said before that our players really need to be at full-tilt and we weren’t. Probably only  Bobby Johnson when he came on was the  only one who could say he was better than his opponent. We just weren’t good enough or competitive enough tonight.

“It disappointing to concede from three set-pieces. We’ve worked hard to deal with set-pieces and marking over recent months. It’s a bit like the Darlington performance which was a bit of a backward step.

Looking towards Monday’s game, Bolder has this to say,

“Recent results have not quite gone for Gainsborough  recently but there 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 the y beat a very good side in Spennymoor. So Monday will be another very tough encounter and a game Gainsborough will be desperate to get something from if they are to looking at avoiding from this league.

“Paul and myself will have a think about our tactics and line-up for Monday. We gave Lewis Exall a game at Tamworth. We need to be looking towards next season and we have to see players in match situations. Lewis did well at Tamworth and I can’t really fault him for any of their goals. Ross fully understood why we put him on the bench and he was really helpful to Lewis with advice and guidance.

“Similarly, we thought it was right to play James (Nichols) from the start. He is still learning the game at this level and developing his fitness. Given opportunities like the one tonight, he is always likely to score.

“We go into Monday’s game in a similar position to the one we were in after the defeat at Darlington. The players know they did not perform well and they will be keen to make amends. They will also be looking to give make it a second consecutive home win. Hopefully, we will get a decent crowd to urge them on.”

Bolder should have virtually all his squad to choose from.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant,  Lewis Exall,  Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Jordon Cooke, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Paul Robson, Luke Lofts, AJ George, Lewis Collins, George Harrison, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, James Piercey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls, Alex Bannister


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