NFU v Harrogate Town (NLN17-18)

North Ferriby United v Harrogate Town
Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 8  August  2017
Eon Visual Media Stadium
 Kick-off 7.45pm

Steve Housham will be expecting his players to bounce back from Saturday’s heavy defeat  at Curzon Ashton.

Housham was disappointed with his side’s performance,

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after conceding those early goals.We were poor defensively today. All four goals were avoidable.”

To make matters worse, The Villagers also had Mark Gray sent-off for a rash tackle. The manager felt the decision which Housham was correct

Tuesday’s game marks a quick return to The Eon Visual Media Stadium for defender Ben Middleton who left Ferriby for Harrogate in the close season.

Harrogate started their season with a 4-0 home win over Nuneaton Town so they will travel with some confidence.

As one of the Vanarama National League North’s full-time sides, Harrogate are expected to amongst the clubs vying for promotion at the end of the season.

There were some good aspects to Ferriby’s performance at Curzon. As Housham said,

“On the positive side, we did play some good football and created chances. Their keeper made one great save that could have made a difference.

However, the game was all too reminiscent of last season: missed chances and conceding sloppy goals. Too many players were below par, the main exception being Danny Emerton who worked tirelessly from beginning to end and was easily The Villagers’ man-of-the-match. His team mates need to deliver that level of performance on Tuesday.

It would not be a surprise to see Ferriby put in  a much better performance against Harrogate. The defeat, and particularly the level of performance, hurt everybody and they will want to refain some pride s well as pick up at least a point.

The Villagers will be without Jake Picton who is serving the second of a three match ban for an offence at previously club Frickley. Eddie Rogerson is injured whilst Mitch Langton is still awaiting international clearance following his spell in the United States. Russ Fry is also doubtful though there is a possibility he could be back in contention for Saturday’s home game with Brackley.

Mark Gray’s three game suspension for his sending-off at Curzon does not begin until the Brackley game.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Steve Brogan,  Mark Gray, Jordon Cooke, Kojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Russell Fry, Danny Emerton, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Leigh Hutchinson


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