NFU v Hull City (PSF)

Pre-season friendly 

North Ferriby United v Hull City

Billy Bly Memorial Trophy

Saturday 16 July 2016

 Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Ferriby entertain Premier League neighbours Hull City in the annual Billy Bly Memorial trophy match at The Eon Visual Media Stadium. The game kicks-off.

The game is NOT all-ticket. It will be possible to pay at the turnstiles. Prices are £12 with concessions at £6

The match is Ferriby’s third pre-season fixture and provides another opportunity for the management team of Steve Housham and Darryn Stamp to run the rule of a number of triallists.

Tuesday evening’s excellent 4-1 win over League 2 Grimsby Town will have given the pair some food for thought as they look to build a squad for the National League season.

The Villagers surprised Grimsby and ran out deserved winners against a side that contained 7 or 8 players who will almost certainly start The Mariners’ League 2 campaign.

Manager Steve Housham commented afterwards,

“We upped our tempo tonight compared to Saturday’s game.  Our fitness levels are increasing. A result like this brings confidence but we will not be getting carried away.”

With regard to the Hull City game, younger fans will not remember Billy Bly who was a wonderful servant to both clubs. This  game is always a special occasion. It provides both sets of fans with an opportunity to see the clubs’ close season signings in action. The match, despite being pre-season game, is always competitive but played in the right spirit.

The game gives the Ferriby players another chance to test themselves against a full-time professional side. City will provide a stiffer test than Grimsby but the players will up for the challenge. It is an opportunity to measure themselves against top level professional players.

Housham continues,

“City will provide a tough challenge on Saturday but I will tell my players to go out and play their best. That is what you have to do whoever you are playing. We did that on Tuesday and a similar level of performance on Saturday will see the players give a good account of themselves,”
Goalkeeper Rory Watson has signed a season-long loan deal to join Ferriby from The Tigers.  He says,

“I’m glad to be part of the Ferriby set-up. I’ve been at Hull since i was 12 but I have spent time with Housh (Steve Housham) at Gainsborough Trinity on loan. He is a good man-manager and is tactically good.

“It’s good to be playing again and I obviously enjoyed my first game against Grimsby on Tuesday. It will feel a little strange facing Hull on Saturday but keeping them out will be my focus, of course.”

Housham has rung the changes at half-time in the first two games and he is likely to do the same against  City

Car parking will be available at North Ferriby Primary School. The cost will be £2, all of which goes to school funds. Please follow directions from the stewards.



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