The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying
North Ferriby United v Macclesfield Town
Saturday 15th October 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby will put thoughts of their Vanarama National League form behind them when they entertain Macclesfield Town in The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday.
The Villagers will be looking to make Club history by beating Macclesfield and progressing to the First Round Proper for the first time. That will provide the opportunity to face a League One or League Two club. Winning and progressing on Saturday would provide a welcome boost to the Club’s finances.
The Villagers go in to the game with five successive defeats in which they have failed to score. The results have actually been frustrating as the defeats have been by narrow margins against some of the top sides in the division.
At the moment, Ferriby’s major weakness is scoring goals. They have score just six goals in their 15 games and have failed to score in eleven of them. The team is creating chances but they have got to start putting them away. Fortune has not been with the team’s strikers. The woodwork has been hit on a number of occasions and goals have been disallowed. Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup game would be a good place to start finding the back of the net again.
Saturday’s game is an early re-match between the two sides. Macclesfield won the league fixture at the Moss Rose a fortnight ago but they were fortunate to do so. It took a very dubious penalty to decide the game in Macclesfield’s favour, a decision that ranlked the whole team. Ferriby certainly did enough in that game to have gained at least a draw. The Villagers will certainly not be daunted on Saturday.
Manager Steve Housham comments,
“We will probably be the underdogs on Saturday. That won’t concern us as it puts a little more pressure on Macclesfield.
“We were unfortunate to lose at their ground. We were on top when they were given a penalty for what seemed like a perfectly good tackle. That’s the sort of decision that has been going against us recently.
“The lack of goals is frustrating but we are creating chances and that is just as important in its own way. Saturday’s game is a chance to put our league form behind us and create another piece of club history. We all want to have the chance to play against a League One or Two club. Winning on Saturday would be a tremendous boost for the whole club and could kick-start our season again.”
Last Saturday’s defeat to leaders Forest Green was probably not unexpected but the scoreline was harsh as Rover’s manager Mark Cooper acknowledged. Once again, the game turned on a very contentious refereeing decision which saw Rovers awarded a free-kick from which they scored.
Club captain Danny Clarke is upbeat about Saturday,
“I’ve been here [FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round] a couple of times now. I think the closest was losing in the replay last year against Stalybridge. It’s a massive competition which gets loads of publicity so it would be great for the club if we could make history. But for the players it means a chance at testing ourselves against some Football League clubs, as we are enjoying playing at the standard we currently are.”
Clarke’s point about the players enjoying the football is important. They have put in good performances against most of the clubs in the top half of the table but have little to show for it. The players know they are capable of playing creditably at this level.
Since beating Ferriby, Macclesfield have drawn at barrow and lost at home to Boreham Wood last Saturday. The Silkmen have scored 28 goals and conceded 15 in their games so far.
Housham has virtually his whole squad to choose from with only Curtis Bateson unavailable through injury. Ben Middleton returns after a one match suspension Steve Brogan returned to the side against Forest Green following a number of weeks out.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton