NFU v Macclesfield Town (NL)

 Vanarama National League

North Ferriby United v Macclesfield Town

Saturday 28 January 2017

 Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Ferriby entertain Macclesfield Town on Saturday in a Vanarama National League fixture.

The reverse game in October ended in a single goal defeat for The Villagers. Ferriby felt hard-done to in that game as the winning goal was a controversial penalty awarded against the run of play. The Silkmen gained a comprehensive FA Cup win at The Eon Visual Media Stadium a few weeks later and Ferriby had no complaints about that result.

Macclesfield are in 10thplace, six points away from a play-off spot so they will be as anxious as The Villagers for all three points.  The Silkmen have won six, drawn three and lost four of their away league games. Despite scoring four times in the FA Cup win at The Eon Visual Media Stadium, Macclesfield have actually struggled to score away from home with 18 goals in 13 games. They have conceded 14 in this games. It is a record that will give The Villagers some hope of gaining something from the game.

Depending on Saturday’s Vanarama National League results, Ferriby could move out of the bottom four. The Villagers will go in to the game with some confidence following last Saturday’s comprehensive victory at Southport. It was a magnificent team performance. The only downside was injuries to Danny Emerton and Ryan Fallowfield.

There are now just six points separating the bottom eight clubs and even Solihull and Sutton could yet be dragged into the relegation scrap. Solihull have just sold two key players to Grimsby and it will be interesting to see what effect this has on them.

Curtis Bateson epitomised the attitude in this Ferriby side when he spoke after Saturday’s game,
“I’ve waited a long time for another goal so it felt good after a long lay-off with injury. I had to be patient to get back into the team. Hopefully, I’ve taken my chance. To keep in Housham’s starting 11, I’ve got to keep working hard in training and keep myself in good shape.”

Ryan Kendall was also upbeat after the game,
“It was great to chip in with a goal. It’s always nice to score but more importantly we got the result. From now to the end of the season, hopefully, I can get back in the team and contribute some more.”
Following the Southport game manager Steve Housham commented,

“We went with  game plan and started well. After Fallowfield’s ijurt we had to change things which allowed Southport to take control of the game. We came out in the second-half after a reshuffle and the boys looked better.

 “It’s the story of our season – veryone putting their bodies on the line and then we countered really well. You’ve got to remember the age of these lads, they’re all in their early 20s.

“The new lads, Templeton and Cosgrove, both looked really sharp going forward. I’m really happy for Ryan Kendall after he came off the bench to get his goal. It must be frustrating for him when we bring in new strikers but he came on and impressed against Southport,”

Looking towards the Macclesfield game, Housham commented,

“The win at Southport was a big boost for us and it has tightened up the situation for the bottom eight teams. It was unfortunate for us that the teams around us also got results.

“We’ve got to go out there and keep enjoying ourselves. Who thought with this long left that we’d be within a chance of surviving. Team spirit goes a long way and it’s getting us going!

“We’re due for a result against Macclesfield and we will go in to the game with a degree of confidence. We’ve shown that we can score goals and that lifts everybody.”

Simon Russell has now begun rehabilitation as he continues to recover from his fractured patella. Emerton and Fallowfield will hopefully have recovered from their respective groin and foot injuries at Southport. Steve Brogan and Ben Middleton ought to be back in contention after missing recent games with injury.

Loan signings Sam Cosgrove and Matty Templeton will remain in the squad. Cosgrove may start given the impact he made at Southport after coming on at half-time.

Alfons Fosu-Mensah has left the club by mutual consent.

 Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray,  Danny Emerton, Connor Oliver, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield,Matty Templeton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove

Ferriby have rearranged the home game against Lincoln City for Tuesday 21st February with the usual 7.45pm kick-off. The game is all ticket.  Tickets will be available from the club shop on, weekday mornings from  9:00 to 13:00 and also on  match days/ evenings.

Usual admission prices will apply. Season ticket holders will be able to use their passes as normal.

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