Evo-stik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Matlock Town
Tuesday 2 October 2018
Ferriby entertain bottom-placed side Matlock Town on Tuesday at The Chadwick Stadium. They are likely to be up against some familiar faces. Former players, Ross Durrant, Tarron Hare and Tom Davie will probably be in The Gladiators starting sixteen.
With a quarter of the season gone, it is imperative that The villagers take something from this game, especially as they have now played more league games than anybody else in the division.
Matlock have lost five and drawn one of their six of their away league games. They have scored six goals and conceded 21 in those games. Their solitary league win has come at home.
Matlock go into the games on the back of a 2-3 defeat at Farsley Celtic on Saturday. Like Ferriby, they will be desperate to get at least a point on Tuesday. A couple of good results for either side could see them make significant progress up the table as the overall positions are quite tight.
Ferriby go in to the game with Saturday’s disappointing and performance against Witton behind them. The performance showed the inconsistency that dogs the side. Good performances have often been followed by less good ones.
The inconsistency is frustrating for everybody involved with the club, management, players, staff and fans. On their day, the team can hold its own with most sides in the division. If any kind of consistency can be found, then a mid-table place is still possible.
Against Witton on Saturday, Ferriby only one managed on-target effort during the game, a James Piercy header that was cleared off or just in front of the line after 40 minutes. That apart, they did not significantly threaten the Witton goal.
A controversial penalty decision saw Witton take the lead and it did little for Ferriby’s confidence at a time when they were beginning to get a foothold in the game.
As at Gainsborough on Tuesday, Ferriby conceded goals to a side that broke effectively and quickly. The game on Saturday was probably lost by half-time but The Villagers did start the second-half well only to concede a fourth goal against the run-of-play
The attendance on Saturday was a disappointing 195, a figure that does little to help Ferriby’s still difficult financial situation.
In many ways, it is understandable that fans vote with their feet when their team is struggling but at this moment, Ferriby need people coming through the gate more than ever. Not only have attendances fallen, sponsorship is less than the club would like to see. There are a number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities for local businesses to support the club.
Manager Chris Bolder and his players deserve support for what they are trying to achieve. On Saturday, and not for the first time this season, the team was praised by the opposition for the way it plays the game.
It would be god to see more Ferriby supporters and local football fans at The Chadwick Stadium on Tuesday for what is a crucial game. The players do appreciate the support that the fans give.
Bolder should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Ben Leyland, James Willliamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Paul Robson, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Luke Lofts, James Nichols, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Luke Hinsley, Johnny Saltmer