NFU v Salford City (2) (NLN)

North Ferriby United  v Salford City
 National League North
Turesday 20  March 2018
 Kick-off 7.45pm

Ferriby will be hoping the latest spell of cold weather relents sothat they can entertain high-flying Salford City on Saturday. The original fixture scheduled for the beginning of March fell foul of the weather.

The reverse fixture in mid-November saw Salford win 4-0 with Jack Redshaw scoring all the goals in the second-half. Only Ross Durrant, Jordon Cooke and Bobby Johnson remain of The Villagers squad that day.

Salford went top of the table in October, lost  it to Harrogate three weeks ago but reclaimed it on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Spennymoor. Salford are many people’s favourites for automatic promotion. They are full-time with a large budget and it will be a surprise if they do not get promoted, as well as a massive disappointment to their owners and fans.

Saturday’s home win over Spennymoor saw Salford twice come back from a goal down to finally win 3-2. On their travels they have won 10 games , drawn three and lost three. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 16 in those games.

After two good away performances in recent weeks, Ferriby’s performance and result at Darlington was extremely disappointing to say the least. There is no doubt the better team won but Ferriby played well in patches and, to their credit, never gave up.

The game was played in a bitingly cold wind with regular snow showers throughout. It is doubtful if any of the players have played in such cold conditions.  All-in-all, it was not a pleasant experience.

The result confirmed Ferriby’s relegation but that does not mean the players will be easing their way towards the end of the season. Chris Bolder has this to say,

“We will be working hard in our remaining games but, to some extent, the focus is now developing the players for next season. We can still play a significant role in the relegation fight with a number of games to come against teams fighting the drop. We have to believe that we can take something from, at least, some of those games.”

The players will also be looking to impress Bolder and assistant Paul Robson as they look towards building a squad for next season. The squad has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and that is testament to the work of Bolder and Robson and to the attitude of the players. Many of the players have been playing at far lower levels and the last couple of months has been a tremendous learning experience for them. It is now up to them to show that they are capable of playing Northern premier League football next season.

Commenting on Saturday’s defeat, Bolder said,
It was obviously very disappointing after recent performances.

Looking towards Tuesday’s game Bolder comments,

“We had been defending reasonably well recently and have looked relatively more solid at the back.  “The manner of the goals we conceded was disappointing. However Paul and I cannot be too critical of the players. They have been playing out of their skins in recent games. A lot of them have played at levels below this and are still adjusting.

“We were not as competitive as we have been recently. I’ve told the players that they have chance to put today behind them when we play Salford on Tuesday.”

With Tuesday’s game in  mind, Bolder adds,

“Salford City are making excellent strides both on and off the field in recent years and will obviously be a really tough task for us.

They are having a very successful season and will be looking to be up there in the mix come the end of season. They have a very strong squad with experience, ability and managers who have proven that they can secure promotions.

“They had a very strong start and  have shown that they are promotion  contenders with some excellent results. They will be delighted to have regained top spot on Saturday.”

The Villagers are, obviously, monitoring the weather and will confirm whether or not the game is on as soon as they possibly can via the usual outlets.

Bolder still has  selection problems. Paul Robson is available again after serving a four game suspension. Alex Davidson is recovering from a hip injury. Jordan Deacey, has a hamstring issue. Brett Agnew and Jack Walters both have a knee injuries. Sam Ansu and Kojo Kyei may not be available. On a brighter note, Jamie Forrester played at Darlingtn on Saturday.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant,  Lewis Exall,  Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Jordon Cooke, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Adam Bolder, Luke Lofts, AJ George, Lewis Collins, George Harrison, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, James Piercey, Jordan Deacey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls, Alex Bannister


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