North Ferriby United v Salford City
National League North
Saturday 3 March 2018
Ferriby will be hoping the freezing weather relents and that they can entertain high-flying Salford City on Saturday. 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 and remained there until 10 days ago when they dropped to second. 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.
Their scheduled game at Tamworth last Saturday was postponed and in their previous they needed a 90th minute equaliser to snatch a point at home to Bradford Park Avenue. On their travels they have won 10 games , drawn three and lost three. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 16 in those games.
Ferriby’s victory at Bradford last Saturday was the first for manager Chris Bolder. It was a vindication of what he is trying to achieve with his players. It was also testament to the ability and attitude of the players themselves.
The win was thoroughly deserved. The Villagers were the better team for most of the game. Bradford did not play well but you have to give Ferriby credit for that as they defended well and harried and hassled Bradford in midfield.
To get back-to-back victories could be a big ask but confidence will be high and the players will be keen to gain a first home win of the season. At the very least, they will want to produce a performance that will stir the fans.
Loan-signing Lewis Collins had an excellent debut and his goal won the game for Ferriby. Ross Durrant was commanding in goal making a couple of good saves and dealing with the crosses that got behind the centre-backs, Jack Mail and James Piercey. Ferriby had their own chances and could have won by two or three goals in the end.
“We were really solid today. We kept a great shape and everybody worked so hard. You could see that the game meant something to the players and they wanted to hold on to the lead. We’ve been working hard in training and the improvement is there for everybody to see. It’s great for us all to get this win and, hopefully, it will be a massive boost to our confidence.”
Looking towards Saturday’s game Bolder comments,
“It was obviously very pleasing to pick up our first win last time out against Bradford and a timely reward for all of the hard work the players and staff have put in.
We have shown that we are capable of competing against some very good sides, but we haven’t been able to sustain this for long enough in games. However, last Saturday we created some good chances and defended really well when we needed to.
“Lewis Collins came in and joined us for training recently showing straight away the qualities he would bring. His overall application and desire was evident from the off and it was very pleasing to see him take that into the game last Saturday. Obviously he has come in from full-time football which makes a difference in terms of sharpness and fitness levels and he showed that with the forward runs he made. I’m sure he will prove to be a very good addition for the time he is with us.
“We have been defending reasonably well of late and, take away some soft goals conceded, we have looked relatively solid. The areas where we were conceding a number of goals has now greatly improved and we are showing the kind of determination to stop the ball going into our net.
“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. However, they have had a mixed set of results in the recent games and will be keen to get that winning consistency back.”
With Hull City playing away, it is hoped that City fans will get down to The Eon Visual media Stadium. City pass-holders can gain admission for just £5. It is also anticipated that a large number of Salford fans will make the trip.
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 faces selection problems. Paul Robson sits-out the third of a four game suspension. Alex Davidson is recovering from a hip injury. Jordan Deacey, has a hamstring issue and although he started last week at Bradford he had to be substituted. Brett Agnew and Jack Walters both have a knee injuries whilst Jamie Forrester is not yet back to full fitness.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Adam Bolder, Luke Lofts, Lewis Collins, George Harrison, Sam Ansu, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, James Piercey, Jordan Deacey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls