Evo-stik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Scarborough Athletic
Saturday 22 September
Ferriby face high-flying Scarborough Athletic at The Chadwick Stadium on Saturday just 18 days after the first league meeting at Scarborough. The game was originally scheduled to be played in December but with both sides having a blank date on Saturday, the NPL has brought the game forward.
Scarborough have started the season well and are in sixth position in The Evo-stik Premier Division. They have won four, drawn two and lost one of their seven league games. They have scored 13 goals and conceded eight. Three of those goals scored came in the reverses fixture at Scarborough when the home side ran out 3-1 winners.
That game saw Ferriby more than hold their own in the first-half but Scarborough upped the tempo and pressure in the second and scored three times in the last 20 minutes to win the game. Ferriby boss Chris Bolder will certainly be hoping his team can re- produce their first-half performance that evening for the whole game on Saturday.
Ferriby skipper James Piercy shows some optimism for the Scarborough fixture.
“We host Scarborough again after only playing them a few weeks ago, so we know that we can cause problems for them and really stifle them as a team. That said, we need to make sure we do this for the full 90 minutes and not just 45.”
Looking at the last three games, Piercy sees positives for the team.
“Against Grantham we showed the togetherness that we have in this group to stick together and stick to the way we were playing and we got our rewards in the end. We probably deserved all three points if I’m being honest, but that wasn’t to
“The Lancaster City game was a game where we just didn’t make the right choices at times when we were presented with good opportunities in the final third. However, the performance on a whole wasn’t too bad and again it’s another point on the board,
“There were a few changes made for the midweek game with Marske, but that lads that went out there did well and deserved to go 1-0 up in that game. After Marske equalised, we struggled to regain our shape and maintain possession of the ball, but it was a totally new team out there that haven’t played together much at all and it was, for some, a first experience at this level, so I wouldn’t read too much into that result.”
Scarborough had a good 3-1 home win over highly rated Basford United last Saturday. On Tuesday they beat Tadcaster Albion 3-2 in the Integro League Cup.
Ferriby were also in League Cup action on Tuesday with a much-changed side losing 1-3 at Marske United. It was disappointing result but The Villagers could have no complaints about the outcome on the night.
Bolder was forthright in his view of the game,
“Marske were far superior in every department from start to finish. Even so, Marske game on Tuesday proved to be a very useful exercise. We made wholesale changes and that allowed us to give some lads valuable minutes as well as being able to cast our eye over a couple of them, too. The introduction of two reserve team lads showed that we are looking and there will be opportunities which is important for them to see.
They managed to experience the level required and see what is needed in order to make that step up.
“We’re not going to be too harsh on these lads and say they’re miles away [from this level of football] and that’s their chance gone. Are they ready yet?No. How will they get ready? More time and games with us against higher opposition than they’ve been used to.”
Bolder is right to be optimistic for the future. There is a lot of ability within the squad and as fitness levels continue to improve and the players learn more about game management performances and results will improve.
The players have the right attitude and with Bolder and assistant Paul Robson guiding them they ought to develop as a team. It has been a hectic start to the season with 10 games in the first five weeks. That is an intensity that most of the squad have not been used to. It also means that there is little time for Bolder and Robson to work with players during the week. Normally, the players would train on a Tuesday and a Thursday with the main work being done on Tuesday followed by a lighter session on Thursday. Obviously, the Thursday session has had to be modified due to this.
As far as Saturday is concerned, Bolder says,
“We are coming into the Scarborough game game on the back of two league draws and, hopefully, that is a step in the right direction in terms of a little more consistency.
“I thought the lads were excellent against Grantham Town and I felt we were unlucky not to take all three points.
“Although the finishing touches were lacking against Lancaster City, there were still lots of positives to take from the game, especially our defensive shape and the work ethic of the lads once again.
Our final-third decision making was questionable, but the majority of the approach play was pleasing.
“Scarborough are an excellent team led by a very well respected manager and good friend of mine, so we know it will be another very challenging game. We know a lot about their team and how they
play, but sometimes being able to stop their threats is easier said than done.
“I think the lads can take a great deal from our first meeting and, hopefully, we can repeat our first-half performance with the view to extending that for longer periods. We have shown that when all things fall into the right place for us we can match teams and be very competitive.”
Ferriby are hoping for a large attendance given that Scarborough do have a large fan-base and it’s a fairly short journey. The small snack bar in the corner in the far corner of the ground will be open in addition to the main food bar. The clubhouse bar will open at 12.30.
James Nicholls turned his ankle at Marske on Tuesday but is the only injury doubt. So Bolder should have is full squad to choose from on Saturday. Jordan Windass, Ben Bassett , Jake Martindale and Scott Lofas have all been registered by the club. The first three played at Marske but they may well miss out against Scarborough as Bolder will probably revert to the more familiar squad
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Ben Leyland, James Willliamson, Jack Smith, James Piercey, 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