Evo-stik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v South Shields
Monday 27 August
Ferriby entertain newly promoted South Shield on Bank Holiday Monday in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.
Shields draw crowds well in to four figures at home and this gives them the ability to pay wages that attract good players who have played at a good level of football before.
It is a sharp contrast to Ferriby who probably have the smallest budget in the division and have a largely inexperienced squad. However, Ferriby do have tremendous character and team-spirit.
They were both in evidence at Mickleover on Friday night as Chris Bolder’s side almost over-came a three goal deficit in a game that saw them finish the stronger side.
Bolder had this to say after the game,
“I’ve nothing but praise for the lads after we went three down. They got their heads up and really took the game to Mickleover. We dominated the final 25 minutes and an equaliser would have been fair.
“We have to be positive. We are playing sides with more experienced players who know how to play the game at this level. We have to remember that most of our lads have been playing at much lower levels until recently. They will have gained a lot from this game.
“We also finished by far the stronger of the two sides and that is a big plus. “
Ferriby go in to the game on Monday looking for their first win of the season. Hopefully, that will not deter Ferriby fans from turning-up at The Chadwick Stadium. The Villagers have not been disgraced in their games so far. Indeed, they came close to a win at Marine and also to drawing the games against Whitby and Mickleover.
The signs are there for results to start going Ferriby’s way. The players have the right attitude and if they can get that little bit of luck that always helps, a win should not be too far away.
South Shields do have a large number of fans and it is hoped that many of them will travel on Monday given that it is a Bank Holiday and that The Chadwick Stadium will be a new ground for many of their fans.
Looking towards Monday’s game, Bolder continues,
“We know it will be a tough game on Monday. South Shields have had a good couple of seasons. They’ve won the FA Vase and had consecutive promotions so are on a high at the moment.
“They are one of the favourites for promotion with a large fan-base and a decent budget. They’ve started with a win and a defeat but they will be determined to do well this season.”
The club bar will be open at 12.30 on Monday and all are welcome.
Hopefully, unless there is any reaction to Friday’s game, Bolder should have his full squad to choose from.
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, Eddie Rogerson, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Alex Bannister, Luke Lofts, James Nichols, Josh Walker
Ferriby have been drawn away against Marske United in the League Cup First Round on Tuesday 18 September. The game will be settled on the night by penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.