NFU v Southport (NL)

National League

North Ferriby United v Southport

Saturday 24September 2016

 Kick-off: 3.00 pm

Ferriby entertain Southport on Saturday in a game that is crucial to both clubs.

Last Saturday’s defeat at Dagenham saw Ferriby drop in to the relegation spots and a win over Southport could see them move out of the bottom four. Ferriby will go in to the game with some confidence as they have been playing well in a tough set of fixtures against some of the division’s better clubs. In fact, they have played six of the current top eight sides. They have not been disgraced and could have had something from most of those games with a little more luck.

Southport are struggling and are next-to-bottom, four points behind Ferriby. They will be desperate for a win to close the gap and maybe start to climb the table. Southport have scored eight goals to The Villagers’ six but they have conceded 27 compared to Ferriby’s 19.

As Manager Steve Housham commented,
“At the moment we are in a little mini-league and it is important that we take points from those clubs around us. A couple of wins could see us close in on the top half of the table.

“We have performed well in most of the games so far and have been unfortunate to not take at least a point.

“Southport will be desperate for the points on Saturday but we have to be confident that we can win. If we can show the commitment that we have shown against the top sides we are capable of taking something from Saturday’s game.”

Ferriby made current leaders work hard for their victory last Saturday. Once again, the clinching goal came in the final minutes and was something of a heartbreaker. The Villagares could well have been level by this point and that could have changed the complexion of the game.

It is tempting to say that conceding late goals to full-time sides is a measure of the gap between part-time and full-time clubs. It may be a factor, but there is nothing wrong with Housham’s players’ fitness. Perhaps of more crucial importance is the difference in coaching time that is available. The full-time sides obviously have more time to work on tactics and systems and this is a big advantage.
It will be interesting to see how Housham lines-up his team on Saturday. At Gateshead and Dagenham he played five across the back and this certainly helped The Villagers defensively. Surprisingly, it did not limit their chances going forward.

The Villagers are definitely going to have to be patient against Southport. The Lancashire side are capable of getting points as they have gained two good draws against Aldershot and Eastleigh this month. They have conceded at least once in each of their games so far and have scored in seven of them.

Curtis Bateson is injured and will be out for some time. Danny Clarke was substituted with a foot injury at Dagenham but will, hopefully be fit. Louis Bruce and Jordan Cooke have both gone on loan to Goole.

Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray,  Danny Emerton, Danny Clarke, Connor Robinson, Ryan Kendall, Simon Russell, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Middleton, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Jake Skelton, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson



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