North Ferriby United v Spennymoor Town
Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 12 September 2017
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
Ferriby entertain Spennymoor Town on Tuesday. The Villagers desperately need a victory or else they may well be cast adrift at the bottom of the Vanarama National League North. Whilst there will be still plenty of games to play, no club wants to be playing catch-up at this stage of the season.
Ferriby produced what was generally a good performance against Chorley on Saturday. However, the weaknesses that have dogged them so far this season were still there. They conceded a sloppy goal after losing possession in midfield and they could not find the back of Chorley’s net.
Steve Housham fielded the only 16 fit players he had on Saturday and the injury situation was not made any better by the enforced substitution of Joe Pugh who is likely to miss the next couple of weeks having damaged his cartilage.
Ferriby have not actually played Spennymoor Town before as they are a new side created in 2005 when Spennymoor United folded. As Spennymoor United, the clubs did meet in the Northern Counties East League.
Spennymoor are ten points ahead of Ferriby after ten games. They have won two, drawn one and lost two of their away games and have score just seven goals on their travels, including three against both Boston United and FC United of Manchester. They lost 3-1 at Tamworth on Saturday.
Against Chorley, Ferriby matched their opponents in most departments. However, it is the weakness up front that let them down. Whilst there were shots on target, Chorley’s keeper was not seriously threatened during the game.
Assistant manager Darryn Stamp said,
“We know our biggest problem is scoring. We often blame defenders for errors that lead to goals but the strikers also have to take responsibility. Once we start scoring we will start to take some of the pressure off the defence.”
Manager Steve Housham commented,
“I thought that this was perhaps our best performance of the season. We worked hard and produced some good football. However, in the end, Chorley just had that bit more quality than we had.
“We are not too far from having a complete team. I have to give credit to the players for their effort and attitude. Injuries are not helping because we cannot play a settled side and it will make a difference when we can finally do that.”
“Spennymoor will be another tough challenge but with the right approach and a bit of luck we are capable of getting a result. It’s disappointing to be where we are but a couple of wins could see a big move up the table because it is quite tight in the bottom half.”
Housham will be without Eddie Rogerson, Russ Fry, Danny Emerton, Joe Pugh and Steve Brogan who are still injured. Leigh Hutchinson was a late withdrawal on Saturday through illness and he may or may not be well enough to play. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.
It has been confirmed that Danny Emerton is going to miss the rest of the season due to his knee injury.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis
Ferriby will play their FA Cup tie with 1874 Northwich on Sunday 17 September with the usual 3pm kick-off. The game had had to be put back a day because 1874 groundshare with Winsford United. As Winsford are the landlords, their game on the Saturday takes precedence