Evo-stik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Stafford Rangers
Saturday 13 October 2018
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Saturday’s game against Stafford Rangers is taking place on Non-League Day 2018 and The Villagers have been heavily publicising the game in an attempt to persuade more people to come and watch a game at The Chadwick Stadium.
Ferriby certainly need more supporters attending. The last two home attendances have totalled just under 300 and that creates financial pressures for the club.
Results have not been good but Chris Bolder’s side has been playing attractive and positive football and both he and the players deserve support for what they are attempting to achieve.
Ferriby will be hoping for a change of luck on Saturday. Luck has certainly been missing in the last two games which The villagers could well have won.
Tuesday’s defeat at Bamber Bridge was particularly galling because Ferriby could have been 3-1 ahead with two shots hitting the inside of the post. Instead they conceded twice in the final 15 minutes to come away defeated. It was not what the performance deserved.
Stafford come in to the game on the back of a 1-3 home defeat to Farsley Celtic on Tuesday. They are currently fourteenth in the table. They have won one and lost their other five away league games. In those games they have scored 5 goals and conceded 16 . The away record isc certainly one that will give The Villagers some hope who have been creating opportunities to score in recent games.
Bamber had the better of the first-half but the second-half it was a completely different performance from Ferriby. They battled for everything and gradually began to dominate. Luke Hinsley scrambled home an equaliser before he and Kent Bannister both hit the inside of the post.
Unfortunately, an unnecessary penalty and a goal on the break won the game for Bamber. They were a mightily relieved side at the end and had plenty of praise for The Villagers’ performance.
After the game, Bolder commented,
“We got them [the players] in at half-time and spoke about a few things and allocated roles and responsibilities to certain players and told them exactly what we wanted them to do. It worked to a ‘t’ and for the first 30 minutes of the second-half it was all us.
“We have to continue to take the positives from the games and everyone who is watching us can clearly see that no one is throwing the towel in and the lads continue to work to their limits to the very last second of the game. I genuinely feel that with each game that passes, the experiences gained from all involved will allow us to turn these performances into points on the board as the season progresses. “
Bolder comments on the Stafford game,
“Non-league Day is a great event and always helps to put the non-league world on the map.
The club have made a fantastic effort with promoting this and, hopefully, we will manage to convert some new fans that have come through the gates today.
“On the attacking front we have created numerous goal-scoring opportunities in the last two games and had chances that have hit the woodwork or that were cleared off the line. These have occurred at key points in the game and would have put us in front had they gone in meaning the complexion of the game would have changed.
“We are seeing that when these chances are not taken, the opposition are always capable of punishing you and this has been evident especially when we have contributed to our own downfall.
“I genuinely feel that with each game that passes, the experiences gained from all involved will allow us to turn these performances into points on the board as the season progresses.
“I am fully aware that this needs to happen sooner rather than later so that we are not giving ourselves an impossible task. We have previously highlighted the fact that these lads are in their infancy at this level and the quality of opposition is of a higher standard than ever before, so we must develop our consistency in order to perform for the full duration of each game.
“The rigours of non-league football have meant a gruelling start to the campaign and sometimes this is easily overlooked, the demands of Saturday-Tuesday games has seen injury and fatigue amongst the squad.
“The commitment from these lads and the staff, though, has been excellent and everybody continues to be upbeat and be pulling in the same direction.
“Stafford are going to be another strong team. They have had a mixed start to the season . They lost at home in midweek but it is mainly their away form that has put them in the bottom-half of the table. Their away form has not been so good in terms of results and we must capitalise on that on Saturday.”
Bolder will have Jordan Harrison back on Saturday following suspension. Ben Clappison is like ly to be unavailable. to make changes on Tuesday. Paul Robson went-off with an injury on Tuesday and James Nichols is till doubtful due to a thigh injury.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Paul Robson, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Luke Lofts, Josh Walker, Eddie Rogerson, Luke Hinsley, Eddie Birch, Jordan Harrison, Johnny Saltmer
Note: There will be a bucket collection for the Humber Rescue charity which runs the lifeboat situated immediately below the Humber Bridge.