Vanarama National League
North Ferriby United v Sutton United
Saturday 19th November 2016
Kick-off: 3.00 pm
Ferriby are back in home action on Saturday when Sutton United make their first-ever visit to the Eon Visual media Stadium.
It will be strange for Ferriby fans to not see Danny Clarke in the line-up following his surprise departure to FC Halifax. Ckarke has been involved in all Ferriby’s successes over the last five years and will be missedboth for his enthusiasm and ability.
Despite two successive draws, The Villagers are bottom of the Vanarama National League and desperately need a win. Three points on Saturday would not see them climb out of the relegation zone but it would prevent the gap between them and the other clubs widening.
With Hull City playing away, The Villagers are hoping that there will be a big crowd to urge them on. Despite the results, performances have been good and a large crowd cheering the players on does wonders for their confidence.
Sutton are in 13th place with 26 points. They have both scored and conceded 24 goals this season. Their goals have been shared throughout the team. This week’s departure of Ross Stearn means that Nick Bailey is now the leading scorer with five goals. Defender Louis john has also gone out on loan this week.
Sutton have reached the second round of the FA Cup where they face Cheltenham Town. Sutton’s last four league games have ended as draws.
Ferriby might have returned to the bottom of the table following last weekend’s result but confidence is returning to the side. They were desperately unlucky not to take all three points against Woking who equalised deep in to added time. It is not the first time this season that The Villagers have conceded so late in the game and it is a concern for manager Steve Housham,
“We should have seen the game out against 10 men. We just needed to clear our lines, put it in the corner and it would have been full-time before they attacked. Sometimes we are just a little naive.”
Housham was full of praise for his side after the game,
“Once again, Ben Middleton and Tarron Hare were immense. I’ve seen tons of positivity on social media. I feel like this experience will have put NFU on the map! Steve Brogan showed his class. I’ve always known that he can deliver. The celebration showed how much it meant to them as a group. They showed their togetherness by running over to the rest of their teammates to celebrate the goal.”
There is a feeling of unity within the squad. It would be easy for a team that is struggling to get good results to split in to little groups. However, this is not happening, It was very evident at the rest stop last Saturday when they all sat together. There is a very clear team-spirit within the squad.
Housham did not think the performance at Woking was the team’s best of the season but they put in enough effort to have deserved the win. It was a relief to see Brogan’s wonderful free-kick find the back of the net to give Ferriby the lead.
Ferriby defended superbly in the second-half as Woking threw everything at them in search of an equaliser. That it came when it did was heart-breaking. Even so, Kyle Wootton almost snatched a winner seconds later. That is the spirit this team needs if it is to keep the season alive.
Looking towards Saturday’s game Housham commented,
“I think everyone sees us an easy three points. However, there’s not a bad word to say about these players. With Curtis Bateson now available I need to think hard about changing our formation.
“Our target is to go unbeaten this month. We’re playing a lot of teams that are around us in the table.
“I’m obviously sad to see Danny leave. Darryn, the players and myself wish him all the best.”wish him the best
Housham will have to make changes to the side that played at Woking. Clarke’s departure to Halifax and the absence of Simon Russell with a broken knee-cap will probably see Connor Oliver, Curtis Bateson or Danny Emerton taking the midfield slots Jake Skelton is suspended for one game after receiving five cautions and will probably be replaced by Mark Gray in the centre of defence.
Ferriby from: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Connor Oliver, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Ryan Kendall, Taron Hare, Ryan Fallowfield, Darryn Stamp, Ross Armstrong, Vinny Mukendi, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Reece Thompson, Kyle Wootton, Conner Robinson