NFU v Tamworth (NLN 17-18)

North Ferriby United  v Tamworth
 Vanarama National League North
Saturday 2 September  2017

 Kick-off 3.00pm
The Eon visual Media Stadium

Ferriby entertain Tamworth on Saturday. It will be a difficult game for The Villagers who need to really kick-start their season. Even at this early stage, The Vananrama National League North seems to be developing in to two separate sections. Any team in the bottom half could find itself in the relegation places by Saturday tea-time. A win for Ferriby could see them climb a few places up the table.

Tamworth are in seventh place with 12 points. They have scored 23 goals but have conceded 12, That second figure should give Ferriby some hope if they can get their attacking game going. The main goal threat from Tamworth is Reece Styche who has scored five times so far this season. The Lambs had a mixed Bank Holiday weekend. They lost  at Harrogate but beat Stockport County at home on Monday.

The last two games against Darlington and Gainsborough have seen The Villagers have good second-halves in which they have forced the opposition back.  Unfortunately poor first-half performances have left them trying to pull back a deficit. They have been frustrating games for manager Steve Housham,

“We can’t keep giving teams a start and then have to chase the game. We need to pressure for the whole game. We’ve created chances in recent games and we must be more clinical in front of goal.

“We also need to be more switched-on at set-pieces. It was disappointing to concede two almost identical goals from set-pieces at Gainsborough. We have enough height at the back to challenge in the  air.”

Housham may be tempted to give a start to Callum Rzonca who has looked impressive in the last two games when he has come on as a substitute. His pace and tenacity has caused problems for defenders and he has an eye for goal which Ferriby desperately need at the moment.

This is still a young squad overall and it is also a new squad that is still gelling together. Injuries have not helped Housham get a settled side together. Whilst there may be frustration over results, there are positives to be taken from the season so far. Bobby Johnson has been excellent in midfield and keeper Ross Durrant has been consistent. Simon Russell has impressed on his return to the side after last season’s long-term injury.

Ferriby will be without Eddie Rogerson, Russ Fry, Danny Emerton and Steve Brogan who are still injured. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton.

Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Kojo Kyei, Jake Picton, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis


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