Evo-stik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Warrington Town
Saturday 1 September
Ferriby will be looking for back-to-back wins when they entertain Warrington Town on Saturday. The Villagers gained a morale-boosting first win of the season against fancied South Shields on Bank Holiday Monday.
“Skipper James Piercy was in buoyant mood after the game,
“It was a great performance by the lads from start to finish against South Shields. Everyone put in a shift and it was great to come out with a clean sheet.
“We had belief in the camp that this result was coming and we knew after the first three games we had been there or thereabouts. Certain things had not gone our way which have, ultimately, decided the results of games, so we knew that if we could turn up on Monday and put in a 90-minute performance, then we could come out with a positive result which we did.
“Warrington are unbeaten in three games so I’m expecting a tough game, so we will have too apply ourselves correctly to ensure we come away with the three points.”
The Villagers produced an outstanding team performance to defeat South Shields on Monday. It may have been a result that surprised many as the visitors are expected to win the division this season. Shields put Ferriby under pressure for much of the second-half but they produced little in the way of clear-cut chances.
Ferriby’s defence and midfield were excellent at pressing Shields and the visitors were often forced back towards their own goal. Ferriby’s defence may be lacking experience at this level but they are fast growing in to what is required and expected of them. Having conceded a couple of late goals in recent games, they held their nerve to play-out the game on Monday and keep a clean-sheet.
They were also forced into careless mistakes, none more so than the one that led to Jordan Harrison’s goal on the stroke of half-time. Shields keeper Liam Connell chipped the ball from just outside his area to the unmarked Harrison who had the skill, nerve and presence of mind to lob the keeper from 45-yards.
Two well-finished goals from debutant Luke Hinsley at each end of the game sealed a valuable win.
Following Monday’s game, Chris Bolder was also in happy mode,
“We were obviously delighted with the three points against South Shields and that will give the lads a lot of confidence as they are one of the fancied teams in the division.
It was an outstanding, all-round team performance, we defended exceptionally well as a full unit and also looked a threat going forward. The lads have performed very well in the first few games and the games have hinged on key moments at key times, so we knew we weren’t too far away from picking up the first victory.
Luke Hinsley came into the side and gave us that much-needed experience at this level. His overall performance helped give us a platform in attack, as well as defending from the front and he formed a good partnership with Jordan Harrison. We had made contact with Luke in previous weeks as he was looking for first-team football and finally got him sorted over the Bank Holiday weekend.”
Warrington have gained five points from their four games, one more that Ferriby so a win for The Villagers could see them climb the table.
Warrington lost their first game of the season at home to Farsley Celtic. Since then, they have won at bottom club Lancaster City and followed that victory with two goalless draws. It could make for an afternoon where The Villagers will have to be patient. They will also have to avoid any complacency following Monday’s performance.
As for Saturday’s game, Bolder has this to say,
“Warrington Town are another very strong side in the division and have made a steady
start to the league campaign. They have kept two clean sheets in their previous games, so they will be looking to add goals to that solidity. They, like many other teams, are probably still gelling together as a team and the more games they play the more this will develop, so we are expecting a very tough afternoon.
“Eddie Rogerson is the only real doubt as he is nursing a slight groin problem.”
Bolder will have most of his squad to choose from. Aside from Rogerson, Paul Robson’s hamstring has not yet fully healed so he may not be risked with at least eight games in September. Dan Norton returns to the reckoning after serving a one game suspension against South Shields. Luke Hinsley remains in the squad following his two-goal debut on Monday.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Ben Leyland, James Willliamson, Jack Smith, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Paul Robson, Jamie Forrester, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Alex Bannister, Luke Lofts, James Nichols, Josh Walker
Ferriby have been drawn away against Marske United in the League Cup First Round on Tuesday 18 September. The game will be settled on the night by penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.