North Ferriby United v York City
National League North
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Ferriby entertain York City on Boxing Day in the second of their three festive season games. The game, on police advice, kicks-off at the earlier than normal time of 12.30.
The match is all-ticket and there will be no cash turnstiles on the day. A four figure crowd is expected for what could be quite feisty clash.
Whatever the result, The Villagers will go into 2018 firmly rooted at the bottom of the National League North. It has been a difficult season for Ferriby and they afce the prospect of a double relegation.
Captain Simon Russell says,
“We really have to start putting together a sequence of wins.. to do that we obviously need to be scoring goals. That gives us a chance of winning matches and will also take some pressure of the defence.
“It’s a long time since we have won a game and that hurts us all. Good performance in the two games against York will boost confidence going in to the new year.
“We’re working hard in training to improve our tactics but we have gor to take that in to games and not leave it behind on the training pitch.”
Manager Chris Bolder was disappointed with his side’s performance at Harrogate on Saturday. He had been expecting all his players to produce the performance they did against Curzon in midweek but a number of them failed to do so.
“I’ve told the players in the dressing room that the performance as a whole wasn’t good enough and that some players in particular performed below what is required. I’ve not picked them out by name in the dressing room. That’s not my style but they do know who they are and I will be talking with every player privately before Boxing Day.”
York are currently in 11th position in the National League and still have hopes of a play-off spot. With the new play-off system coming in to force at the end of the season this is a distinct possibility.
In some ways, this season could be a make or break one for The Minstermen as their parachute payment from the Football League comes to an end. This will almost certainly mean a significant cut in their budget and that could make for some difficult years to come in what is a very challenging division.
York have won four, drawn two and lost four of their away games. They have scored 20 goals and conceded 16 on their travels. Jon Parkin, although approaching the veteran stage, remains a major goal-scoring threat and Ferriby will have to deal with his physique as well as his ability.
Looking towards the York game, Bolder commented,
“I am trying to change the mind-set and culture of the players and that is not easy and it also takes time. The players are responding in training but at the moment we are not necessarily taking that in to a game. Saturday’s match was the most disappointing of my three in charge because of that.
“We have to pinpoint weaknesses in individuals and as team and work on them as quickly as possible. If we can show total commitment against York we can unsettle them They will bring a lot of friends but if we can frustrate the team their fans will also be frustrated. If we can do that we give ourselves a chance.”
Ferriby were outplayed at Harrogate, especially in the second-half. Once again, they rarely made the opposing goalkeeper work. Carl Stewart ploughed a fairly lonely furrow up front. He needed more support but with Ferriby’s midfield largely over-run that did not happen. Hopefully, the inclusion of Brett Agnew in the squad for Tuesday may see a slightly different and more threatening Ferriby.
With Agnew now available, and with no obvious injuries from Saturday, Bolder should have his full squad to choose from.
Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Bobby Johnson, Adam Bolder, Simon Russell, Luke Lofts, Joel Ambalu, Craig Nelthorpe, George Harrison, Callum Rzonca, Sam Ansu, Carl Stewart, Jerome Slew, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew