NORTH FERRIBY UNITED v East Yorkshire Carnegie
The Chadwick Stadium
Saturday 7 July 2018
The kickoff time for Ferriby’s first pre-season game has been brought forward to 10.30 on Saturday morning. This is to accommodate the North Ferriby Legends versus Hull City Legends game at 12.30, thus allowing fans to watch the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final in the clubhouse at 3pm.
The gates on Saturday will open at 9.45. The admission price is £5 with under-12’s admitted free. Tickets can be bought at the gate. The admission covers both of the live games.
There will be the usual catering and bar facilities available from 11 o’clock.
Ferriby’s pre-season training began last Saturday with around thirty players at the session. As would be expected, there was a mix of players from last season, players who have been invited and players who have asked for a trial.
For a first session, they looked in better shape than they have done for a number of seasons. That shows the attitude of the players to be fit and prepared for the coming season.
Goalkeeper Lewis Exall, who spent much of the season on the substitute’s bench, perhaps summed it up for the players,“I’ve lost a stone and a half in the close season because I want to make the most of my opportunity this season.”
That is a sentiment that will not be lost the management team of Chris Bolder and Paul Robson.
“The preparations have gone well during the off-season and we are ready for the start of pre-season. Although we will have had only had three training sessions before Saturday, the generally fitness levels are good, which is pleasing. It shows that the lads have taken on board the advice given and have obviously worked hard leading up to returning.
We have had very good numbers in attendance and this shows that the positivity around the club is currently high. We have invited a number of trialists down to take a look at them and we will see plenty of these during the first few pre-season games.
“In terms of the squad and how it is coming together, the good news is that a lot of last seasons’ squad have agreed to remain with us and develop under the guidance of Paul and myself, so that is very encouraging. We have added Eddie Rogerson, as well as inviting several targets down to pre-season, with the view to signing some of these on.
“Pre-season is a long process in terms of getting the right players in and working to the same principles that were started last season.
“The initial indications are that the supporters are well behind the club and this is something that has always been synonymous
with my time at the club and, hopefully, that will continue this season. The support is always greatly appreciated by both the staff and players and hopefully we can have a positive impact on the league this year.
“It will be another challenging league, but one that the lads are relishing again with the experiences gained last year standing them in good stead.”
It is always difficult to comment on pre-season games before they are actually played. Both Bolder and his East Yorkshire Carnegie counterpart will be far from having a settled squad for Saturday’s game. Bolder has hinted, that if possible, he could field two virtually different sides in the first and second- halves. Carnegie will, no doubt, also make significant changes as the game goes on.
With Carnegie playing three divisions below Ferriby, The Villagers will be expected to win. Managers will often say that it is getting match-fit and having the chance to look at players that is what matters in these games but they will want to win. Winning becomes a habit, even if it starts in friendly games.
After the last two seasons, that is a habit that everybody connected with Ferriby will want to start and then continue.