Nuneaton Town v North Ferriby United
National League North
Saturday 10 March 2018
Ferriby make their second visit of the season to Nuneaton on Saturday. The first visit saw The Villagers crash to a 1-5 defeat in the FA Trophy. Owner Jamie Waltham took charge of the team that day having just sacked the management team of Steve Housham and Darryn Stamp. It is fair to say that Waltham was less than happy with what he saw that day.
The reverse National League North fixture took place just a week later with Nuneaton winning 2-0 at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.
Nuneaton have had a mixed season. They sit in 12th position, six points above the relegation places and eight points from a play-off spot.
Like Ferriby their scheduled game for last Saturday was postponed. Their last game saw them draw 1-1 at home with Chorley. Nuneaton are on a seven game unbeaten rune which contains five wins and two draws. At home they have won 7 games , drawn four and lost five. They have scored 22 goals and conceded 16 in those games.
Ferriby’s last game was the victory at Bradford last Saturday was a first win for manager Chris Bolder. It was a vindication of what he is trying to achieve with his players. It was also testament to the ability and attitude of the players themselves.
Bolder will be looking for back-to-back victories on Saturday. It will not be an easy task but the win at Bradford has raised confidence amongst the players.
Loan-signing Lewis Collins had an excellent debut, scoring the winner at Bradford. He will be joined on Saturday by another Mansfield colleague, AJ George, an Antigua and Barbuda international.
In the Trophy defeat, Waltham was highly scathing about the central defenders that day, Since then they, like most of the team that day, have left the club. The villagers now have a promising centre-back paring of Jack Mail and James Piercey, They are short on experience at this level but they are playing with a good degree of maturity.
“It was obviously very pleasing to pick up our first win last time out against Bradford and a timely reward for all of the hard work the players and staff have put in.
“After the win against Bradford it would have been nice to go into the following weekend’s game against Salford full of confidence. We still saw it as a positive in terms of us having more time on the training ground to keep building and working.”
“We have been defending reasonably well of late and, take away some soft goals conceded, we have looked relatively solid. The areas where we were conceding a number of goals has now greatly improved and we are showing the kind of determination to stop the ball going into our net
“We have worked very hard and have matched teams for periods of games so to come out with the victory was very satisfying.
Looking forward, Bolder has this to say,
“The aim is the same now for the rest of the remaining matches where we will continue to instil our philosophies and if we do that I'm sure we will pick up some more positive results. We have shown that we are capable of competing against some very good sides, but we haven’t been able to sustain this for long enough in games.
“We’ve worked hard to keep plugging away at the key things we’re hoping to implement as well as recognising the strengths of Nuneaton. It will be a really tough challenge as they are in really good form at the minute but it is one the lads are looking forward to.”
“We still have Jack Walters and Brett Agnew struggling with knee problems and need assessing to see how far off they are, but the lads who came into the side at Bradford did very well.”
“We have brought in AJ from Mansfield as well as Collins. Both lads have continued to look very sharp. They bring the intensity levels in training due to them being in full time which has raised the standards of all others and they have shown fantastic attitudes to develop.”
Bolder faces selection problems. Paul Robson sits-out the third of a four game suspension. Alex Davidson is recovering from a hip injury. Jordan Deacey, has a hamstring issue. Brett Agnew and Jack Walters both have a knee injuries whilst Jamie Forrester is not yet back to full fitness.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, Jack Walters, Kojo Kyei, Jordon Cooke, Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor, Bobby Johnson, Adam Bolder, Luke Lofts, AJ George, Lewis Collins, George Harrison, Sam Ansu, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew, James Piercey, Jordan Deacey, Josh Walker, James Nicholls