Evo-stik Northern Premier League
Scarborough Athletic v North Ferriby United
Tuesday 4 September
Ferriby make the short trip to the Flamingo Land Stadium to play Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday. It will be the first meeting between the two clubs.
It will probably be the first time that most of Ferriby’s players and fans will have seen the new stadium and its artificial pitch.
For Ferriby manager Chris Bolder it will be a relatively early return to the club where he started his managerial career as Assistant Manager,
“I enjoyed my time at Scarborough and I’ll always be grateful to the club for giving me my first opportunity in management. The opportunity to become manager at Ferriby where I played for so long was too good to give-up. It will be a little strange to return as a member of the opposition.”
Since the demise of the original Scarborough club, the supporters have worked hard to return football to the town. It has not been an easy journey for them but they have finally achieved it.
Scarborough are one of the teams fancied for promotion this season but they have got off to a bit of a mixed start. They have drawn both their home games and have won twice and lost once on their travels. On Saturday, they won 3-2 at Hyde, another side that ia fancied to do well but one which has not got off to a good start.
It is going to be a challenging game for Ferriby. Playing on an s artificial pitch should not cause too many issues for Ferriby as they train on one so are familiar with the way that type of surface plays.
Perhaps of more concern is how Ferriby’s players will respond after Saturday’s heavy home defeat to Warrington Town. The result and the performance were both massively disappointing after the previous Monday’s game against South Shields.
Bolder was honest about the Warrington game,
“It was nice to name an unchanged side but I think some of them had nothing left in the tank after the energy and effort on Monday. None of them has the mentality where they won’t go out and give everything.
“Physically and mentally it was perhaps just a game too far for these lads.
“I’m not going to criticise the lads because of their efforts since the end of last season. We have to be consistent and we need eight, nine or ten players at or near the peak of their game. We’re coming up against proven players. I’m not saying our players aren’t good enough but they’re not proven at this level and that will take time to achieve.
“The players are hurting in the dressing room. There was no complacency from them. It was just a combination of factors that saw us perform like we did today. Nobody went out meaning to lose by five goals.”
Bolder and assistant manager Paul Robson will need to closely evaluate each player’s performance from Saturday. Some may well need a rest. Most of the players have not played at Step 3 or above so are not used to intensity of games at this level. Neither are they used to regularly playing against very experienced and talented players who know how to manage games.
Further, most of Bolder’s side are not used to the frequency of games, playing Saturday and midweek through to the end of October. By the end of September, The villagers will have completed virtually a quarter of their league games. That will be the time to begin to evaluate how the season may work out for the team.
As for Tuesday’s game, Bolder has this to say,
“The lads are used to an artificial so it is not unusual for them. It’s going to be a test of character now because against Warrington we came up against a side we matched. I know we were beaten
5-0 but in my opinion they played the least amount of football barring the last 20 minutes than any of the five sides we have played so far.
“Scarborough will move the ball much better than they [Warrington]did and they have players who are used to this intensity week-in and week-out.
“It’s important that we don’t get caught up with just one very good or poor performance. Paul and myself will discuss how we should play against Scarborough and pick the team accordingly.”
Given the number of games that have to be played this month, plus Saturday’s performance where so many players seemed a little tired, Bolder may well make changes and utilise his squad.
Bolder will have most of his squad to choose from. Eddie Rogerson remains a doubt with a groin strain and Paul Robson’s hamstring has not yet fully healed so he may not be risked with at least eight games in September. Joe Lamplough, Jordan Harrison and Ben Leyland were all substituted with minor injuries on Saturday and will await fitness checks.
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, Luke Hinsley