South Shields v NFU (FAT 1Q)

Buildbase FA Trophy
First Qualifying Round

South Shields v North Ferriby United
Saturday 27 October  2018
Kick-off  3.00 pm

Ferriby, under new manger Paul Foot, take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to fellow Evostik Premier Division side South Shields. On the face of it, it is a daunting task to play a side that has a one hundred per cent home record and has scored 17 goals and concede just one at home.

However, Ferriby’s only win this season came in the home league fixture where The Villagers triumphed 3-0. That result hurt Shields and they will certainly want to make amends for that on Saturday.

South Shields are currently in 6th place in the table, almost wholly because of their home form. They had an impressive 11-0 win against Wearside League side West Auckland Tunns in the Durham Challenge Cup. Given the disparity in playing levels, a large victory was probably anticipated.

Ferriby played well at Buxton to gain a more than deserved side against another side that is doing well. For once, it was Ferriby, rather than the opposition,  who scored inside the final 20 minutes. Like, the previous three games, this was a game that Ferriby could have won but gaining a point after a run of defeats was still welcome.

Once Ferriby return to league action they know that even a short run of good results could see them climb the table given how tight the situation is in the bottom half.

Foot knows that this is an aspect of the game he has to develop with the team,

“I’ve told the lads that they have to believe in themselves and their ability. Believing in yourself gives you confidence. I’ve been told that the recent games could all have been won.  However,  things have often gone wrong in the final 20 minutes and games have been lost. Unfortunately, losing can be a habit, but so can winning and that is one that we have to develop.”

If Ferriby are to progress in the Buildbase Trophy they will need to end a dreadful run in cup competitions that has not seen them win a match in regular play or extra-time since they defeated Ebbsfleet in 2015 on their way to winning at Wembley.

Foot acknowledges the task facing his side on Saturday,

“It’s going to be a tough game at South Shields on Saturday. They will not only be wanting to win in order to progress in the Trophy but losing at Ferriby in August will have hurt them and they will want to correct that. That result means they will not be underestimating us.

“They have won all their home games and that is impressive. However, as they showed at Ferriby and elsewhere on their travels, they are not unbeatable.

“Shields will start favourites but all cup competitions throw up unexpected results and we have to believe that we can go there and get a win.”

Six players have left this week but the signings of Gary Bradshaw, the club’s record goalscorer, Tom Waudby and Alex Wollerton on loan from Leeds United will go same way to replacing those players. All three are available for Saturday.

Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, James Williamson, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Joe Lamplough, Dan Nichols, Danny Norton, Charlie Dunkerley, Kent Bannister, Alex Knox, Alex Wollerton, Eddie Rogerson, Tom Waudby, Jordan Harrison, Gary Bradshaw, Johnny Saltmer, 

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