Stockport County v North Ferriby United
Vanarama National League North
Saturday 23 September 2017
Ferriby travel to Edgeley Park on Saturday for a Vanarama National League North match.
It is going to be a tough challenge for Ferriby. Stockport have not lost at home in either the league or cup and have five clean sheets out of six. Even so, The Hatters lie in just 14th place due to a poor away record.
Whilst some Ferriby fans have become quite vocal about the club’s form and position they would do well to think about Stockport County and where they are now. Less than 20 years ago, they were on the verge of the Premier League but now ply their trade at the same level as The Villagers. It shows that no team has a right to be in a particular division. Just ask Boston United and York City that.
Ferriby may be bottom of the division at the moment but a look at the table shows that they are still close on points to a number of other teams. A few good results could see a steady climb up the table.
Despite a couple of heavy defeats, Ferriby have a reasonable defence and a combative midfield. The two main problems at the moment are a lack of both goals and confidence. On the whole, the players are giving their best but, as at 1874Northwich last Sunday, they are finding it hard to lift their game a notch.
Manager Steve Housham has been unfortunate with injuries to his squad and that has made it difficult to field a settled side. That is important every season but even more so in a side that started with so many new faces.
Housham has juggles his squad well, all things considered. He does not have a budget that enables him to go and sign new players. The fans need to get behind the team and support and encourage them.
The defeat at Northwich was a shock but Ferriby could not really complain about the result. There was little urgency in the performance until the final 10 minutes or so when The Villagers could, and perhaps, should have equalised. Central defender Jake Skelton was pushed up-front for those final minutes and his physical presence created problems for the home side. One wonders if Steve Housham could be tempted to play Skelton up-front from the start. Probably not, but it is an option during a game for certain.
Housham was bitterly disappointed after the Northwich game,
“We just weren’t good enough today and the best team won. We lacked heart and spirit for most of the game.
“Northwich played the better football. They wanted the game more than we did and credit to them for that.
“It was embarrassing. We created very little and they caused problems for us defensively.
“It always looked like any goals would come from set pieces and that is what happened.
“We have to start again at Stockport. We showed at Blyth, who are now fourth in the table, that we can beat the higher placed clubs. But we need to find that same intensity. There will be a big crowd on Saturday and we have to frustrate them and County.
Housham will be without Eddie Rogerson, Danny Emerton and Joe Pugh who are still injured. The club is still waiting for international clearance for Mitch Langton. Darnelle Bailey-King will return to the squad after being cup-tied on Sunday.
Possible Ferriby squad: Ross Durrant, Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton Kojo Kyei, Ross Barrows, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson,Russ Fry, Kyle Dixon, Jack Barlow, Joel Ambalu, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi, Joe Pugh, Akeel Francis, Yannick Gomes, Darnelle-Bailey-King