7th Feb 2019 23:25:37 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
North Ferriby United v Workington
Saturday 9 February 2019
Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby return to action on Saturday with a match against next-to-bottom Workington at The Chadwick Stadium.
The Villagers will go in to the game feeling that this is one game that they could win. With relegation almost a certainty, Ferriby’s only league target now would be to avoid finishing bottom. However, even that is a big ask for the side given that they are now.
With 14 league games left, Ferriby are 20 points from the safety zone. Until recently, it seemed that they might have had a chance of at least catching Workington and moving of the bottom of the table. However, that chance now seems to have gone as Ferriby are thirteen points behind the Cumbrians who also have three games in hand.
Workington have started to pick-up wins in recent weeks, including in the last two league games, and that has given them hope of climbing away from the bottom three. Last Saturday they won at Grantham in one of the few games to escape the weather.
This will be the first time the sides have met this season. The reverse fixture is due to be played on March 9th.
Ferriby will be looking to pull-off a win on Saturday against a side that has won two, drawn three and lost nine of its away games. Warrington have scored 12 goals in those games and conceded 23.
In some ways, Ferriby’s woes on the pitch are the least of the club’s problems. Fans have probably reconciled themselves to relegation but they will have more concerns about what is happening off the pitch.
The club has still to meet the FA about an appeal against the proposed re-location and name change and there is also the winding-up petition which is due to be heard in mid-March. In some ways, the results and ramifications of those are likely to have a greater impact on the club than relegation.
With last Saturday’s scheduled game at Farsley falling foul of the weather, Ferriby’s last outing was the home defeat to Basford. That was another disappointing result as it was a game from which Ferriby really should have gained a point. However, and not for the first time this season, two poorly defended set-pieces cost the team at least a point.
Assistant manager Joe Lamplough comments,
“We need to manage the game against Workington and concentrate from the very start until the final whistle in each half. Despite our position, the players still want to go out and win games.
“They work hard in training and give their all in games and everybody knows where the problems lie in games.”
Manager Paul Foot will have to make changes to the side that lost its’ last game at home to Basford United. Leon Smith is suspended.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Lewis Hill, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough, Josh Vickers, Niah Payne, Jake Martindale, Gary Bradshaw, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Joseph Robinson