7th Mar 2019 12:17:10 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
Workington v North Ferriby United
Saturday 9 March 2019
Ferriby are scheduled make their longest trip of the season on Saturday when they travel to Cumbria to play Workington.
However, the fixture is in doubt due to a waterlogged pitch With further rain forecast over the next couple of days, Workington are arranging a possible pitch inspection on Saturday morning.
The game is a must win for Ferriby as anything but a win will almost certainly see a third successive relegation confirmed. Whilst relegation is inevitable, the players would like to hang in there until as late as possible.
Workington are one place above Ferriby at the bottom of the table but are 19 points clear of The Villagers. The home side will be desperate for the points as they are six points from safety.
Workington were looking dead and buried in mid-January but four wins in six games gave them some hope of escaping relegation. They have, however, lost their last three games. They lost 0-2 at Farsley Celtic on Tuesday and their home game last Saturday saw them go down 1-2 to Hyde United. They have lost their last four games.
Workington’s home record has seen them win four games, draw two and lose nine. They have scored 18 goals and conceded 27 in those games.
The reverse fixture at The Chadwick Builders Stadium a month ago saw Workington gain a 2-0 victory. It was a poor game but Workington deserved the win as they had more possession and territory, especially in the second-half. They were physically stronger in the tackle than Ferriby which meant The Villagers saw little of the ball.
Tuesday’s defeat at Farsley celtic summed-up the season so far in many ways.
Ferriby matched Farsley until the opening goal which was another penalty that probably unnecessary to concede.
Ferriby go in to Saturday’s game on the back of a narrow single goal defeat at Matlock Town last Saturday. The Villagers were unfortunate not to come away with a point. The side gave a much more consistent and mature performance. In the final 20 minutes they played with a confidence and belief that has not really been there in recent weeks. They certainly had Matlock rattled, especially in defence.
Manager Joe Lamplough comments,
“We have to take the performance against Matlock in to Saturday’s game. We will be playing mainly for pride but Workington will be desperate for the points.
“We showed at Matlock that we can produce competitive performances. We looked solid at set-pieces and disrupted Matlock in midfield. If we can create more goal chances we can pick up something against Workington.
Lamplough should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday. He will not have Jack Mail as he has signed for Barton Town. However, Luke Mascall will remain in the squad following his debut at Matlock after signing from Cleethorpes Town.
Ferriby’s squad: Lewis Exall, Lewis Hill, Jordan Windass, Aaron Brettell, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, James Piercy, Dan Nichols, Luke Mascall, Joe Lamplough, Leon Smith, Josh Vickers, Niah Payne, Jake Martindale, Callum Harrison, James Nichols, Joseph Robinson, Alex Knox