Forest Green Rovers V North Ferriby United Preview

It’s pretty simple really Ferriby need a win at Forest Green against all the odds. Steve Housham’s side have battled more than admirably all season in the National League. In the last few weeks however the results have not been good for Ferriby. After having only one real hammering all season before the start of march the Villagers have been humbled in their last 3 encounters at they have conceded 13 goals losing 4-1 to Solihull and Tranmere before it got worse at Sutton United last week as they lost 5-1. Ferriby are now rooted to the bottom of the National League table and could be relegated as early as next weekend if results don’t go their way.

This is probably the worst possible time to be travelling to Forest Green. The hosts sit third and will still be harbouring hopes of pipping Lincoln City to the league title. They lost heavily to Lincoln last time out so they will be looking to put Ferriby to the sword on Saturday. Forest Green have a huge budget compared to Ferriby and have Football League aspirations so there is little wonder that Ferriby are being priced at 16/1 to win on Saturday.

Steve Housham has had an impossible time of it recently with his young squad riddled with injuries and beginning to tire after a long gruelling season. To make matters worse he has been dealt another blow in the lead up to this game as Rory Watson has been recalled to Scunthorpe. Watson has been arguably Ferriby’s best player this season with the immensely talented young goalkeeper rescuing several points for Ferriby and earning himself a permanent move to Scunthorpe United from Hull City in the process. It was mentioned that Watson would remain at Ferriby for the rest of the season but Scunthorpe have chosen to recall him meaning young Jordan Douglas will be asked to step into the role and he couldn’t have been given a much tougher assignment than trying to keep out the Forest Green strike force. One positive note for Housham is that Taron Hare will be available for selection again after serving a three match ban following his red card at Bromley.

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Rory Watson has been recalled by Scunthorpe

This all sounds bleak for Steve Housham and his side but they have surprised a fair few people this season and a win at Forest Green would probably be the biggest surprise of the lot but stranger things have happened and a win would be another highlight of a courageous battle this season.

 

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