Ferriby travel to Cumbria tomorrow knowing that when they get back to East Yorkshire on Monday evening they may well be a National League North side. Despite another defiant win on Good Friday, The Villagers are 9 points from safety with 3 games left and have an inferior goal difference. There are currently 4 teams that sit 9 points ahead of Ferriby and they were all at least 20 goals better off than The Villagers. It would therefore take an unbelievable swing of results in the final 3 games for Ferriby to survive.
Despite the bleak outlook Steve Housham will go into tomorrow’s game with a positive attitude. His side have surpassed all expectations this season and they continued to do so on Friday when they defeated Eastleigh 2-1. Staring relegation full in the face Housham’s side put in one of their best performances of the season and deservedly came out on top thanks to yet another Reece Thompson winning goal. That made it 12 wins for the season which is a remarkable achievement for a team of footballing babies playing against vastly experienced and costly players week in and week out. Ferriby have punched above their weight all season and they will hope to do so once again tomorrow.
Barrow were looking to be heading for the National League playoffs but they are without a win in three games which has left their hopes of a shot at promotion hanging by a thread. They were soundly beaten 4-1 at Bromley on Friday so they will be low on confidence going into the game. There is certainly no love lost between Barrow and Ferriby after their days together in the National League North so Steve Housham will have to do very little to motivate his side going into the game. The travelling Ferriby supporters will be delighted if they can scupper Barrow’s hopes of promotion after some of their supporters were less than complimentary about Ferriby in the National League North.
It’s a short turnaround for Housham’s squad after Friday’s win over Eastleigh so fitness may well be a factor. Housham however will get his side fired up to have a real go in the final three games of the season even though relegation may well be confirmed tomorrow.