North Ferriby go into their final game of the season tomorrow with their relegation already confirmed.
Their 3-1 defeat at Barrow last Monday confirmed The Villagers fate after a spirited fight this season.
Everyone expected Ferriby would go down but to keep the fight going until the 43rd game of the season was some achievement for Steve Housham and his young side.
They have had some big scalps along the way and given the Ferriby Faithful some memorable moments from the year they dined at Non-League’s top table. They now have two final games to enjoy before preparing for life back in the National League North next season.
Steve Housham and his side will want to go out with a bang in front of their home supporters. The players will be doing a lap of honour after the game and they will want to be celebrating a 13th win of the season as they do so.
The game won’t be easy though as their opponents Aldershot are pushing for the play-offs as they battle with Dover for the final place in the end of season shot at promotion to the Football League.
Aldershot currently occupy the coveted 5th place in the National League with a 1 point margin over Dover Athletic so they can’t afford to slip up against Ferriby. The Shots have won 5 of their last 7 games so they are in pretty good form and seem to be timing their run to the playoffs perfectly.
Despite the good form of their opponents this is a free hit for Ferriby who can relax and play football without any pressure. If they get the ball down and play they may well cause Aldershot problems especially if they can hit them on the counter attack.
If Ferriby are to win the key that unlocks Aldershot may well be Reece Thompson. The former York City striker is enjoying a good spell of goal scoring form having scored in both Easter Weekend games.
Ferriby’s top scorer now has 12 goals for the season and he has been one of Ferriby’s standout players. He has scored important goals all season including the winner against Forest Green so he won’t be phased by Aldershot. If he gets enough decent service tomorrow he may well add to his goal scoring tally for the season.
It’s sure to be a tough game for The Villagers but they have nothing to lose and hopefully they can register another win in their final home game of a memorable season.