Fixture day. The day everyone looks forward to, especially fans of North Ferriby United, who are back in the Conference North amongst some familar friends and foes..
Yes everyone plays one another once at home and once away, but there’s nothing quite like planning away trips, coaches and hotels, and getting excited for the upcoming campaign.
First up for Steve Housham’s side is a trip to Curzon Ashton on the 5th August, with a favourable start awaiting the Villagers. Back to back home games follow as Harrogate and Blyth venture to East Yorkshire, with August ending with a first Derby match against Gainsborough on the Bank Holiday Monday, Housham’s old side.
Ferriby first face Boston, their biggest rivals on Tuesday 5th September. With this fixture falling on a Tuesday night it’s not as ideal as it could be for Ferriby fans. The Pilgrim’s fans always make it hostile at their place and even more so under the lights.
Ferriby have several notable away games before Christmas including trips to Stockport County in September. This is a trip Ferriby fans have fond memories off as we are yet to be beaten at Edgeley Park. The Villagers then travel to Salford City in November to face the Class of 92’s ambitious side.
The festive period has a familiar feel to it as Ferriby will contest the Boxing Day and New Year double header against York City. It was a great double header last year with one win apiece and Ferriby fans enjoyed one of their best away days ever when Reece Thompson scored the only goal at Bootham Crescent on New Year’s Day.
Many felt it was a toss up between York and Gainsborough for the festive games and many will be glad Ferriby have been chosen to play York. Their should be another bumper Boxing Day crowd at the Eon Visual Media Stadium for what should be a cracking Christmas treat.
The last five games of the season are not as daunting as they could be should Ferriby find themselves struggling towards the end. They face Gainsborough, again on a Bank Hoiday Monday, Stockport and Spennymoor before playing their final home game of the season against Kidderminster Harriers who lost in the playoffs last year. They will certainly have promotion ambitions again.
The Villagers finish the season as they will start it, away from home in Greater Manchester. Last season the Ferriby fans were given a big away game to look forward to at Torquay and this year is no different as they face FC United of Manchester on the final day.
Speaking from experience this is a fantastic away day at their new ground and hopefully Ferriby will take a big following to end the season in style.
For Ferriby’s full fixture list visit http://northferribyunited.com/curzon-ashton-away-is-first-fixture-for-ferriby-n and don’t forget Steve Housham’s pre-season preparations begin tomorrow when he takes his side to Haworth Park to face Hall Road Rangers.