Well the time has finally arrived. The friendlies are over the contracts have been signed and it’s now time to get down to business. North Ferriby United open their National League North campaign away at Curzon Ashton tomorrow. Ferriby enjoyed their National League adventure last season and defied the odds in many ways but they are now back at a more natural level for them and they will be looking to get off to a good start. We still need to be realistic though. Ferriby still have one of the lowest budgets in the league and there has been a large turnover in players again in the summer so don’t expect miracles from Steve Housham. Both Ferriby and Curzon may well be in the bottom half this season so this game could prove to be very important despite it being the first game of the season.
It’s been a mixed pre-season for Ferriby but things have looked promising considering how many new young players are attempting to integrate themselves into the squad. Unfortunately one of those new players isn’t Neymar despite the club’s tweet yesterday which sent Twitter into meltdown and saw Ferriby thrust into the social media spotlight with over 27 thousand likes. Well played lads!
Alberto, Bobby Johnson, Callum Rzonca, Eddie Rogerson, Jack Barlow, Jake Picton, Joe Pugh, Joel Ambalu, Kyle Dixon, Leigh Hutchinson, Lewis Exall, Mitch Langton, Ross Barrows, Ross Durrant and Russell Fry have all arrived during the summer with only a handful of players still at the club after last season. Steve Housham is entering his 26th season in football and perhaps his most challenging as he attempts to knit all of these new and largely inexperienced players together into a coherent squad.
One new signing is a bit different to the others, Mr Ferriby himself Russell Fry has returned to the club after a year away and he will be a calming influence in the midfield engine room. Alongside Simon Russell who will be like a new signing this season after his injury troubles Fry will play a key role this season for The Villagers. You can read an exclusive interview with Fry in the latest issue of FanaticHull.
Ferriby’s opponents’ tomorrow are one of several Greater Manchester clubs, Curzon Ashton. Curzon are quite similar to Ferriby in terms of fanbase and budget although they are battling against massive clubs in the area both in the professional and non league game so fair play to them for getting a new stadium and trying everything they can to increase their fanbase, a principal that is sadly lacking at Ferriby.
The “Nash” have been tipped to struggle this season as have Ferriby so they will be looking to get three points on the board at home in the opening game. They are favourites and probably rightly so because it’s going to take a while for the new Ferriby lads to gel.
Hopefully Ferriby can have their say tomorrow though and come away with a positive result to start the season.