It’s fair to say the opening day of the season couldn’t have gone much worse for North Ferriby United. Two goals down inside ten minutes they ended up losing 4-0 and finished the game with ten men after Mark Gray’s straight red card.
Ferriby got off to the worst possible start as Curzon flew out of the blocks. They went ahead after three minutes thanks to a clever Max Leonard free kick along the floor into the bottom corner. The defending for the second goal though was nothing short of calamitous and that will worry Steve Housham. In reality, all four goals could have been avoided with more composed defending but the Ferriby backline were like rabbits caught in headlights and it showed.
Things got worse when Mark Gray was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge midway through the second half. Mark isn’t a dirty player but he deserved to walk and he will have been disappointed with the challenge he put in.
Some players did give Villager’s fans cause for optimism. Danny Emerton was superb on the day. He terrorised his marker and put the ball on a plate a couple of times for the strikers but they failed to get on the end of his passes which was frustrating. Simon Russell put in a real shift in midfield while Curtis Bateson looked dangerous off the bench in the second half.
Steve Housham will have been immensely disappointed after the game but being the top bloke that he is he messaged supporters who travelled to Curzon after the match to apologise. He acknowledged the performance was nowhere near good enough and that he will endeavour to improve that as quickly as possible. We are sure you will Housh!
The gaffer would have liked an easier game than tonight to try and put Saturday’s bad result behind him. Ferriby welcome Harrogate Town to the Eon Visual Media Stadium tonight and they had the polar opposite opening day to Ferriby. They demolished Nuneaton Town 4-0 and looked very impressive in doing so. Let’s take a closer look at tonight’s opposition.
Harrogate are certainly an ambitious club and are aiming for promotion, their decision to go full time illustrates that. The manager Simon Weaver has done plenty of business over the summer and a couple of his signings will be very familiar to Villagers fans.
Ryan Fallowfield and Ben Middleton should both start tonight for Harrogate as they return to the EVM Stadium after just a few months away. These are certainly two cracking signings for Harrogate. Fallowfield will boss the midfield at this level and Middleton came on leaps and bounds under Housham last season. No need to thank us lads!
Another dangerman for Harrogate is Striker Jordan Thewlis. He is a real fans favourite for them and returned to the club in May after spending a year at Gainsborough Trinity. He bagged a brace on the opening day so he will be brimming with confidence tonight.
They got off to the perfect start on Saturday as they hammered Nuneaton 4-0. This has put down a marker and they will want to continue their good start tonight. The odds are they probably will but Steve Housham has pulled rabbits out of the hat before, remember Forest Green away last season, so let’s hope he can do it again tonight!