Too early to declare a crisis? Maybe but things are looking bleak for Ferriby. They travel to Alfreton tonight with three defeats and no goals to show from their opening three games. Their miserable start to the season was compounded on Saturday when they were hammered 5-0 by Brackley Town.
It was 1-0 with twenty minutes to go but some pitiful defending allowed James Armson to bag himself 4 goals in the final twenty minutes to give the score line the gloss it deserved from a Brackley perspective. Ferriby were awful from the start and could barely string two passes together all game. This might sound harsh but it’s the truth and the players need to step up and quickly!
Only two teams are yet to pick up a point and Ferriby are rooted to the bottom of the table thanks to their -11 goal difference. The defence has looked shaky at best so far and if it wasn’t for the impressive Ross Durrant the goal difference would have been worse than -11. He was the one player to come out with any credit on Saturday, without him it could have been 8 or 9.
Steve Housham has a tough task on his hands we all know that. He doesn’t have any resources at his disposal and the lack of quality in certain areas of the squad is there for all to see. Housh won’t give up though that’s not in his nature and he will be looking to pick his players up to go again tonight.
Housh has given his thoughts ahead of the game and emphasised his side must be willing to battle harder in games, “I’m looking for the players to come out with the right spirit and attitude. We have to be stronger physically. Teams are bullying us out of possession. We knew this season would be tough but we are not helping ourselves. It’s not just results that matter, it is performances. You can take defeat when you play well and lose to a better team but it is far less easy to take when you don’t come close to matching your opponents.”
We can all accept defeats but not in the manner of Saturday’s and that level of performance must not be replicated tonight. Alfreton knocked Ferriby out of the FA Trophy last season but they have only won one of their opening three games so this could be an opportunity for Ferriby to get some points on the board.
Alfreton is a tough place to go and the pitch isn’t great so pretty football is unlikely but Steve Housham won’t care as long as his side get stuck into the physical battle and if they do that they have half a chance. They are desperate for a goal and let’s hope they can get at least one tonight which could open the floodgates.
A win will need to come soon or it will be a very long season for Ferriby. It won’t be easy tonight but stranger things have happened in football and it would be great to see The Villagers travel back to East Yorkshire with three points!
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