Preview: Blyth Spartans vs North Ferriby United. Can the Villagers earn first points of season?

Match day again dawns for North Ferriby United. Steve Housham’s side will be looking to build on a much better performance away at Alfreton on Tuesday night, which only lead to a narrow 1-0 defeat, when they travel to Croft Park today.

Blyth Spartans are a new team to the National League north, winning promotion from the Northern Premier League last season. This is a league that Ferriby know well, having not looked back since their promotion from the NPL. Blyth are known for their heroic cup runs, especially in the 20-14:15 FA Cup, where they made it to the 3rd Round, beating local rivals Hartlepool United in their own back yard along the way.

For Ferriby, the task is clear. With 0 points on the board, the table is looking highly worrying. Ferriby have got to get themselves off the mark at some point and, coming off the back of a mightily improved performance, now may just be the right time. Blyth currently sit 10th in the table, winning their last two games 4-2. This therefore shows that although they can score goals, they are also leaky at the back, which is something that Steve Housham will want to capitalise on.

Ferriby will be without Mark Gray, who is serving the second game of his 3 game suspension, so the 2 Jakes, Picton and Skelton, are expected to start in the heart of the defence once again. New signings Luke Foster and Akeel Francis are likely to be in Steve Housham’s squad, having been brought in, especially in Fosters case, for experience.

Photo credit: Mark Leighton

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