Preview: Ferriby v Darlington. Back to back wins for The Villagers?

Ferriby welcome high flying Darlington to the Eon Visual Media Stadium tomorrow as they look to make it back to back wins for the first time this season. The Villagers come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win away at Blyth which brought their disappointing start to the season to a halt.

In the first four games Ferriby conceded 12 goals and didn’t trouble the scorers themselves which was worrying. They were bottom of the table and the Ferriby faithful were beginning to wonder where their first win would come from. Steve Housham never gives up though and his side showed signs of improvement in the fourth defeat at Alfreton. Housham’s side created several chances but were ultimately punished for not taking them.

Despite conceding 1 goal Ferriby were much more resolute at the back and they carried that on last weekend when they kept their first clean sheet of the season at Blyth. Ross Durrant was excellent once again between the sticks and luckily this time all his hard work was rewarded when new signing Akeel Francis scored the game’s only goal at the other end. Ferriby created more chances and should have scored more than one but Housham would have snapped the hands off anyone who offered him a 1-0 win at a tough away ground.

Tomorrow is set to be another tough game for Ferriby as they look to give the home fans some joy for their first time this season. The visitors are Darlington who have promotion ambitions and will see this game as an opportunity to notch another three points onto their tally of ten so far. Housham will be hopeful of a positive result though because despite winning their opening three games Darlington are without a win in two.

The Visitors are likely to have most of the possession in this game and Ferriby will need to be disciplined and patient if they are to get a positive result from the game. The defence has been much better in the last two games and that has to continue tomorrow. At the other end when chances come their way Ferriby have to be more clinical. Akeel Francis’s Ferriby career got off to the perfect start last week as he scored the only goal of the game at Blyth. Steve Housham will be hoping Francis can become a consistent goal scorer for Ferriby and that he can form partnerships with his other forwards who have fired blanks so far this season.

If Ferriby can get something from the game tomorrow it would be ideal ahead of a trip to face their bitter rivals and Housham’s former team Gainsborough Trinity on Bank Holiday Monday for what is set to be a very important game.

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