Bottom of the table North Ferriby United are looking to put their first win on the board since the 19th of August against an FC United of Manchester side who, although starting poorly, are unbeaten in their last 6 games.
Tomorrow is not just an important game for Ferriby, but it is an important for the whole of the non-league community, since it is the 7th annual ‘Non-League Day’. This is the most important day of the non-league calendar, since it the occasion where the whole of the English football world turn their attention away from their usual clubs due to the international break, and go and test the water and see what their local club is like. Hopefully, they will not be disappointed. Thankfully for Ferriby, FC United usually bring a relatively large following anyway, but with it being non-league day, they will hope every Hull City fan who can’t go the weekend without watching a game of football turns up at the Eon Visual Media Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Ferriby will be boosted by the arrival of 35 Feyenoord fans, who, of all the teams in non-league football, picked out Ferriby as a team they would love to see.
As for the game itself, I think it will be a cracker. FC United sit 5 points and 2 places above Ferriby in the table, so a win for the Villagers could bring them right back into the race for survival. However, should Ferriby lose, I think they would be in deep trouble. 8 points is a lot to claw back, especially at this stage in the season. Although they are unbeaten in 5, it must be said that 4 of these games have come in the FA Cup – their league form hasn’t been great! From a Ferriby perspective, the performances have shown signs of improving, with the addition of new signings Kuda Muskwe, Mason Warren and Darnelle Bailey-King really adding more of an impetus to the side. Ferriby have been unlucky with injuries, so to have had this two-week break will have really benefitted the team, with minor knocks and injuries being given plenty of time to heal. The main injury concern for Steve Housham is Danny Emerton, who the club have said will be sidelined for “the next few months”.
Hopefully, Ferriby can break their losing streak of 6 games tomorrow, if not for themselves, but for the 35 Dutch fans! In all seriousness, tomorrow could really make or break Ferriby’s season. A loss puts them in deep deep trouble, but a win could bring them right back into contention of staying up. Up the Villagers!