Match Preview: Aldershot (H)

After confirmation on Monday of our relegation. We now fight for pride as we enter the last two weeks of our National League season. We face two sides who are eager to complete two very different objectives. Firstly, we play our final home game against an Aldershot team, looking to pip teams such as Dover and Barrow for the final place in the play offs.

Last weekend the Villagers took on Eastleigh. A side who have slid down the league since the departure of manager Ronnie Moore. They came to the Eon Visual Media stadium not really playing for anything but giving the fans something to cheer about. It was the Villagers having the early run of good play and we deserved to go 1-0 up. A horrendous goalkeeping error from Graham Stack meant that Robbie Tinkler was able to slide the ball into the net after 22 minutes. After this, Eastleigh came into there own and should of equalised when a goal mouth scramble was some how blocked off the line by the Ferriby defence.


Picture by Mark Leighton

The second half saw more of the same from Eastleigh and they finally equalised through Ross Stearn who finished exquisitely. The game looked like a draw was on the cards before Reece Thompson sent us into raptures with a late 88th minute winner. We have had our fare share of late goal defeats so its nice to have one go our way. The game finished 2-1 but with other results not going our way, We were all but down. This was then confirmed with our 3-1 away defeat to Barrow on Monday.

Ferriby took the lead 4 minutes into the game through Reece Thompsons tap in. A long throw supplied by Taron Hare was flicked on by a Barrow head into the path of our top goalscorer who put it away easily. Barrow headed in there equaliser only 7 minutes later which wasn’t part of the plan.. But then two goals in 3 minutes for Barrow just before half time all but sealed the win for the Bluebirds. Who are still pushing for the play offs.


Picture by Liam Foster

Reece Thompson will hold the key to any possibility of giving us a happy end to the season. Our top scorer has looked deadly over the last couple of weeks and tomorrow will hopefully be no exception. Service to him has got to be the main objective. Danny Emerton has also impressed me with his urgency and i feel if he can create the service for Thompson. We will be in business.

TEAM NEWS: Russell, Armstrong, Kendall, Brogan and Bateson all remain out. Skelton was substituted early on against Barrow with a shoulder injury. But Housham is hopeful he will be fit to play.

This Weekends Opposition

Aldershot currently lie 5th in the National League. Recent league form has been impressive for the Shots, they are unbeaten in the last 7 games. There last defeat coming away to Guiseley in mid March. Aldershot are a point ahead of Dover and 4 ahead of Barrow in the fight for 5th place. But Dover do have a came in hand on them so a result for Aldershot is much needed if they want to continue fighting till the end.

Striker Scott Rendell is there man to watch, scoring 12 goals this season. Level with our man Reece Thompson.

Our previous meeting at the EBB Stadium saw The Villagers suffered a 2-0 defeat which was a deserved defeat in all honesty. Aldershot were dominant not allowing Ferriby any space to play. Any chances we did get were not taken and we were made to pay. Two goals inside the first half an hour of the game ensured the three points for the Hampshire based side.

Ferriby have to capitalise on the fact Aldershot are in a position to get into the play offs. A lot of pressure will be riding on there players to come out and win the game. This will hopefully be something we can exploit and help us grind out a result.


Make sure you pick up a copy of Issue 4 and the final issue of the View From The Allotment End fanzine for this season. Darren and the rest of the lads can be found outside the turnstiles. £2 is a bargain for the content inside! (Even though the front cover is now slightly out of date..)


It has been a pleasure helping out with content for the fanzine over the course of the season. We hope we can continue to do so next season

Get in contact with Darren on Twitter if you want to reserve a copy:

@VFTAE or @knockernorton1

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Match Preview: Boreham Wood (H)

After a somewhat history making win at The New Lawn last weekend against Forest Green, The Villagers must remain focused if they want to close the points gap to the teams above. Boreham Wood the opposition for this weekends National League fixture.

It was a great story across the non league map as Ferriby won 1-0 against Forest Green. We are only the second team to beat them at The New Lawn this season. It was a game where we looked competitive throughout, we was able to create a number of chances which is something we don’t see consistantly week in week out. Fallowfield and Tinkler came extremely close in the first half to giving us the lead if it wasn’t for two very good blocks from the Forest Green back line. Forest Green’s best chance came when Fabie Roberts hit the post from the edge of the area.  It was Reece Thompsons second half header which sealed the win for Ferriby. His 9th goal of the season.

Debutant Owen Evans played very well. Clean sheet, made a number of stops to keep us in the game and also was in the National League Team of the Week. A very good start to his North Ferriby career. He said in an interview with the club that he was happy with hitting the ground running and wants to keep this standard up for the remainder of the season. His home debut up next, lets hope for more of the same. 

TEAM NEWS: Kendall, Armstrong, Russell, Bateson and Brogan are again sidelined. The rest of the squad are fit to play.

This Weekends Opposition

Boreham Wood currently lie 12th in the Natuonal League. There form of late has been very poor. Only two wins in there last ten league games. Since the turn of the year, Boreham Wood have lost 7 of there last 8 away games. Something which will give Ferriby will know and be able to exploit. However there last win did come against table toppers Lincoln City back in late March. So they aren’t shy of springing a surprise.

Our previous meeting at Meadow Park saw us slenderly lose 1-0. A tough afternoon for The Villagers. Boreham Wood had he majority of the possesion with Ferriby lining up with 5 at the back.  This mean’t we lost the midfield battle which killed off the game. A goal just after half time from Anthony Jeffery gave Wood the 3 points. 

Player Focus: Reece Thompson

He found his goalscoring form once again last weekend and we will be looking to him once again to find the back of the net. Our top scorer with 9 goals, an impressive tally with us not being able to score many as a full team. Hopefully he will move into double figures on Saturday

Fixtures you may be interested in..

  • Sutton vs Southport (24th)
  • Chester vs York City (22nd)
  • Aldershot vs Torquay (21st)
  • Barrow vs Woking (20th)
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Match Preview: Forest Green (A)

After what has been a very dismal past few week or so. We turn up to The New Lawn to face Promotion pushers Forest Green at completely the wrong time.

Our previous three fixtures have left us potentially being relegated by as early as next week and also bottom of the National League. 13 goals conceded and only 3 scored. Simply not good enough. It started off with a 4-1 defeat to Solihull Moors. It then spiralled into a nightmare. The following Tuesday we were beaten 4-1 again. This time by Tranmere. To top it all off, last weekend we visited Gander Green Lane and yep.. we lost 5-1. We found ourselves on the back foot almost immediately and we just never got going. Ferriby were 3-0 down at half time. With a mountain to climb, Robbie Tinkler pulled one back for the Villagers to bring back some hope for the travelling fans. Unfortunately however, this wasn’t enough. We are now 10 points away from safety.

Houshams men have put up a huge fight over this season. But is it all over now?

In other news, and its more bad news. Rory Watson has been recalled by Scunthorpe United. This is a devastating blow for the boys because he has kept us in so many games across this season and has pulled off some magnificent saves also. We wish him the best of luck with his return to the Iron and hopefully he can establish himself as a great professional goalkeeper. 

With Watson’s departure. The National League allowed us to sign a goalkeeper even though the transfer window had passed. Ferriby were very quick to announce a replacement. Owen Evans signed from Wigan Athletic on Friday night and will most likely make his full debut this weekend. Evans is a Wales U19 international and was recently on loan at Rhyl FC in the Welsh Premier League. We would like to welcome him to North Ferriby and wish him all the best with his loan spell.

Yes we have more bad news.. Ryan Kendall and Ross Armstrong have joined Curtis Bateson on the list of players out for the rest of the season. The lack of players is starting to become a worry, with a number of youth players playing against Sutton last weekend.  Squad depth is most definitely not on our side. One positive is the fact Taron Hare is back from suspension following his 3 match ban for the red cars against Bromley.

To summarise, Kendall, Bateson, Russell, Armstrong are all sidelined. Therefore young players George Bell, Kojo Kyei and Tom Bolton abain will join the squad.

This Weekends Opposition

Forest Green lie 3rd in the National League, only a point away from table toppers Lincoln City.  There last 10 games have consisted of 7 wins and 3 defeats. There last game ended with a heavy  3-1 defeat to the Imps at Sincil Bank. So they will be looking to get back on track just as much as Ferriby. Promotion is certainly not out of there reach, with Lincoln beginning to drop points. They have a huge chance to capitalise on that. There main threat will come from Christian Doidge, who has scored 23 goals this season for Rovers.

Forest Green will be without Ethan Pinnock after suffering a knee injury.

Our previous meeting a at the Eon Visual Media stadium ended with a 3-0 victory for Forest Green. They certainly looked completely out of Ferriby’s league. It was a tough match to watch that’s for sure. I can’t recall us having the ball for more that then. A coulle of minutes at a time. I hope and pray we can get something from this weekends game. But with recent form, i am struggling to have any confidence. Especially with the growing injury list and the amount of yourh players we have to rely on.

Player Focus: Owen Evans

Owen will have to stamp his authority as quick as possible with his arrival only a day before this weekends fixture, but with prevous experiences on loan at other clubs. It shouldn’t take him too long to settle down into life here. With striker Sam Cosgrove also from Wigan on loan, he will help with igniting that team chemistry.  Fingers crossed for a successful time at the club.

Fixtures you may be interested in..

  • York City (22nd) vs Braintree
  • Woking (21st) vs Sutton
  • Southport (23rd) vs Guiseley

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29th March 2015: History Makers

To have a chance of winning silverware in any sense is a special occasion. But to have the chance to do it with a backdrop of Wembley Stadium is even more special. Especially for teams like North Ferriby United, a small village club in East Yorkshire.

Getting the bus in the early hours knowing your final destination is a cup final at Wembley against higher league opposition. It fills you with a fair amount of adrenaline. Because whatever the result. It is a huge acheivment to get to this stage as a National League North side. After a very long drive including a fair amount of sleep (for me anyway) we arrived to the sight of the famous arch and our club logo and name broadcasted on the big screens. This just fuelled the excitement of everybody.

Glorious view of Wembley Stadium

A few pubs visited and a few pints later… we entered the ground. Even though Wembley only opened the lower tier of the stadium for this match, it was still an amazing feeling to be there supporting my local club. With Wrexham being the opposition on the other hand, it could well of been a very long 90 minutes. Maybe even more.

With 3,000+ supporters wearing green and white, the players entered the hallowed turf to massive applause. Dreams of non league players were becoming a reality and dreams of the fans were also becoming a reality.

The game kicked off and with Wrexham on the front foot from the start, it was little surprise. 11 minutes in it was 1-0 to Wrexham. Dangerman Louis Moult finishing neatly past a half fit Adam Nicklin.  My hopes about a recovery were still optimistic. At the end of the day it was only 1-0. The second goal was abit more difficult to take though. With Jay Harris only just returning to the field after going down injured, he was in total open space to slot the Dragons 2-0 ahead with only half an hour left of the game.

This goal really dishearted me, because i thought it was all over.. How wrong was I.

A lifeline was granted with 15 minutes to go. Danny Clarke brought down in the area by the Wrexham keeper earned us a penalty. A booking was given for the challenge which is completely bonkers. Straight red all day long. Micheal Oliver is supposed to be a top Premier League referee?! The penalty was the best i have ever seen. Liam King, Top bins, 2-1.

Then 5 minutes to go… Absolute elation. Ryan Kendall gives us the equaliser. An unlikely source going off recent form. Unbelievable. It is what dreams are made of. The game ended 2-2. A thrilling 90 minutes, but extra time was to come.

Extra Time was even more tense. I didn’t want to see us get to this stage and lose. The Villagers struck first. Ryan Kendall again. I was in dreamland. I reckon Ryan wasn’t far off cloud nine himself. It was a shame Louis Moult had to spoil the party right at the death. An unstoppable shot. No chance for Nicklin. Crank up the pressure. Penalties it was…

I hardly looked at some of our penalties. I don’t think i will ever be so nervous for a penalty shoot out in my life. It was horrendous. Especially with the likes of Denton and St Juste missing there penalties. We somehow managed to take it to sudden death. I made sure i peaked for the final Wrexham penalty though. Tomasson took it. Saved by Nicklin. We had won the cup. Pure emotion. I couldn’t believe what we had just done. 2-0 down to 3-2 up. Ended up with penalties and we won it. The classic cup final. Ferriby’s finest hour.

It is a day i will never forget. 5 years of supporting the team with my best mates. I would of never thought that one day we would be playing at a stadium of this magnitude and to win the way we did. It will live long in the memory of the fans, players, staff and the club itself. We may reach Wembley again one day. But if we don’t, i don’t mind ending on this story line.


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Ferriby 1-4 Solihull: Second Half Capitulation makes the mountain to climb even higher

After last week’s defeat at Bromley today’s game with Solihull was vital. Ferriby had to win otherwise the impossible dream would begin to live up to it’s title. With Curtis Bateson injured and Taron Hare suspended Steve Housham was down to the bare bones which made the task even harder. Despite all of this Ferriby started brightly and were the better side. They have done this quite often at home this season but have sometimes failed to find a goal. Ferriby were camped in the Solihull half for the first 25 minutes as they won the early midfield battle but unfortunately they couldn’t find a goal. Frustratingly it was Solihull who had the first real chance when they pulled a shot across goal and narrowly wide of Rory Watson’s goal. They then took the lead shortly afterwards against the run of play. A Solihull shot was tipped onto the post by Rory Watson as he dived to his left but the Ferriby defence were caught napping as Simeon Maye pounced on the rebound to give the away side the lead.

This was a blow as Ferriby had been the better team but thankfully it didn’t take them long to find a way back into the game. A corner was floated into the box and was only half cleared. The ball fell to the feet of Robbie Tinkler who took one touch and smashed it home from just inside the area. It was a great finish from the Middlesbrough loanee and was no less than Ferriby deserved. Ferriby continued to pepper the Solihull box with crosses for the rest of the first half but they couldn’t find another goal scoring opportunity and the teams went in level at half time.


Ferriby players celebrate Robbie Tinkler’s goal but that was as good as it got

HT North Ferriby United 1-1 Solihull Moors

The cliché “A game of two halves” is often overused but this game summed it perfectly. Ferriby completely capitulated in the second half and afterwards Steve Housham labelled it Ferriby’s worst half of the season. After being so positive in the first half they never got going in the second period and the cohesion went in midfield and attack.

Solihull took the lead midway through the half. A defensive mix up between Mark Gray and Robbie Tinkler left Rory Watson helpless as he sprinted out of his goal to try and clear the ball. Omari Sterling-James nipped in and put the ball into the empty net. This optimised the half for Ferriby and it would only get worse.

The third Solihull goal was too easy from a defensive point of view. A cross into the box from a free kick was met by George Carline who rose unchallenged to power his header past Rory Watson and into the net. With a little over ten minutes to go this went a long way towards sealing the game for the visitors.

The salt was well and truly rubbed into the Ferriby wounds in stoppage time when substitute Nortel Nortey was given too much space on the right hand side of the box and he did well to steer a shot across Watson and into the opposite corner to spark jubilant celebrations from the visiting fans. For the Ferriby fans it was the total opposite feeling as the reality begins to dawn on them that the task of survival is probably beyond them.

FT Ferriby 1-4 Solihull Moors

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Match Preview Solihull Moors (H)

After back to back wins against Guiseley and Woking we were daring to dream that the impossible may yet still happen and we would stay up. Unfortunately we were brought back down to earth with a bump last week as The Villagers were defeated 3-0 at Bromley. The game started badly when Taron Hare was dismissed for a high challenge before Steve Housham was sent to the stands later in the half for protesting about an alleged elbow from a Bromley player. With these two major setbacks it was always going to be a struggle for Ferriby and in the end they were soundly beaten.

They were dealt another blow this week when it emerged that Curtis Bateson is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury which is a real shame as he has been plagued by injury problems all season but when he has played he has given the team an extra dimension and combined well with Reece Thompson and Danny Emerton. This along with the suspension of Taron Hare means the Ferriby squad is looking lighter than it has all season with Steve Housham really down to the bare bones to pick from.

Team News: Curtis Bateson joins long term absentees Simon Russell, Ryan Fallowfield, and Simon Brogan on the side-lines. Taron Hare is now suspended but one piece of positive news is that Connor Oliver came on as a sub last week and may be fit enough to start against Solihull.

This Week’s Opposition: Solihull were crowned National League North Champions last season with Ferriby following them up through the playoffs. It’s fair to say our opponents have adapted better to the National League which is perhaps understandable given the increased funding and better facilities at their disposal. They currently sit 15th, 7 clear of the relegation zone. Their current league standing is built on a solid start to the season during which they beat Ferriby 2-0 in the reverse fixture. Their form of late has been patchy at best with only one win in their last 5 games.

Ferriby will be hoping to exploit this slightly sluggish run of form the visitors are going through and they simply have to win this game if they want to have a chance of survival. Ferriby are down to the bare bones and have a real mountain to climb but Steve Housham and his team have worked miracles this season, we all hope they can pull off another today!

Player Focus: Connor Oliver. Connor Oliver is probably the most gifted footballer in the squad but despite this he had a slow start to life with The Villagers considering he was playing for Blackpool last season. To his credit he played his way into some form and showed some of his true class especially with his goal away at Southport in January. Unfortunately for Oliver injury struck his just as he was finding his best form. He is now working his way back to match fitness and came on as a substitute last week at Bromley. With the few options Steve Housham has at his disposal at the moment Oliver may well get a chance to shine today and if he can pull the strings in the midfield area we may well have a chance.


Fixtures to watch:

  • Braintree v Southport (24th)
  • Gateshead v Woking (21st)
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Match Preview: Bromley (A)

After back to back wins for only the second time this season. We are back on the road again to face mid table side Bromley. A win would see us increase our chances of escaping the bottom four.

The game against Woking was exceptional. The Villagers were ahead early through another Jake Skelton goal. A glancing header which gave him his second goal in the last two games. Something i didn’t think i would be saying!.. A controversial equaliser which you all may of heard about in our match report, gave the visitors an equaliser. Fair to say it shouldn’t of stood after what appeared to be an elbow on a Ferriby player in the build up. The game should of been stopped and unfortunately it wasn’t.


Controversial equaliser for Woking

Ferriby were back on top in the second half and were rewarded by a winner from non other than our top scorer Reece Thompson. Playing a one-two with man of the match Robbie Tinkler before curling his shot beautifully into the bottom right hand corner. Another vital 3 points which see’s us move up to 22nd in the National League and 4 points from safety.

TEAM NEWS: Simon Russell, Ryan Fallowfield, Connor Oliver and Steve Brogan all remain sidelined. The rest of the squad are fit.

This Weekends Opposition

Bromley currently lie 12th in the National League and have currently not won a game in there last 6. There last win came against Torquay in early February. With Ferriby’s exceptional away form of late, it is a big opportunity to take 3 points at Haye Lane. There main attacking threat will come from striker Blair Turgott, who netted the winner in the previous game at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.

Bromley have strengthened there team in the last couple of days. They have brought in midfielder ex Chelsea trainee Shabazz Omofi from Bristol City and Nathan Ferguson who was previously at Southport in a loan spell from Port Vale. Be sure to watch out for them as they make there league debuts this weekend.

Our previous meeting against The Ravens saw us lose 2-1 in a game which we should of got at least a point from. We was very good in this game up until we went  1-0 up. We went ahead in the game via Reece Thompson in the 52nd minute, only for Bromley to equalise five minutes later. it was then a bitter blow when there main man Turgott scored the winner a minute from time. Once the first Bromley goal went in it was extremely difficult to watch, they kept coming and coming and it was a question of when they were going to score not if. Hopefully we can have less of the tension this time around and make it three in the  bounce.

Player Focus: Reece Thompson


Reece Thompson

He has been incredible in the last few games. Scoring a cracker against Guiseley and then scoring the winner against Woking last weekend. Reece will very difficult to stop if he is given too much room in the final third. Fingers crossed for more goals in this game and the games to come.

Fixtures you might be interested in..

  • Southport (24th) vs Torquay (21st)
  • Sutton Utd vs York City (23rd)
  • Woking (20th) vs Boreham Wood



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