Pre Season Update: Barton, Billy Bly and unplanned ground hopping.

Pre season began for me with a short hop across the river humber to watch Ferriby take on Barton town. I enjoy this annual fixture because it allows all of the regulars to have a catch up before pre season starts in earnest. 

I spent most of the first half having an in depth discussion with James about the trials and tribulations of out rugby teams Hull FC and Hull KR. Ferriby played some promising stuff in the first half and scored after just two minutes through Liam King. Anthony wilson doubled the lead and Ferriby led 2-0 at half time. 

Ferriby played a changed team in the second half and the game seemed to die a bit as a spectacle. Ferriby ended up winning 2-0

Monday night saw the annual Billy Bly Memorial Trophy match with Hull City. 2232 packed into the newly named Eon Visual Media Stadium. It was a glorious night for football and the pitch looked perfect. The game created some good exposure for Ferriby because Sky Sports News were in attendance (they interviewed Steve Bruce before and after the match and showed the goals on their later news bulletins.)

Ferriby played very well and gave a great account of themselves. Hull City won the match 3-1 but Ferriby could take lots of positives from the match including a great cross from Paul Robson which led to Nathan Jarman’s first goal for the club. The performances of Louis Kirk and Matty Wilson stood also stood out for me. 

The club are selling a limited edition 2012/13 treble winning season review DVD and brochure. I purchased one on Monday night and have enjoyed watching the DVD, reliving memories of a wonderful season. 

Ground hopping is something I think is essential for every non league supporter because it allows you to visit lots of different grounds.I use to track all the different grounds i have been to. I think it is great that as a non league fan i can go and watch affordable football at grounds all around the country. This is why i have always been keen on ground hopping however it is difficult for someone like me who is attached to a club so can only go to grounds that they play at. This is why i am taking the opportunity in this pre season to par take in some non Ferriby ground hopping. 

On tuesday night i decided to try and find a fixture to attend. I was looking on the North east counties website and i stumbled across Selby Town. Apologies for my ignorance here but i wasnt even aware that Selby had a team. Selby is 20 minutes away on the train from where i live so i decided this was a good option. I rang my mate Ash and he said he fancied going so we caught the 18:04 train from Brough to Selby. 

The ground was a ten minute walk from the train station, the ground was away from the town centre and in what seemed to be a bit of a deprived area. It was £3 to get in which is fair enough. I thought the ground was very good considering Selby and four leagues below Ferriby. The main covered stand behind one of the goals was impressive and we took our seats in there and waited for the match to begin. Image

Tadcaster Albion were the visitors to Selby and they showed their higher class from the outset, they were 0-3 up before half time and played some impressive stuff. Selby picked up second half and Tadcaster only managed one more goal so the game ended 0-4. 

We headed out of the ground and back to the train station to catch the 21:33 train back to Brough. Apart from a bloke having his ear phones on full blast all the way back it was a comfortable return journey. Another ground ticked off the list.

In terms of new grounds for me I hope to visit Ossett Albion and York City this Pre season. I will also be visiting Lincoln United with Ferriby this Saturday and Queensgate in Bridlington on the 3rd August when Scarborough take on FCUM, (these are also new grounds for me)

Thats all for now, will update after Lincoln on Saturday




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