Ferriby slipped to their 6th defeat in 7 games today against struggling Southport. Here are the key talking points from the game.
Fire Power (or lack of)
Today was Ferriby’s 6th defeat in 7 games and in all of those 6 games Ferriby have failed to register a single goal. Ferriby have notched just 6 goals in 12 games and 3 of those goals came in one game against Guiseley. This is the biggest problem facing Steve Housham at the moment. He has to find a way to get the team scoring more goals or we are in for a very long season. Ferriby’s defence has been improving week on week but they need the security of a couple of goals to begin picking up more points so I hope that the team can find a way to be more clinical in front of goal. Reece Thompson is looking dangerous but we need more players to begin to fire in the final third of the pitch.
Reece has looked like a very promising acquisition so far despite only playing in a few games. He scored the winner at Gateshead and looked by far and away Ferriby’s most dangerous player today. He will be slightly disappointed that he didn’t manage to score despite having 4 or 5 chances but he was very unlucky on a few occasions and his pace had the Southport defence on edge all game. Hopefully he can find the net soon and I’m confident this will spark a run of scoring from Reece which would be invaluable to Steve Housham and the team.
Experience and Flair
We missed two key players through injury today. Our captain Danny Clarke sat this one out after picking up an injury at Dagenham and his experience could have been key in steadying the ship in the second half and perhaps getting us on the front foot. He holds the ball up extremely well and this will be useful for the likes of Reece Thompson who can play off that. We need Clarkey back as quickly as possible. The same can be said of Curtis Bateson. He is certainly our must skilful player and I have seen him turn defenders inside out on numerous occasions. Hard work is not enough we need some flair and Bateson provides that. He is set to be out for 6-8 weeks and he will be a big miss.
After the turbulence of the off season it is a minor miracle the job Steve Housham has done so far with this team. With a lack of spending resources available to him he has had to blood young talent and those lads are playing their hearts out for the Villagers despite a poor run of results. Taron Hare at left back certainly looks a talent and today he was very good in the first half when linking up with Reece Thompson. He held the ball up well and made some mazy runs which on one occasion won him a free kick in a very dangerous position. Steve Housham has openly praised him this season and I echo those sentiments. Ryan Fallowfield is also looking better for the experience he is gaining every week. The other standout from the youngsters is Rory Watson. He didn’t have too much to do today but he has been fantastic in other games this season and he has made some brilliant saves that have won us games against Guiseley and Gateshead this season. He is maturing very quickly into a very good keeper and long may this form continue for the Hull City loanee.
Today’s result was certainly disappointing as Southport sat below us in the table and had been shipping goals. It is important to be realistic however, we all knew at the start of this season that to even stay up would be mission impossible from Steve Housham so to have picked up 10 points from 12 games is by no means as disastrous as some expected. We would all love to see the Villagers survive but even if they don’t the work rate and effort from Housham’s team is very pleasing to see as many teams would drop their intensity levels in the middle of a bad run of results. Housham has built a side with great team spirit that cannot be denied. We need to keep our expectations realistic and get behind the lads every week and their form may well pick up!