Throughout the National League this weekend the results played out largely to current form. 8 of the top 10 won whereas only 1 team in the bottom ten gained all 3 points and unfortunately as we know that was Southport. You can look at this result in two ways from a Ferriby point of view. We have stayed within touching distance of the teams just above us and the drop zone however Saturday clearly represented a big chance for the villagers to gain much needed ground on the teams around them especially Southport who were 4 points behind Steve Housham’s side at kick off. The league table is now starting to take shape so results will become more and more significant as all 24 teams jostle for position in the National League. The battle for survival looks set to be very tight all the way through the season. Ferriby sit 3 points behind Torquay in 16th and it is very tightly bunched at the bottom so a result of any kind at Macclesfield at the weekend would be very helpful in our bid to survive. Now let’s round up all the results from game week 12 of the National League.
The top 4 all won with Dagenham remaining top after recording a 3-1 win over Bromley, their 4th in a row in the league. Oliver Hawkins notched his tenth goal of the season to pull him 3 clear in the golden boot race ahead of Dover’s Ricky Miller 2nd placed Forest Green where 1-0 winners against Braintree whilst third placed Barrow also kept a clean sheet in beating York 2-0, a third win in a row for the Bluebirds. Tranmere defeated Woking 3-1. A much needed result for them after 3 defeats in 4. The only team in the playoffs to lose were Lincoln City who went down 2-0 to Dover making it back to back defeats for the first time this season for the Imps.
Elsewhere in the top ten there were wins for Eastleigh, Aldershot and Ferriby’s next opponents Macclesfield who won 2-1 away at bottom of the table Guiseley who are still yet to win this season. Some of the big name sides in the National League are really struggling for form namely Torquay and York. Torquay slumped to their third defeat in a row losing by the odd goal in 5 against newly promoted Maidstone whilst York went down 2-0 to Barrow. It still seems strange to be playing such massive sides and famous old footballing names never mind being in a survival scrap with them!
Bromley, Braintree and Woking all lost to soften the blow for Steve Housham and his team as other than Southport no one in the bottom third of the table gained significant ground on them. The biggest game in the league this week was arguably the derby between Wrexham and Chester. As is often the case with derbies the rivals didn’t deliver a game full of goals in fact neither team found the net in a 0-0 draw which keeps Wrexham one point ahead of their bitter rivals.
Macclesfield are next up for the Villagers at Moss Rose. They currently sit 9th in the table and have won 4 of their last 5 games with the only defeat coming against 6th placed Eastleigh so it’s sure to be a tough game but as Ferriby showed at Gateshead they are capable of pulling off shocks away from home. A result of any kind this weekend would be welcome as Southport and Bromley could take points off each other while Woking host an Eastleigh side in red hot form and Braintree face a tough trip to Lincoln. We will round up those results and all the others this weekend early next week.