Tomorrow we travel to Moss Rose to face the Silkmen, Macclesfield Town. Macclesfield currently sit third in the National league after impressively beating Wrexham 3-0 at home earlier this week. This will be the Villager’s first trip to meet Macclesfield and its sure to be another tough test for Steve Housham and his side. A larger following than usual is expected from Ferriby after the kind donation made by Housham and his players towards travel costs for supporters to this game. Hopefully the travelling Ferriby supporters will be cheering a surprise victory come 5 o’clock on Saturday. Here’s all you need to know about tomorrow’s game.
The home side are in red hot form having won 5 of their last 6 games which has catapulted them into 3rd place in the National League. The only blot on their copybook came against Eastleigh another side in a rich vein of form. They have scored 12 goals in those 5 victories so they are a real threat going forward and the Ferriby defence will have to be focused for 90 minutes for us to have a good chance of getting a result.
In stark contrast to free scoring Macclesfield, Ferriby have been struggling to find the net recently having only scored one goal in their last 7 games. This has resulted in 6 defeats from 7 which has seen the Villagers drop into the relegation zone. They have managed a good away win recently which should give us optimism. Mid table Gateshead were beaten 1-0 thanks to a goal from Reece Thompson who has looked impressive since he has gained a regular starting role in Housham’s side. The bottom third of the table remains very tight so a couple of wins could see any team jump up a few places and hopefully starting tomorrow that team can be Ferriby but with the hosts playing like they are the Villagers will start as massive underdogs. I have a feeling this will suit Steve Housham and his side and hopefully they get the ball down and play pressure free football. If they do then who knows they may pull off a shock.
These are a few of the key player battles we anticipate will be key in deciding the result of the game on Saturday.
Mark Gray v Chris Holroyd: Ferriby centre half Mark Gray will have the task of dealing with Holroyd. Gray has played extremely well this season against a much higher quality of opposition than he has been used to with Ferriby. Holroyd will most certainly beat Gray in a foot race but the big centre half needs to dominate Holroyd early in the air and on the ground which will put Holroyd off his game. Defensive discipline will be key across the park for Ferriby on Saturday but no more so than at Centre Half.
Connor Oliver v Danny Rowe: Connor Oliver has looked like a classy acquisition by Housham so far this season. The former Blackpool midfielder is good on the ball and can pick passes out however on Saturday I anticipate his role to be more as a sitting defensive midfielder tasked with the job of dealing with Macclesfields goal hungry midfield players. One of those is the attacking midfielder Danny Rowe who has found the net on several occasions this season and if he isn’t scoring himself he will be looking to set up Holroyd. If Oliver can keep him quiet in midfield this may cut off Holroyd’s supply line and give us more chance of keeping a clean sheet.
Reece Thompson v John McCombe: Reece Thompson will be up against two experienced Macclesfield centre halves on Saturday. One of those is John McCombe who is a regular at the back for the Silkmen. McCombe will look to intimidate Thompson and bully him out of the game however Thompson may have one key advantage, speed. Thompson is blessed with pace to burn as we have seen in his early Ferriby career. McCombe is 31 and may not be able to keep up with Thompson in a one on one situation. If Ferriby can get Thompson in behind the defence he could have a very successful afternoon. As mentioned the Macclesfield defence is very experienced so it will take patience and skill to break them down. If this happens hopefully Thompson will be ready to pounce.