Tonight we face Chester in another important home game. After Saturday’s defeat to Macclesfield there are certainly signs of optimism as it was a battling performance against a top 4 side and we were only beaten by a very dubious penalty. Kyle Wootton looked impressive on his debut and he may be a piece of the jigsaw we need to begin scoring more goals.
Ferriby have now won only 1 of their last 8 games which is obviously worrying but I am genuinely seeing signs in these defeats that with a little bit of luck and touch of quality we could start picking points up again soon. Ferriby were very unlucky on Saturday and if Wootton’s shot had gone in and not hit the bar I think we would have gone on to win the game. It wasn’t to be which makes tonight’s game even more important.
Chester are unbeaten in their last 5 games with 3 wins and 2 draws. On Saturday they demolished Dover 5-0 which was certainly a statement of intent from the Cheshire side. They sit plum in the middle of the National League so this is a game we need to be looking to get something from despite their good form.
We’ve met before….
We have met Chester 4 times before with Chester winning comfortably on all 4 occasions. It has to be said this was when Ferriby were a mid-table Northern Premier League side and Chester were enjoying a meteoric rise through the lower echelons of the Non-League Pyramid. They beat us twice in the league, once in the FA Trophy and finally in the Northern Premier league equivalent of the Community Shield after they had won the title and we had won the Doodson Sport Cup. Hopefully tonight the tide turns in our favour…
As we are the home side and will be looking for a win to kick start our season again the key battle is undoubtedly going to be between our strikers and the Chester defence. Kyle Wootton made his Ferriby debut on Saturday and looked dangerous throughout especially when he almost scored the equaliser in the second half when his shot struck the bar. Having signed from Scunthorpe United he has created some excitement amongst Ferriby supporters as he should have the ability to score goals in this league.
Looking to marshal Wootton out of the game will be Chester centre half Ryan Astles who is one of only 4 ever presents in the Chester side this season. This indicates he is a consistent performer at the back and he will be difficult for our strikers to get the better of. The Chester centre backs will have Wootton and Thompson to deal with and hopefully that duel threat will reap rewards for Ferriby.