Tomorrow we take a break from the weekly rigors of the National League and shift our attention to the FA Cup as we enter the competition in the 4th qualifying round. Today’s opponents are Macclesfield Town who defeated the Villagers just two weeks ago. It’s fair to say that the result was controversial as Macclesfield were awarded a penalty for a foul by Mark Gray who appeared to have won the ball but the referee thought otherwise and awarded the penalty. The rest as they say is history.
Ferriby are in a pretty poor run of form at the moment as they try to adapt to the National League. We have lost our last 5 games. Now many people may see that as dreadful but the fact is that we are seriously competing in every game we just have one problem and that is finding the net. The Villagers have failed to score in 9 of the last 10 games and that needs to change for us to be a success this season. Steve Housham has brought in Kyle Wootton from Scunthorpe and he has looked lively in his first few games but as with fellow forwards Reece Thompson, Vinny Mukendi and others he hasn’t been able to convert his chances. I believe all we need is a small change of luck that has escaped us recently and we will turn it around. We were denied by the penalty against Macclesfield in the league, missed a handful of chances against Chester and had a shot cleared off the line which would have got us the equaliser against top of the table Forest Green last week who we competed against for large spells of the game. The 3-0 score line certainly flattered the table toppers and that has been the case a few times this season.
As highlighted earlier today we take what might be a refreshing break from the league to focus on trying to qualify for the 1st round proper of the FA Cup for the very first time. Below we look at how Ferriby have fared at this stage of the competition in recent seasons.
The Elusive First Round
Ferriby have reached the FA Cup 4th qualifying round in the last two seasons and have fallen agonisingly close to making the first round on both occasions. In the 2014-2015 season we traveled to Warrington Town who sat one league below us at the time. We took a big following and we all expected us to make it through. Unfortunately the Villagers didn’t live up to the expectation and put in one of their poorest performance of the season and were defeated 1-0 by the Yellows who went on to play live on BBC 1 in the first round, defeating Exeter City on national television at their tiny ground. We were gutted to say the least.
Last season we went out to fellow National League North opposition Stalybridge Celtic. After being in front and dominating the game at Bower Fold it was frustrating to see Ferriby concede a late equaliser. The replay at the Eon Visual Media stadium was also drawn and Stalybridge went on to win a nail biting penalty shoot-out 8-7 after Mr Ferriby himself Russell Fry missed the decisive penalty. He was absolutely gutted as was everyone in the home crowd. We went on to have a very successful season but it was agonising to come that close to potentially getting a trip to Brammall Lane, Fratton Park or Valley parade.
It’s fair to say that on paper our draw this year is more difficult than it has been in previous years with Macclesfield sitting 5th in the National League. We have to look on the positive side and we pushed the Silkmen all the way a couple of weeks ago at their place so we shouldn’t fear them coming to our ground. They may also have one eye on promotion which could help us as they might not put everything into this game. That is just hearsay and Steve Housham will not be thinking like that. He and all the staff are putting maximum effort into turning our season around and a win tomorrow may just be the spark we need!
Up the Villagers!