This afternoon we face Gateshead for the second time this season. Having already got one over on the side from the North East in September Steve Housham will be keen to see his side to do the double over a National League side for the first time. Ferriby will be hoping they put in a performance similar to the one they summoned up in the last home game. Sutton could have been put to the sword by 3 or 4 the way Ferriby played for 60 minutes. Sutton ended up getting back into the game but the Villagers held on for a vital three points. That win made it 3 games unbeaten for Housham and his side but since then they have come crashing back down to earth with 2 tough away defeats.
Last Saturday Ferriby travelled to last year’s National League North champions Solihull Moors. Ferriby were victorious there last season but it wasn’t to be this time. Kyle Wootton missed a glorious chance to open the scoring early on and after that Solihull dominated the first half. They opened the scoring when two Ferriby midfielders slipped and Rory Watson could only parry the resulting shot into the path of a Solihull striker. A formation change and the introduction of Curtis Bateson at half time swung the momentum Ferriby’s way. They created several chances and were denied what looked to be a stone wall penalty. Solihull ended up doubling their lead on the counter attack and the afternoon was summed up when Curtis Bateson was given a second yellow card right at the death.
On Tuesday the Villagers made the 260 mile round trip to Chester to face a side who they had never beaten in any competition. In fact Ferriby have taken some drubbings from the Cheshire side and Tuesday’s game was played out in a similar fashion. It was 0-0 at half time and Kendall had been denied by the Chester goalkeeper when clean through but that was as good as it got. By the 56th minute Chester were 2 up and they ended up winning comfortably 3-0. Housham has certainly got a big job on his hands to pick his side back up for today’s game with Gateshead. The Villagers have looked good at home in the last few weeks so they should take some confidence from that.
We’ve Met Before
Ferriby travelled to the North East in mid-September without a point on the road all season. They had looked hapless away from the Eon Visual Media Stadium but they had a new trump card to play. Reece Thompson had recently joined the club and he played a key role in Ferriby’s first away win in the National League.
Gateshead sat close to the playoffs at the time but Ferriby had most of the chances. They couldn’t find an opening in the first half but shortly after half time a tenacious Thompson opened the scoring. He won the ball on the by line before playing the ball off a defender and into the net. Ferriby managed to see off the game with relative ease and they will be hoping for a similar performance today when the Heed army come to town.
Player Focus: Levi Sutton
With injuries and suspensions mounting up especially in the midfielder area it is not surprising that Steve Housham has looked to strengthen in the loan market. His latest addition to the squad is 20 year old Levi Sutton signed on a month’s loan for Scunthorpe United. Sutton follows his teammate Kyle Wootton across the Humber Bridge to Ferriby and will be hoping to make an impact in his short spell with the club. He made his League 1 debit earlier this season but is down the pecking order at high flying Scunthorpe so he will see this as an opportunity to impress and stay match fit. He will primarily be used as a central midfielder with Simon Russell and Connor Oliver still missing. Steve Housham will be hoping Sutton can impress on his home debut but he will have a tough afternoon against an impressive Gateshead outfit.
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