Match Preview: Alfreton Town (A) FAT

We take a break from league football this weekend and begin our FA Trophy campaign against Alfreton Town. Ferriby come into this game off the back of a very good 1-0 victory against Gateshead, which will no doubt boost the players confidence going into this tie. Obviously we have had recent success in this tournament so the fans will be looking for a good cup run after withstanding a so far tough league campaign.

A Look at our Opponents

Alfreton Town currently sit 16th in the National League North and haven’t really been able to get a run of consistency in a league. They lost last week 4-1 away to a Nuneaton side who are also also struggling in a National League North which has become much tougher since Ferriby’s promotion last season. The Reds were relegated from the National League in 2015 and so far have not posed much of a threat to the play off and promotion places. To get into this stage of the FA Trophy, Alfreton beat Gainsborough 4-1 after a replay at The Impact Arena. With the first game at Northolme ending in a stalemate.

Recent games against Alfreton have proven to be difficult for Ferriby. Last season it was a win a piece. Alfreton taking the three points at the Eon Visual Media Stadium in May of this year. Whilst Ferriby won earlier on in the season away from home. Now with a completely different squad however,  I think previous games will go out of the window in terms of comparisons between the two sides. Even though it wasn’t too long ago. A fresh set of players and a fresh mindset.

Player Focus

Reece Thompson

Goals have been a struggle for us so far this season. But this lad is for sure giving us the best opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. Reece Thompson has been playing exceptionally well the last couple of games. Being able to bag a goal against Gateshead and also against Sutton. This game will be a great opportunity to hopefully see more. Away from his shooting boots he has been making all the right runs to create chances to score and looking as a whole a complete menace. A valuable weapon the Villagers cavalry.

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