Match Preview: Dagenham & Redbridge (H)

North Ferriby United return to the Eon Visual Media Stadium and play for the first time in 2017 at home as we take on fourth place Dagenham and Redbridge, who are looking to make a swift return back to the Football League this season.

The Villagers will be in high spirits after a memorable victory over York City at Bootham Crescent. The game was watched by over 200 visiting Ferriby fans. Which the players and staff will have greatly appreciated. Ferriby avenged the defeat by The Minstermen on Boxing Day by putting in a very solid performance away from home. With our defence being exceptionally tough to break down, we secured a vital three points. Reece Thompsons calm and collected finish was the difference between the teams and that was the moment which made it one of our best away days to date. With now three wins in our last five games. Form is on our side coming into this upcoming fixture.

 

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North Ferriby travelling support v York City

 

The Weekends Opposition

Dagenham and Redbridge have had a patchy set of results in there last 10 games. Four wins, four defeats and two draws. Including a 4-4 thriller vs Solihull Moors just before the Christmas period. Still, nothing special if you want to be fighting for promotion. They have Dover and Barrow not too far behind them in the league with games in hand so they will have a fight on there hands if they want to remain in a play off position over the next coming weeks. New D&R signing Sean Donnellan who is highly thought of by parent club West Brom, will be one to watch for them as he impressed John Still in his debut against Braintree and is likely to feature once again against Ferriby.

The Daggers were 2-0 victors over Ferriby in our previous meeting back in September. The Villagers stuck up for themselves very well defensively in that game, which took place only 11 games into the season. Unfortunately were unable to shut them out completely. Not a lot was created going forward either which didn’t help the Villagers cause. At that time we didn’t have the likes of Levi Sutton and Kyle Wootton in the team helping to supply Reece Thompson up top. So hopefully with the help of these two players and the good form of the rest of the squad. We will get a result to help with our relegation battle.

Player Focus

 

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Levi Sutton

 

It’s that man Levi Sutton once again. The loanee from Scunthorpe has made an instant impression since joining the Villagers on an initial months loan, before being extended to the end of the season. He played out of his skin against York on New Years Day and should of had a goal to go with that but we won’t go there… He has brought an energy to the midfield which we have been lacking at times and him playing alongside Ryan Fallowfield is a pairing I like a lot. Let’s hope for more of the same for this weekend and beyond.

Games you Ferriby fans might want to keep an eye on over Saturday afternoon

  • Maidstone United v Guiseley (20th v 23rd)
  • Wrexham v Woking (16th v 21st)
  • Dover Athletic v York City (5th v 24th)

 

 

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