After what seems to have been an eternity. We are finally back and ready to continue our fight for survival.. The Villagers make the long trip down to Essex and Braintree Town with hopes of continuing there impressive away form of late, which has included three wins in the last four games. With Braintree hovering only two points above the drop and only four points above Ferriby. We can’t afford to lose in another game classed as a “six pointer”
Our last match ended in a 2-0 home defeat to Macclesfield Town and to be honest the visitors didn’t look a very good side.. It’s just we wasn’t very good either! The game was a very boring one and there was a lack of threat from Ferriby throughout the match. It will be good to finally get onto the next game, after dwelling for two weeks about how bad this game was! I think the highlight though for me and everyone else in the ground was watching Darryn Stamp get played through one on one but losing his footing and falling before he even got to the ball. I think a lot of people had a good chuckle about that… Sorry Stampy.
With no fixture last week, the fans had to sit back and look for the games which included teams fighting around us. Thankfully, Guiseley, Maidstone, Southport and Torquay all suffered defeats leaving us in no worse state then we was 90 minutes prior. Which gives us somewhat a sigh of relief. Unfortunately though, we still have to wait, as some teams still have more games in hand (Guiseley, York, Woking and Braintree (2 in hand)). There is a lot of pressure on Ferriby to keep grinding out the results but at the moment we seem to be doing it. Especially away from home.
With Connor Oliver and Ryan Fallowfield out for at least six weeks, we were in desperate need of bolstering the middle of the park, and that is what we have done. Over last week, Ferriby have signed Ex Hull academy player Matt Dixon from York and also Rob Tinkler from Middlesbrough on loan for the rest season. We at Following Ferriby hope they enjoy there spell with the club. These two players are our player focus as they will surely be getting a decent involvement due to injuries.
We would also like to congratulate Rory Watson on signing a three year deal with Scunthorpe starting from next season. He is an incredible keeper and thoroughly deserves it.
Other team news, Danny Emerton should be back after a groin injury and Steve Brogan could also return. Simon Russell remains side lined with a fractured knee patella.
This Weekend’s Opposition
Braintree Town were the team Ferriby gained there first ever National League point against. When they met on the opening game of the season back in August. That game was dominated possession wise by The Iron, but they weren’t able to break the deadlock with Ferriby being extremely resilient in the defence. We have for sure got much stronger as the season has progressed. But no doubting that the opposition have got stronger also. Watch out for there top goal scorer Michael Cheek. Cheek currently has 11 goals to his name this season.
Braintree lie 18th in the National League and come into this game after a bad defeat in there FA Trophy replay tie against Dulwich. After drawing 0-0 in the first game, a replay would decide the winner. Dulwich went on to win 5-2 and progress in the competition.
Their last 5 league games have consisted of 2 wins, 2 defeats and 1 draw. A good set of results when you find yourselves battling the drop. The latter coming in the last week of January against promotion contenders Forest Green Rovers, where it finished 1-1. There two wins have come against Dagenham and Sutton United on Boxing Day and early January.
By all means Braintree won’t be an easy game. But we have it in our locker right?
Other Matches you might be interested in…
- Guiseley (22nd) vs Eastleigh
- Lincoln vs Woking (19th)
- Southport (20th) vs Dagenham & Redbridge
- Maidstone (21st) vs York City (24th)