Match Preview: Dover Athletic (H)

After last weekends trip to Essex ended in a defeat for the Villagers. We are back at the Eon Visual Media Stadium where we are visited by play off hopefuls Dover Athletic.

Ferriby will be looking to bounce back after the defeat against Braintree last time out. Unfortunately it felt as though the game (from the start) was looking likely to be a 0-0 or a 1-0 to either side. It was just one of those games. Both sides had good spells of possession but were not making the most of it. We had 3 very very good chances which we really should of taken. With Curtis Bateson’s shot in the first half well saved by the Braintree keeper and two shots from Sam Topliss in the second half which should of been goal bound. One of them attempts with the goal literally open. After all this, the home side eventually got the winner in a bitter blow for the boys and there relegation fight. I would just like to add. It was pretty cold…

 

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Man of the Match performance from Rob Tinkler (Photo by Liam Foster)

 

Wins in midweek for Guiseley, Braintree and Woking now leave us five points from safety as we sit bottom of the league going into matchweek 33. York still have a game in hand, one point ahead of us in 23rd.

Team news: Simon Russell remains side-lined along with Connor Oliver and Ryan Fallowfield. Danny Emerton will hopefully be fit following a groin injury. Steve Brogan may possibly be fit to play. Ross Armstrong took a couple of knocks to the ankles in the previous game but should be fit.

This Weekends Opponents

Dover Athletic come into this game having only won one game in there last five. That came at home to Chester with a 3-1 victory at the end of January. There previous match ended with a 1-1 draw at home against Wrexham. They will be looking to get back on track with regular wins if they want to finish in a play off spot. Ricky Miller is the obvious danger for The Gulls. Scoring 27 goals this season (and counting) is no mean feat. He also has plenty of history against the Villagers when playing for Boston. So it may feel slightly hostile for him we hope!…Maybe not. Moses Emmanuel is also in double figures. He has scored 11 goals for Dover this season and previously scored against the Villagers back in August.

Our previous meeting saw Ferriby lose 2-0 at the Crabble Athletic Ground. Goals coming from Emmanuel and Lafayette. It was game where Ferriby put up an extremely good fight. Dover were rewarded by some slight defensive errors and the ability at the time to put the ball in the back of the net. Hopefully this time around we see less of both!

Dover’s only injury concern is striker Tyrone Marsh who is out of action with a knee injury.

Player Focus : Rob Tinkler

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He put in a fantastic effort on his debut against Braintree. He was always getting stuck in and was able to make good forward runs as well as helping out in the defensive department. He could become a key player for us during our run in to the end of the season.

Fixtures to keep an eye on:

  • Boreham Wood vs York City (23rd)
  • Barrow vs Torquay (18th)
  • Dagenham & Redbridge vs Guiseley (20th)
  • Maidstone (21st) vs Chester
  • Woking (19th) vs Southport (22nd)

 

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