A defeat which was hard to take for the Villagers on Saturday. An exquisite free kick gave us the lead but it wasn’t enough and Dover ran out winners 2-1. We remain bottom of the National League and now we have to make a quick turn around for the game against league leaders and FA Cup Quarter Finalist’s Lincoln City.
Dover were on a pretty average run of form before they got to the Eon Visual Media Stadium. They also very much looked like a beatable in the early minutes. Ferriby gave away an early penalty following a Ben Middleton challenge. Ricky Miller stepped up and missed. Cracking save from Rory Watson to keep us in the game. It was the ex Boston player though who was pulling the strings up top, long balls into the strikers the favourable tactic for the Gulls. Ferriby took the lead via a Curtis Bateson free kick. Which I think half the ground recording on there phones! The lead lasted only seven minutes before Dover equalised. It was then the away side who grabbed the winner twenty or so minutes before full time. Basic defensive errors were the cause, something which I am sure Steve Housham will be addressing before tonight’s game.
TEAM NEWS: Simon Russell, Steve Brogan, Ryan Fallowfield and Connor Oliver are all out. Danny Emerton took a knock in the last game and will be assessed. He may not be available.
Ferriby squad vs Lincoln: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Matt Templeton, Taron Hare, Ryan Kendall, Danny Emerton, Matty Dixon, Rob Tinkler, Ross Armstrong, Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson, Darryn Stamp, Jordan Cooke, Sam Cosgrove.
On a side note, Steve Housham was particularly angry with the referee following the defeat against Dover. After an off the ball incident which involved a Ferriby player being elbowed. Ross Armstrong went to question the referee about it. The Ref replied saying “The league table doesn’t lie”. This is something which we can neither confirm or deny. But think of it as you will. Here is the full interview by FanaticHull with Steve Housham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMrWEQe1X-M
Lincoln City are currently sitting pretty at the top of the National League three points clear of Dagenham & Redbridge in second and ten points ahead of the final play off spot. The Imps have won four of there last five league games. The one defeat coming heavily away to Barrow in January. They are having an exceptional season under the Cowley Brothers who came in from Braintree at the start of this season. Matt Rhead and Nathan Arnold are the danger men, scoring 13 and 10 goals respectively.
Our previous meeting is a bit of a sore one. Lincoln came out 6-1 winners, with Ferriby down to 10 men for the most of the game after Ben Middleton’s red card. We were just completely outclassed and never looked like making Lincoln’s players break a sweat. So maybe after the very extra ordinary weekend they have just had, we might be able to get something out of this game.. might.
Yes, we can’t mention Lincoln City without mentioning there heroic cup run. Beating Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley on there way to making it to the FA Cup Quarter Finals, where they will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. We would like to wish them all the best in that fixture. They have already done non league football proud.
Player Focus: Curtis Bateson
He was the only player who managed to get on the score sheet in the last game, and was the man to get our first National League goal…against Lincoln. Exploiting his pace on the wing will be key to creating the chances we need to take the fight to the teams above us. Expect him to have a massive impact for us in this game and the remaining games after his early season injury setback.
Also Steve, make sure he keeps free kick duty!
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