After back to back wins against Guiseley and Woking we were daring to dream that the impossible may yet still happen and we would stay up. Unfortunately we were brought back down to earth with a bump last week as The Villagers were defeated 3-0 at Bromley. The game started badly when Taron Hare was dismissed for a high challenge before Steve Housham was sent to the stands later in the half for protesting about an alleged elbow from a Bromley player. With these two major setbacks it was always going to be a struggle for Ferriby and in the end they were soundly beaten.
They were dealt another blow this week when it emerged that Curtis Bateson is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury which is a real shame as he has been plagued by injury problems all season but when he has played he has given the team an extra dimension and combined well with Reece Thompson and Danny Emerton. This along with the suspension of Taron Hare means the Ferriby squad is looking lighter than it has all season with Steve Housham really down to the bare bones to pick from.
Team News: Curtis Bateson joins long term absentees Simon Russell, Ryan Fallowfield, and Simon Brogan on the side-lines. Taron Hare is now suspended but one piece of positive news is that Connor Oliver came on as a sub last week and may be fit enough to start against Solihull.
This Week’s Opposition: Solihull were crowned National League North Champions last season with Ferriby following them up through the playoffs. It’s fair to say our opponents have adapted better to the National League which is perhaps understandable given the increased funding and better facilities at their disposal. They currently sit 15th, 7 clear of the relegation zone. Their current league standing is built on a solid start to the season during which they beat Ferriby 2-0 in the reverse fixture. Their form of late has been patchy at best with only one win in their last 5 games.
Ferriby will be hoping to exploit this slightly sluggish run of form the visitors are going through and they simply have to win this game if they want to have a chance of survival. Ferriby are down to the bare bones and have a real mountain to climb but Steve Housham and his team have worked miracles this season, we all hope they can pull off another today!
Player Focus: Connor Oliver. Connor Oliver is probably the most gifted footballer in the squad but despite this he had a slow start to life with The Villagers considering he was playing for Blackpool last season. To his credit he played his way into some form and showed some of his true class especially with his goal away at Southport in January. Unfortunately for Oliver injury struck his just as he was finding his best form. He is now working his way back to match fitness and came on as a substitute last week at Bromley. With the few options Steve Housham has at his disposal at the moment Oliver may well get a chance to shine today and if he can pull the strings in the midfield area we may well have a chance.
Fixtures to watch:
- Braintree v Southport (24th)
- Gateshead v Woking (21st)