Match Preview: Aldershot (H)

After confirmation on Monday of our relegation. We now fight for pride as we enter the last two weeks of our National League season. We face two sides who are eager to complete two very different objectives. Firstly, we play our final home game against an Aldershot team, looking to pip teams such as Dover and Barrow for the final place in the play offs.

Last weekend the Villagers took on Eastleigh. A side who have slid down the league since the departure of manager Ronnie Moore. They came to the Eon Visual Media stadium not really playing for anything but giving the fans something to cheer about. It was the Villagers having the early run of good play and we deserved to go 1-0 up. A horrendous goalkeeping error from Graham Stack meant that Robbie Tinkler was able to slide the ball into the net after 22 minutes. After this, Eastleigh came into there own and should of equalised when a goal mouth scramble was some how blocked off the line by the Ferriby defence.

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Picture by Mark Leighton

The second half saw more of the same from Eastleigh and they finally equalised through Ross Stearn who finished exquisitely. The game looked like a draw was on the cards before Reece Thompson sent us into raptures with a late 88th minute winner. We have had our fare share of late goal defeats so its nice to have one go our way. The game finished 2-1 but with other results not going our way, We were all but down. This was then confirmed with our 3-1 away defeat to Barrow on Monday.

Ferriby took the lead 4 minutes into the game through Reece Thompsons tap in. A long throw supplied by Taron Hare was flicked on by a Barrow head into the path of our top goalscorer who put it away easily. Barrow headed in there equaliser only 7 minutes later which wasn’t part of the plan.. But then two goals in 3 minutes for Barrow just before half time all but sealed the win for the Bluebirds. Who are still pushing for the play offs.

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Picture by Liam Foster

Reece Thompson will hold the key to any possibility of giving us a happy end to the season. Our top scorer has looked deadly over the last couple of weeks and tomorrow will hopefully be no exception. Service to him has got to be the main objective. Danny Emerton has also impressed me with his urgency and i feel if he can create the service for Thompson. We will be in business.

TEAM NEWS: Russell, Armstrong, Kendall, Brogan and Bateson all remain out. Skelton was substituted early on against Barrow with a shoulder injury. But Housham is hopeful he will be fit to play.

This Weekends Opposition

Aldershot currently lie 5th in the National League. Recent league form has been impressive for the Shots, they are unbeaten in the last 7 games. There last defeat coming away to Guiseley in mid March. Aldershot are a point ahead of Dover and 4 ahead of Barrow in the fight for 5th place. But Dover do have a came in hand on them so a result for Aldershot is much needed if they want to continue fighting till the end.

Striker Scott Rendell is there man to watch, scoring 12 goals this season. Level with our man Reece Thompson.

Our previous meeting at the EBB Stadium saw The Villagers suffered a 2-0 defeat which was a deserved defeat in all honesty. Aldershot were dominant not allowing Ferriby any space to play. Any chances we did get were not taken and we were made to pay. Two goals inside the first half an hour of the game ensured the three points for the Hampshire based side.

Ferriby have to capitalise on the fact Aldershot are in a position to get into the play offs. A lot of pressure will be riding on there players to come out and win the game. This will hopefully be something we can exploit and help us grind out a result.

Finally…

Make sure you pick up a copy of Issue 4 and the final issue of the View From The Allotment End fanzine for this season. Darren and the rest of the lads can be found outside the turnstiles. £2 is a bargain for the content inside! (Even though the front cover is now slightly out of date..)

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It has been a pleasure helping out with content for the fanzine over the course of the season. We hope we can continue to do so next season

Get in contact with Darren on Twitter if you want to reserve a copy:

@VFTAE or @knockernorton1

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