North Ferriby United v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 4 March 2017
The Cards fought hard for their crucial 1-0 win at home to Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening. A win at North Ferriby United on Saturday would be even more valuable since it would open up a ten-point gap over The Villagers and perhaps enable the Cards to ‘haul in’ one or two clubs above them.
It was just as well Woking gained all three points on Tuesday evening since all the clubs at the bottom fared well on a night of some very surprising results. Maidstone, Braintree and Guiseley all won, while York City managed a very creditable draw at Lincoln City. Torquay, who did not play, suddenly found themselves in the bottom four as a result, with Southport and North Ferriby United, also sitting it out, similarly losing ground in consequence. Woking now sit in 19th place with 37 points, still ahead of Maidstone United (for whom Delano Sam-Yorke was on target in their 2-0 away win at Dagenham and Redbridge) on goal difference, with Torquay, with a game in hand, now occupying the final relegation place on 35 points. Southport are on 31 points, North Ferriby on 30 and York City on 29. Southport and York both have a game in hand.
Woking will once again be without skipper Keiran Murtagh, serving the second part of his two-game suspension following ten yellow cards. It seems unlikely that Garry Hill will want to tinker much with the side that won on Tuesday evening, although it would be good if Connor Hall was fit enough to come back into the reckoning.
NORTH FERRIBY UNITED
The Villagers, based just outside Hull, have enjoyed great success in recent years. They were promoted to the Conference North in 2013, beat Wrexham on penalties in a dramatic FA Trophy Final in 2015 and then secured promotion to the Vanarama National League, through the play-offs, last season.
Not surprisingly, though, they are finding it tough going in their first season in the top tier of non-League football. They started reasonably well, drawing at home to Braintree Town and then beating Guiseley and Torquay at home after away defeats at Lincoln and Dover. But the following 15 games, prior to the encounter at Woking (see below), saw them win only once, a 1-0 away victory at Gateshead on 13 September, while 13 were lost and one drawn, with only one goal scored. Since the draw at Woking they have won four league games and lost nine. Their 2-1 at Guiseley last Saturday ended a four-match losing streak. At home, Ferriby have won four league games, drawn two and lost 11.
Manager Steve Housham can still call on quite a few players who have tasted success with the club in the last few seasons, including defenders Sam Topliss, Mark Gray and Ben Middleton, midfielder Danny Emerton and strikers Ryan Kendall and Curtis Bateson. Arrivals in the summer included 20-year-old keeper, Rory Watson, on loan from Scunthorpe United; Taron Hare, a young defender previously with York City and Scunthorpe; Jake Skelton, a 20-year-old defender from Leeds United; Connor Oliver, a striker from Blackpool; and Kyle Wootton, a striker on loan from Scunthorpe. Perhaps the best known new face was that of experienced midfielder Simon Russell, who has played for Kidderminster, York and Cambridge amongst other clubs. More recent arrivals are Sam Cosgrove, a striker signed on loan from Wigan Athletic; Matty Templeton, a utility player signed on loan from Barnsley; Robbie Tinkler, a 20 year-old midfielder on loan from Middlesbrough; and Matty Dixon, a midfielder from York City but who was born in Hull.
The Villagers have had poor luck with injuries recently, losing Steve Brogan, Simon Russell, Ryan Fallowfield and Connor Oliver, although the last-named made a brief substitute appearance against Guiseley.
North Ferriby United FC
Eon Visual Media Stadium
Telephone: 01482 634601
Official website: www.northferribyunited.com
The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.
The directions on the Villagers’ website suggest: A1 or M1 north and head towards Hull, taking the M18 and the M62, which becomes the A63 about 12 miles from Hull. Look out for the turn off for Ferriby on the left. Go over the bridge and turn left. Follow this road past the Duke of Cumberland pub. There is a crossroads just after the pub: you need to turn right down Church Road. Follow the road down, past the church, and you will quickly come upon a sign for the ground on your left, just before the overhead rail bridge. It is usually best to find somewhere to park on Church Road, as the car park down Grange Lane fills up fast. From the top of Grange Lane it is a short walk past the allotments to the ground.
Ferriby station is very close to the ground. There are trains from London KX at 10.48, arriving at 13.29, and at 11.48, arriving at 14.31, both involving a change at Doncaster. On the way back there is a train at 17.55, arriving back at KX at 20.46, involving changes at Brough and Doncaster, and a train at 18.37, arriving at 21.10, via a single change at Brough.
If arriving from the Doncaster direction, once out of the station, follow the first road on the right, which will bring you out on Church Road. Grange Lane is only a couple of hundred yards down the road and to your right.
Proof of age may be requested for the following concessions:
OAP – over 65, Students: £8
Under 16: £4
Under 12’s admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
LAST TIME WE MET
Woking 1 North Ferriby United 1
Vanarama National League
12 November 2016
The Cards went into this televised game on the back of a fine win at Stockport County in the First Round of the FA Cup, whilst the Villagers had achieved an encouraging draw against Wrexham following 13 defeats in their previous 14 games and managing to score only one goal.
Woking failed to take advantage of the chances that fell their way in the first half and found themselves a goal down at the interval to a free-kick scored in added time by Steve Brogan.
With Keiran Murtagh and Charlie Carter both hitting the woodwork and other chances going begging, it looked as though the Villagers would leave with all the points but deep into added time substitute Chike Kandi came to Woking’s rescue with an enterprising run and a shot into the corner from the edge of the box.
Woking: Brandon Hall, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Jake Caprice (Max Kretzschmar), Ben Jefford (Anthony Edgar 65), Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke, Charlie Carter (Chike Kandi 68), Fabio Saraiva.
Unused subs: Terell Thomas, Frankie Sutherland
North Ferriby United: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steven Brogan, Taron Hare, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton (Curtis Bateson 46), Danny Clarke, Simon Russell (Danny Emerton 18), Kyle Wootton, Reece Thompson, Ryan Fallowfield.
Unused Subs: Mark Gray, Connor Robinson, Darryn Stamp
The Cards are at home to Boreham Wood on Saturday 11 March.
Come on, you Cards!