PR: Brigg Town vs North Ferriby
North Ferriby FC make the short journey across the Humber to take on promotion rivals Brigg Town, in their last game before Christmas. The Villagers go into the game still in possession of top spot whilst Brigg sit in third. There is currently a seven-point gap between the two sides. There is no mistaking the magnitude of this game. The Villagers will see this as a great opportunity to put even more of a cushion between themselves and Brigg, whereas Brigg will see this a chance to pull closer to Ferriby. Chris Bolder’s side will need to be much improved from Saturday’s draw with Shirebrook.
Bolder was asked about what thought of the performance and what the focus has been this week on what needs to improve, “The only positive coming out of Saturday’s game is the fact we remain unbeaten. We were far below our usual high standards, although we had players missing, we still had a strong side out and one that should have had enough to get a result, especially on our own pitch”.
The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Dransfield Stadium back in August. Ferriby came back from 2-1 down to secure a point when Danny Buttle equalised just past the hour mark. Chirs Bolder’s men had plenty of chances to win the game late on as well. Lots has changed since then as both sides, alongside Hallam have pulled away from the rest of the league.
Brigg will threaten the Villagers on Saturday with a high-powered attack that has scored 74 goals already this season. Only second-place Hallam have scored more. The Zebras also have the league’s joint top goal scorer in former Villager Scott Phillips. Phillips has scored 20 league goals so far since joining the Lincolnshire side in the summer. Phillips as mentioned is no stranger to the Ferriby fans. He joined the club in the summer of 2020 and scored a crucial equaliser against Northwich Victoria in last season’s FA Vase. Ferriby kept him quiet in the game back in August and they will hope that their league best defence will keep him at bay yet again. Bolder was asked about the attacking threat posed by Brigg, “There is a definite goal threat, you don’t score that many goals at the halfway point in the season and not have quality going forward. They get goals from all areas of the pitch”.
The Villagers were without Louis Kirk, Danny Emerton and Matty Plummer last Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Shirebrook due to the trio all testing positive for COVID. Bolder expects them to return. Joel Shortland is still missing due to an injury.
For those Ferriby fans unable to make the journey the Development side are at home to Skirlaugh.
Should be an interesting return fixture this weekend for the development lads down at the Dransfield as the young villagers welcome Skirlaugh AFC. The last time the two teams met earlier this season Ferriby suffered a 2 – 1 defeat and so will be working hard to finish the year with a home win.
The match kicks off at 2pm and as always the sports bar will be open before, during and after the game. *FREE ENTRY*
Report kindy provided by North Ferriby.