PR: FC St Helens vs North Ferriby

North Ferriby FC begin their FA Vase campaign as they face FC St Helens.

The Villagers are looking to overcome the disappointment of exiting the FA cup in their last game. The Villagers fell 4-1 to Heaton Stannington. When asked about his side’s first defeat this season, Bolder said, “we had a good first ten minutes and could easily have taken the lead. An interesting challenge on one of our players galvanised them and sent some of our players into their shells. A few players stood up and made a good account of themselves. It’s a good learning curve for us and we’ve discussed it after the game and at training this week”.

In FC St Helens, the Villagers face somewhat of an unknown quantity. The NWCFL Division One North side won the Cheshire League last year to gain the opportunity to play at their highest level since they were founded in 2014. In the league, they have made a steady start. A 4-0 victory over Runcorn being a high point. Last time out they were defeated 2-1 by Bacup Borough. When asked about his side’s opponents, Bolder said, “they had a successful season last year. They will be full of confidence and will have the advantage of being at home. We need to make sure we are much better than we were last weekend”.

Two seasons ago, the Villagers enjoyed a good run in the vase, reaching the fourth round. When asked about his aims in the competition this year, Bolder went on to say, “our aim is the same as all competitions, we want to be as successful as we can. We had a taste of success in this competition a couple of years back. We need to go to St Helens and impose our game”.

The Villagers go into the game with several players missing. Henry Hampshaw is unable to play as are other goalkeepers Jordan Douglas and Lewis Exall. Tom Corner, Jamie Forrester, Joel Shortland and Niall Tilsley will be missing as well. Bolder will also be without Danny Clarke and Jason Mycoe.

Report kindly provided by North Ferriby