PR: North Ferriby vs Dronfield

North Ferriby FC host Dronfield at the Dransfield on Saturday looking to return to winning ways after last weeks draw at Parkgate. The Villagers drew 1-1 in South Yorkshire despite taking the lead through Levi Tarbotton.

The Villagers now sit six points behind leaders Hallam, the league leaders widened the gap winning their game in hand at Retford during the week. If the Villagers are going to put any pressure on the leaders they will need to keep relying on their league-best defence. Chris Bolder’s side are conceding an average of 0.71 goals a game. They also possess a league-high of 12 clean sheets. When asked about his sides defence and it’s success, North Ferriby FC boss Chris Bolder said, “it’s all down to a collective effort, the full defensive unit understands what we what them to do. The way we control possession helps as it allows us to control the ball and not give the opposition as many chances. However, as of late we haven’t seen those same levels. We have been vulnerable when teams attack us and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve only kept one clean sheet in 8.”

Dronfield come to the Dransfield stadium looking to build on their current three-game unbeaten run of games. Last time out, Chris Millington’s side drew 2-2 at home to Selby. Last time the two sides faced each other, Ferriby came out with a 2-1 victory. They had to work hard and show some resilience, as they conceded early on. When asked what his side need to do to beat Dronfield, Bolder said, “We need to focus on ourselves, both offensively and defensively. We haven’t been good enough recently and that needs to change.” 

Ferriby we’re boosted by the return of Joel Shortland at Parkgate last week. When asked about the midfielder’s return, Bolder said, “We need to be patient with Joel, he’s been amazing for us and we have missed him. He’s had a lengthy absence so we need to manage him”. 

There are no fresh injuries for Bolder’s side as they go into the Dronfield game very healthy

Report kindly provided by North Ferriby