PR: North Ferriby vs Penistone Church

North Ferriby Fc host Penistone Church on the weekend, looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat against Maltby Main.

The defeat at the Dransfield was the first home defeat for Chris Bolder’s side since January. The first half went as planned for the Villagers, two goals from Josh Whiteley put his side 2-0 up at halftime. However, three unanswered goals in the second half for the visitors ended the Villagers’ unbeaten home record.

Chris Bolder summed up last week’s game, “We are looking forward to bouncing back from a disappointing second-half defensive display. We still created an abundance of chances to put the game beyond them but unfortunately, if we defend in that manner against anybody, regardless of how many players they have, or what formation they are playing, then you will find it tough. We have worked really hard in both training sessions this week and reflected with regards to these issues”.

Penistone Church currently sit in ninth place. Stephen Lenthall’s side are ten points behind the Villagers. Last time out they exited the FA Vase, losing 2-1 at FC St Helens, coincidentally, the same St Helens side that defeated Chris Bolder’s side in the same competition back in August.

Bolder was asked to give a quick overview of where he feels the season is after 14 games, “We still haven’t quite found the right formula, regarding our personnel and our formation, mostly due to the fact we have been dictated to quite a lot due to player availability. We have averaged 10 players unavailable each game and these players have changed too, so it has made getting any consistency in team selection almost impossible. This is why we have assembled such a strong squad as we know that it is vital to be successful. Considering all of this, we are still in a good position and although we all know it could have been so much better, that is football, and we have to be pleased with where we are currently.”

Preview provided by North Ferriby.