Pr: North Ferriby vs Selby Town

North Ferriby put a hold on their league programme when they host Selby Town in the Northern Counties East League Cup at the Dransfield Stadium with a 7:45 p.m. kick-off. The Villagers are the only unbeaten side in the division with the best defence having conceded just six goals. 

Manager Chris Bolder said after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Swallownest further improvement is needed when he said: “I don’t think we were quite at the races and improvement will be needed in certain areas. 

“In the first half we could have scored a few more goals and there was also the penalty miss and it is something we have to address. We had three or four good opportunities to extend our lead but credit to Swallownest they took the game too us and caused us a few problems. 

“We are looking forward to the Selby game but we do have several players carrying niggles so there will be changes from the lads who haven’t played many minutes in recent weeks. We will also be able to have a look at two players who will bring further competition for places.” 

Selby come into this game in second place in the table and are the second to top scorers with 27 goals but have let in 16 with Ferriby in sixth place. The cup though is a different story with both sides looking to progress into the next round before a return to league action on Saturday. 

Gainsborough Trinity FC (U18s) 4-1 North Ferriby FC Development (U18s)

It was a disappointing evening down in Lincolnshire as the U18s from the development squad travelled to Gainsborough in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup. Following some encouraging pre-season performances there was cause for optimism with the young villagers but unfortunately on the night, the young players struggled to match earlier pre-season form.

If not for an outstanding display in goal from 16-year-old James Rowan the scoreline could have been much worse as Gainsborough had much of the possession in a game Ferriby struggled to get into.

Going in at the break 2 – 0 down Ferriby had a spell of dominance in the opening 15 minutes of the second half scoring early and having another shot cleared off the line just 5 minutes later. Shortly after Gainsborough slotted in another goal as the home team looked to counter as Ferriby pressed essentially stopping any chance of a late comeback. One further goal towards the end of the game finished off a well-deserved victory from the Gainsborough team.

Dave Rowan (manager) commented after the game……”Although tonight’s performance was disappointing, the development project is in its early stages and as we try not to get too carried away with victories we should also not get too despondent with defeat. We have some excellent young players and the future looks bright for the club if this group get their heads down and keep working hard”