PR: North Shields vs North Ferriby
North Ferriby FC get their FA vase campaign underway with a trip to the North – East to face North Shields. The Villagers received a bye up to the second round due to their impressive run-in last ears competition, which saw them reach the fourth round before being removed from the competition due to fielding an ineligible player.
North Ferriby are no strangers to Northern League opposition having faced Seaham Red Star, West Auckland, and Whiteley Bay over the last two seasons. The latter knocked the Villagers out of the FA Cup in August with a 5-2 win at the Dransfield stadium in a replay. North Shields will be a tough prospect for Chirs Bolder’s men with the ‘Robins’ sitting in 4th position in the Northern League. Daniel Wilson will be the man that the Ferriby defence will need to keep an eye on. The North Shields forward has scored 14 goals so far. North Shields are former winners of the competition when they won 2-1 against Glossop North End in 2015. Chris Bolder is all too aware of the challenge his side face this weekend, “It is one of the toughest draws we could have been given. Northern league sides are always very competitive, and we have a long journey up there which will add to the challenge”.
The Villagers can go into the game full of confidence. They are still unbeaten in the league and come into the game off the back of a 2-1 win over Clipstone at the weekend which kept Bolder’s men top of the table. The Villagers weren’t at their best but crucially came out with the vital three points. When asked about the focus now turning away from the league, Chris Bolder said, “The lads approach every game with the same objective. It is important that we continue to always back ourselves to come away with a positive result”.
The Villagers will be without Ben Leyland who is suspended after his red card against Maltby Main last Tuesday. Josh Whiteley is cup-tied having played for Glasshoughton earlier in the season. Liam Nelthorpe looks likely to miss out with a knee injury.
Report kindly provided by North Ferriby.