Ferriby Looking To The Future Amid Tough Times

North Ferriby United manager Chris Bolder knows his side will experience some tough days in their attempt at “building a philosophy”.

The Villagers have had a miserable season so far and have tasted victory just once in the National League North.

A second consecutive relegation looks inevitable but Bolder knows he will be assessed on the club’s long-term results.

Ferriby had ended a run of ten straight defeats with recent draws against Chorley and Leamington but they were comfortably beaten at fellow strugglers AFC Telford United on Saturday.

“The most disappointing thing is that just when we thought we were building a little bit of momentum, building a philosophy and an identity, we took a good few steps backwards,” Bolder said.

“We’ve got to expect that we’ll have hiccups. We’ve got a long of inexperienced players in the squad - lads who have never played at this level before.

“We’re not daft, we’ve got to look to the future. We’ve got to try and establish players now that we believe in and will move forward with next season.

“If we can develop those type of players, they will gain a lot of experience from playing 15 or 20 games in the National League North. It will stand them in good stead for the future.”

There is no respite for the Villagers as they head down to Northamptonshire to take on Brackley Town on Tuesday night.

A wounded animal following their 3-0 defeat at Blyth Spartans at the weekend, Brackley will be looking to bounce back with a convincing performance.

“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” Bolder added. “We’ll have to depart Hull at 2.30 in the afternoon.

“It’s really going to be a test of character and we’ll see who has got the stomach for it. We know the situation we’re in but if the players aren’t 100 per cent committed to the cause, it’s going to be a tough end to the season.”

Photo by Tim Roberts

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