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North Ferriby VS Seaham Red Star FC

FA Vase 3rd Round 

North Ferriby v Seaham Red Star

North Ferriby Football Club continue with their Wembley dream on Saturday when they take on Seaham Red Star in their Buildbase FA Vase replay at the Dransfield Stadium. Ferriby won the initial game 7-6 on penalties but through no fault of either club the game was ordered to be replayed.

Ferriby’s build up to the game has, like all clubs, been limited to two training sessions prior to a friendly with Garforth last Saturday. It was then two more training sessions ahead of the cup tie and this is the reality manager Chris Bolder and his squad have had to face.

“We played Garforth, a team one division above us, to get some good minutes into our legs after such a long lay off and ahead of the cup tie,” said Bolder. 

“We were only able to train twice before the game but we had two good sessions. But, whatever you do in training sessions cannot really be replicated in the same movements and intensities you get in a game. We lacked quality and I think it was like a typical first pre-season game affair and we can only get better from there on in. 

“The Garforth game also saw us use a lot of numbers to see where we are but with not all of the players being available for the Seaham game. I certainly have selection headaches ahead of the Seaham game as we need competition for places. We need to have players who have got to be on their mettle to get selected.”

The Seaham game will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday but will be subject to current Covid regulations which means it is being played behind closed doors. Bolder goes into the game with just Iwan Heeley missing although there is a doubt over Josh Dennett who picked up a knock on Saturday.

Bolder added: “It’s a weird situation we are in, it’s knockout football but we trained hard this week and we will pick a side which is going to get us the victory on Saturday. From the original squad from the first game Iwan is the only one not to be involved. Josh Dennett, if he trains after his knock against Garforth, will be up for selection. 

“The reflection of the first game was if we can play for the full 90 minutes this time but this is a different scenario as they are in the same boat due to the restrictions we have been placed under due to Covid. It isn’t going to be straightforward as when we were in the groove when we played them the first time . 

“What I am sure you will see is a mistake laden game due to the lack of football having been played. It is really bizarre we can’t have the crowd behind us and frustrating for both the players and the supporters. We just have to get on and deal with it and not look beyond Saturday.”

Should Ferriby be successful on Saturday they will be at home the following weekend when they will take on another Northern League side in West Auckland. However, there is a game to win against a side they have already beaten but nothing will be taken for granted.