Ollerton Town VS North Ferriby
Ollerton Town FC v North Ferriby FC Match Report (9.11.19)
North Ferriby FC travel to Ollerton Town of Nottinghamshire on the back of a turbulent couple of weeks for the club tomorrow afternoon.
Two weeks ago, the local derby away at Hall Road Rangers was called-off due to a waterlogged pitch and last weekend's home clash with Swallownest FC was abandoned.
Debutant Joe Dale and Eddy Birch scored the goals in a dominant display that saw the Villagers lead 2-0.
With seven minutes left however, floodlight failure caused referee Benn Cass to abandon the game.
The club have announced that there will be an immediate inspection of the Dransfield Stadium lights, whilst also expressing their displeasure at the abandonment.
A club statement reads: "We are deeply frustrated and disappointed that a decision to abandon the game was made without consultation or exercising the option to temporarily suspend play.
"The fact lighting was restored before anyone left the field of play demonstrates the absurdity of the decision."
The victory is not guaranteed, as both clubs await the decision of the Northern Counties East League as to what the abandonment actually means for that fixture.
On a positive note, Ferriby did announce two new additions to the squad prior to last week's match.
Winger Joe Dale, the opening scorer against Swallownest, arrives from Selby Town on a dual registration with Matlock Town. All-time North Ferriby United record goal scorer Gary Bradshaw also returns to Grange Lane. He made a brief cameo appearance off the bench last time out.
Jamie Forrester and Danny Emerton came off the bench on Saturday too. The duo return after lengthy absences out, adding further resources to what was a once depleted squad for Chris Bolder not so long ago.
It is a round-trip of over 120 miles to Ollerton Town for the Villagers tomorrow.
The hosts' game away at Parkgate FC was also called-off due to adverse weather conditions. That means that their last fixture was a 2-0 defeat at home to Albion Sports AFC. Tom Moody was also shown a red card not long after the hour mark for The Town.
While they have won just one in five in the league, they have only lost once at home in this NCEL Division One campaign so far. Hall Road Rangers won 3-2 at The Fast Frame back in August.
There is no doubting that Ferriby will have to be at their best as they belatedly kick-off the month of November.