NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH leaders Salford City will be looking to extend their winning run to six in the league when North Ferriby United visit The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday (Kick-Off 15:00).
Since the surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Leamington The Ammies have reacted in the best way with five wins, conceding just four goals and keeping two clean sheets.
In addition twice they have shown the character to come from behind and win games away at Bradford Park Avenue and Tamworth.
As a result they go into this match against bottom side North Ferriby United six points clear of second place Brackley Town, which begins to highlight the importance of the two wins against Brackley and Harrogate earlier in the season.
In complete contrast, things for North Ferriby United have been anything but peachy since their relegation from the National League at the end of last season.
The Villagers a propping up the table with just seven points this season; a win and four draws from 17 matches.
11 of those without a goal, and just nine goals scored, probably tells the tale accurately about Steve Housham’s side who, already 11 points from safety, must be soon starting to fear the double drop.
Relegation itself brought to an end a period of success for The Villagers which has seen them win promotion from the Northern Premier League in 2012-13, the FA Trophy in 2014-15 and promotion to the National League in 2015-16 after beating AFC Fylde in the play-off final.
Having not won in their last 13 games since a 1-0 win at Blyth Spartans, a trip to the in-form league leaders is probably near the bottom of any wish list…
However as Salford have already experienced this season against Leamington, it’s a dangerous position to be in and they will have to be on their guard.
Salford have won their last five in the league, and midfielder Gus Mafuta says that the mood at the moment is good:
“It’s nice, it’s the first time we’ve done that in the league so it’s good, the mood around the boys is good, we’re upbeat and looking forward to tomorrow.”
The former Gateshead midfielder has played in nearly every game since his return from injury, and he says he is starting to feel match fit and sharp now.
“It’s good, I’m chalking off the games now, getting 90 minutes into my legs.
“It was a bit tough on the 4G pitch but I got through it alright and I’m only going to get better the more games I play.
“I’m going to keep putting the performances in and hopefully stay in the team.”
Coming up against league stragglers North Ferriby though, who did an unexpected double over Gateshead last season, Mafuta says Salford’s attitude has to be right.
“Because of where they are in the league, it could be easy going into this game a little bit complacent, but I don’t think it matters who you play, you’ve got to go into any game with the same attitude because anything can happen.
“You could see when we lost to Leamington, I’m not saying we were complacent but they beat us even though we didn’t deserve to lose that game so we’ve got to make sure we’re at 100% and do the right things, and I’m sure the result will take care of itself.”
North Ferriby United 3-0 Salford City (5/11/2011, FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round)
Admission is pay on the gate at The Peninsula Stadium:
Parking Restrictions will be in place around The Peninsula Stadium, but Park&Ride is available from IT Lab (M27 8SJ) for £2 with all proceeds going to Maggie’s Centres.