North Ferriby United’s manager Steve Housham knows they cannot afford a repeat of Saturday’s home drubbing by Solihull Moors if his side have any chance of remaining in the National League past next month.
Housham watched his team crash to a 4-1 home defeat and said after the game that the club’s high standards had not been met.
It was a rare glimpse of negativity from the manager, who has praised his young side at every opportunity this season. It is their first year at this level after last season earning promotion.
Undeterred, he is refusing to give up hope though and says all is not lost despite the league table showing Ferriby sit second from bottom and ? away from a position of safety.
“I thought we were poor in the second half, that was not us out there,” said Housham, who was last season in charge of Gainsborough Trinity.
“We set our standards higher than that, they weren’t met especially after a first half where it really looked like we could get something from the match.
“Not many people will tip us to stay in the league after that but we’ll keep going. We won’t give up but we know we have to perform a lot better.”
Ferriby know they have to turn it around and quickly if they are to fight their way out of trouble.
They will have to raise their game too, facing two of the title challengers – Tranmere and also Forest Green – away from home in their next three league fixtures.