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The under-21s were beaten 3-1 by Crewe Alexandra last Friday, missing the chance to move up to fifth in the table, but that chance comes again tonight when we travel to North Ferriby to play Hull City.

Everything went wrong in the closing stages of the Crewe game. We’d led 1-0 but then conceded three goals, went down to ten players because of an injury and the numbers reduced even further following a red card.

It ended a run of eight wins in nine league and cup games and the one we didn’t win in that run was the home game against tonight’s opponents when we were 2-0 down within the first four minutes. Having gone further behind, we reduced the arrears to 3-2 with goals from Will Hugill and Vernon Masara but a stoppage time goal gave Hull a 4-2 win.

Hull are currently one place below us but ten points behind with both of us having played the same number of games. Since that game, we’ve had three wins and the defeat against Crewe in the league while Hull have played three times, losing at Fleetwood, drawing the home game against league leaders Birmingham and, last Tuesday, beating bottom of the south group Colchester 4-1 at home with goals from Oliver Green, Bora Aydinlik and two scored by Tyrell Sellers-Fleming.

Previous Professional Development League away games against Hull have proved successful for us with three wins and one draw in the four games. It started with a 0-0 draw in the 2017/18 but in the next season we won 3-0 with Dan Agyei scoring twice and Rob Harker also on the scoresheet.

The game in 2019/20 ended in a 1-0 win through a Christian N’Guessan goal while last season we twice behind but came through to win 3-2; Marcel Lewis, Ne-Jai Tucker from the penalty spot and Seb Thompson were our scorers.

That game was played in February last year and our team was: Denis Franchi, Keelan Williams (Alex Healy-Byrne 73), Dan Sassi, Jack Turner (Jack McEvilly 67), Brad Grant, Renaldo Torraj, Joe Bauress, Jez Davies, Marcel Lewis, Ne-Jai Tucker, Seb Thompson. Subs not used: Harry Moss, Kade Ratchford, Tom Tweedy.

That game was played at the Dransfield Stadium, home of North Ferriby United and that’s the venue today with kick off at 7 p.m. Admission is £5 adults and £3 concessions.

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