New ground number 138
First visit = 15/10/16 North Ferriby 1-4 Macclesfield (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
A trip to Conference new boys North Ferriby United was the draw handed to Macc this season in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup. So my first trip to Grange Lane was moved forward from the scheduled league game in January.
Driving in to the village, it doesn’t give the impression that there is a fifth tier football ground round the corner. There isn’t much outside the ground for fans and it is sleepy at best.
There is the traditional non league track to navigate to get into the ground, but there is also a large area of allotments to have a look at before you make your way in; these sit directly behind one of the goals and so the gardeners have to contend with mis-hit size 5s as well as insects.
The ground is compact, but suited to what Ferriby need at the moment. The best stand runs the length of the pitch, with the railway line just behind it (much to the delight of my lift for the day who was waiting for passing freight trains to tick a few off his list). Thankfully this is another unsegregated ground so we were able to ‘follow the goals’ and move round at half time.
The club shop was a good one, a decent selection of programmes is what I always look for, but also an impressive range of North Ferriby branded stuff; I was almost tempted to go for a bar of North Ferriby chocolate but managed to resist. The bar is decent as well, with live football on the TVs and away fans welcome.
Another great little ground in the conference, a bit similar to Guiseley and another club I am hoping can pick up enough points to avoid a return to Conference North so we can go back.