Ferring manager Maltman - We’ve thrown off the shackles

FERRING Football Club manager Stuart Maltman has said his side have “thrown off the shackles” in recent weeks as they went a third game unbeaten with a draw at then fourth-placed Barnham.

Ferring’s young side are unbeaten in five of their last six games and have taken four points from two games that posed tough tests, after their 4-3 win over leaders Pease Pottage last week.

Maltman is over the moon with the strides his side have made with their climb into midtable in Division 3 and is impressed with the football they are now playing.

Chad Milner, Aaron Farrier and Dale Nally all went close for Ferring but their best chance fell to Andy Heward, who hit both posts, via a defender, in the final minute.

Matt Searle chested wide and Matt Wilson skimmed the post as Ferring carved out the better chances, and although they were forced to settle for a point, Maltman was more than happy.

He said: “It was a tight game, there weren’t many chances but we did more to win it and probably deserved to. What was good to see was the frustration and disappointment of not winning, rather than just settling for the point.

“I’m delighted, though, I never thought we’d get four points from these two games and we’ve really thrown off the shackles and are expressing ourselves with confidence.

“I’m proud of the effort from everyone over the last few weeks and really, really chuffed that we’ve found form and look set to finish higher than last year, which would be real progress.”

Ferring face another one of the top four this week as they entertain Forest.