Saturday 16 September 2017
Emirayes FA Cup 2nd Round Qulaifying
1874 Northwich 1 North Ferriby United 0
Kyle Dixon (og) 63
If Ferriby fans thought that things could not get any worse this season they had a massive shock at 1874 Northwich.
The performance was embarrassing and, apart from the last 10 minutes, The Villagers showed a lack of urgency.
Northwich had by far the better of the first-half. Scott McGowan created all sorts of problems up front with his pace and mobility.
The striker missed a good early opportunity after an error by the usually reliable Ross Durrant on the edge of the area. Skipper Matt Woolley fired high and wide on the turn. After 32 minutes McGowan drew a flying save from Durrant with the ball looking as if it was heading for the top corner.
Ferriby’s attacks foundered on Danny Meadowcroft who won virtually everything in the air. Once again, Ferriby largely played the long-ball. This was not probably deliberate but more out of desperation as the defenders tried to clear the ball.
By contrast, Northwich played the ball out from the back with some confidence on a bobbly pitch.
It is probably confidence that is lacking in this Ferriby side at the moment. But there is a lack of spirit in the team as a whole. That may also be down to confidence.
The second-half was a fairly nondescript affair.
McGowan’s header after 56 minutes saw another good save from Durrant. The only other effort Northwich had came in added time when McGowan hit a lovely low shot just wide.
The only goal came after 63 minutes and it was 30 seconds that Kyle Dixon will want to forget. He conceded a needless free-kick 25 yards out an the touchline. The ball was whipped in low and Dixon deflected it past the helpless Durrant.
Housham brought on Mark Gray for Joel Ambalu who had had s difficult time against Meadowcroft. This allowed Jake Skelton to go up front. It gave Ferriby some physical presence and chances started to happen. Skelton hit a powerful drive that was held by home keeper Greg Hall before setting-up a chance for Jake Picton who hit his shot high and wide.
Picton hammered a shot across goal and Jordan Cooke saw a first-time shot go high and wide.
Had The Villagers shown this urgency earlier in the game they would probably have won. As it was, it was too little too late.
Steve Housham was bitterly disappointed after the game,
“We just weren’t good enough today and the best team won. We lacked heart and spirit for most of the game.
“Northwich played the better football. They wanted the game more than we did and credit to them for that.
“It was embarrassing. We created very little and they caused problems for us defensively.
“It always looked like any goals would come from set pieces and that is what happened. We gave away a needless free-kick and failed to defend it properly and it went in off Dixon.
”I need to think hard about where the team goes from here.”
NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordan Cooke, Steve Brogan, Bobby Johnson, Jake Skelton, Jake Picton, Simon Russell, Russ Fry (Kyle Dixon 62), Joel Ambalu (Mark Gray 69), Leigh Hutchinson, Callum Rzonca (Curtis Bateson 75)Substitutes not used: Ross Barrows Kojo Kyei, Yannick Gomes, Lewis Exall
1874 Northwich: Greg Hall, Paul Connor, Lee Jackson, Jack Pritchard, Danny Meadowcroft, Jake Parker, Adam Whitlock (Clevon Beadle 45),, Matt Woolley, Scott McGowan, Sam Hind (Kazim Waite-Jackson 80),, Taylor Kennerley (Ben Woods 75),: Subs not used: Kyle Riley, Aaron Clayton, Jack Lever, Callum Spencer