Vanarama National League
27 August 2016
Aldershot Town 2 North Ferriby United 0
Bernard Mensah 15
Liam Bellamy 26
The result was probably a fair one but The Villagers will still be somewhat disappointed to have not picked-up there first away point of the season.
Ferriby allowed their opponents to get a two goal lead in the first 26 minutes and at this level it is always going to be difficult to pull back the deficit.
Aldershot were the better team in the first-half. They were quicker to the ball and generally stronger in the challenges. They also played some incisive football going forward with Bernard Mensah prominent in many attacks. Will Evans was strong at the back for Aldershot and helped them attack effectively.
Aldershot had three early efforts before Curtis Bateson drew a diving save from home keeper Mark Smith. That was the high point of the half for The Villagers who managed only two off-target attempts before half-time.
Town took the lead after 15 minutes. Shamir Fenelon’s cross to the far post was met by Mensah who headed powerfully across goal for the ball to go in at the opposite post.
Aldershot continued to enjoy the better of the game but good defending did not see the create another chance until they doubled their lead after 26 minutes. Cheye Alexander’s cross allowed Liam Bellamy to head home from close range.
The two goals were disappointing from Ferriby’s point of view as they had worked hard on such things during training earlier in the week.
For all their pressure, Aldershot managed two efforts that were deflected for corners whilst Rory Watson did well to block Matt McClure as he burst through.
If The Villagers were to get anything from the game they really needed an early goal but the first 20
minutes of the half saw Aldershot on top. Mark Gray blocked one shot, another was deflected wide and Watson saved well from Scott Rendell.
It was 65 minutes before Ferriby had an effort on target. Substitute Vinnie Mukendi Flicked on to Simon Russell who took the ball down the right. Mukendi had continued his run and was unlucky to see Walker tip over his header from Russell’s cross.
The introduction of Mukendi made a big difference to Ferriby going forward. He won the ball in the air and was strong and persistent in challenging defenders. He certainly unnerved the Aldershot defence.
Ferriby enjoyed a good spell with Connor Oliver going close. Good defending saw Danny Emerton denied an opportunity at the far post.
Danny Clarke put a good chance wide as Ferriby really got in to the game. Ryan kendall had two really good one-on-one opportunities with Walker. Unfortunately for Kendall and Ferriby, the keeper managed to claw the first one away whilst Kendall put the second wide. Had either of those gone in one would not have put it past Ferriby to have found an equaliser.
Aldershot forced Watson into three comfortable saves as they looked for a third goal. That would have been harsh by this stage of the game.
So, once again, Ferriby have realised how fine the margins between winning and losing at this level. The Villagers are playing well in phases but they need to be more consistent throughout the game and be a bit more aware in defence.
manager teve Housham commented,
The players are disappointed not to have taken more from today's game after making several chances in the second We defended well against a good side that played some fast attacking football and whipped the ball in to our area.That caused problems and led to their two goals. It is something that we have to do as it puts greater pressure on the defence.
”We should have scored from onr or two of our second-half chances. If we had pulled one back we could well have got an equaliser because we were forcing Aldershot back at times and they looked lesss confident.”
Attention now turns to Monday’s home game against Barrow when The Villagers will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record.
Aldershot Town: Mark smith, Anthony Staker, Liamm bellamy, Will Evans, Shamir Fenelon ( Iffy Allen 58), Scott Rendell, Matt McClure, Brenard Mensah (Nick Arnold 78), Cheye Alexander, Josh Wakefield (Jim Kellerman 69), Callum Reynolds: Subs not used: Jake Cole
North Ferriby United
Rory Watson, Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Liam Slade, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver, Danny Clarke, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson (Vinny Mukendi 56) , Conner Robinson (RyanKendall 69),, Danny Emerton ,(Alfons Fosu-Mensha 82)
Subs unused: Sam Topliss Fallowfield.