Vanarama National League
3 September 2016
Eastleigh 2 North Ferriby United 0
Andy Drury 8
Reda Johnson 51
Ferriby are still looking for their first away point after this defeat at Eastleigh. It was another hard-working and, on the whole, a disciplined performance. However they will be disappointed at conceding yet two more headed goals that should have been better defended.
Once again, Ferriby their opponents a flying start. Adam Dawson was given to much space on the left and his cross to the far post was headed home by the unmarked Andy Drury.
Assistant manager Darryn Stamp commented,
“I keep saying it but, once again, we’ve played well and got nothing from the game. A neutral fan watching today’s game would have struggled to see which club and the very high playing budget and which had the small one.
“The players are giving everything and they are competing well with the opposing teams.
What was disappointing about the goal is the fact that it is not the first time that The Villagers have conceded in this way this season.
Dawson proved a thorn in Ferriby’s side throughout the game. His pace and control saw him put an a number of crosses. To be fair to Ferriby’s defence, they actually defended well, the aerial confrontations were a challenge against some tall players but they handled Eastleigh’s ground –play fairly comfortably. That was not always easy to do against a side that was quick on the ball and often very sharp with their passing
Dawson and Mikael Mandron went close on a number of occasions in the first 25 minutes but never looked like adding to the score.
Ferriby gradually played themselves in to the game as an attacking force but could not actually get a shot on target and rarely troubled home keeper Ross Flitney. Connor Oliver came close to an equaliser with a 25-yard free-kick that dipped just over the bar with Flitney struggling to reach it.
Oliver’s effort was the highpoint of the half for The Villages but they could take confidence from their overall performance.
The second-half started promisingly with Filtney producing a good diving save to turn over Oliver’s free-kick.
Unfortunately hopes of at least a point were damaged when Eastleigh doubled their lead after 51 minutes. Again it was another unmarked header as Reda Johnson rose to head home another Dawson cross.
The same pair almost made t three a few minutes later as Eastleigh pressed for a third goal that would have killed-off the game. Mandron and James Constable went close before Ferriby had their best spell of the game.
Conner Robinson fired a shot Filtney before Danny Emerton’s low cross from the left ran across the face of the goal just ahead of the incoming Danny Clarke. Clarke then had an effort blocked.
Sometimes the luck is not with you. With Flitney and a number of defenders all on the 18-yard line, Oliver superbly chipped the ball towards the open goal but somehow it got the slightest deflection and went for a corner.
Simon Russell had an excellent game for Ferriby whether sweeping-up in midfield or back in defence. He was also prominent in moving Ferriby forward.
As the game closed, Mandron hit a shot at Watson and Robinson and Alfons Fosu-Mansah both hit efforts wide.
Manager Steve Housham said,
“We created chances again but we are not having that little bit of luck that you need up front. We forced their keeper in to the best saves of the game and went close on a couple of occasions.
“As I’ve said before, we have to be bit tighter against crosses from open play and dead-ball situations. There are positives in today’s performance and there is no reason why we can’t start to pick up some good results again.”
North Ferriby United
Rory Watson, Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver, Danny Clarke, Simon Russell, Danny Emerton (Alfons Fosu-Mensha 82), Curtis Bateson (Reece Thompson 44), Vinny Mukendi (Conner Robinson 64)
Subs unused: Sam Topliss, Ryan Fallowfield,
Eastleigh: Ross Filtney, Joe Partington, Michael Green, Andy Drury, James Constable (Ryan Bird 90+1), Jake Howells, Adam Dawson (Luke Coulson 74), Mikael Mandron, Ryan Cresswell, Reda Johnson, Jason Taylor,
Substitutes not used: Ryan Huddart, Adam Dugdale, David Pipe