Goole AFC 2 North Ferriby United 1
Richard Adams 23 Nathan Jarman 83
Luke Hinsley 35
Ferriby were left to reflect on a stuttering and disjointed performance as they losr 2-1 at Evostik South side Goole AFC. The Villagers had no argument with the result after what was their worst pre-season performance by a long way. Credit is also due to Goole who played well, especially in defence and midfield.
Ferriby had the greater possession during the first15 minutes and twice came close to scoring. First, Nathan Jarman saw his 18-yard drive parried by home keeper Peter Fotko the shortly afterwards Tom Denton placed a header narrowly wide.
Goole came in to the game with Callum Harrison firing narrowly over the cross-bar. Gregg Anderson then did well to block Andy Gascoigne’s powerful drive following a mix-up in the Ferriby defence.
Ferriby were struggling to get their game going. There were too many unforced errors and the passing lacked precision. Goole also seemed that little bit hungrier for the ball and they grew in confidence as the half-progressed.
Ferriby did not seriously threaten Fotko’s goal for the remainder of the half with two Jarman shots, one at Fotko and one wide, being their only real attempts on goal.
oole took the lead on 23 minutes. Adam Nicklin came out to punch clear but his mistimed effort found the head of Richard Adams who headed over the defence and into the net.
Luke Hinsley doubled the score after 34 minutes. Ferriby’s defence stood appealing for offside against Tyler Williams but failed to notice Hinsley coming through from midfield. He raced past the defence, latched on the ball and calmly placed it past Nicklin.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ferriby manager Billy Heath chose to make no half-time substitutions.
Ferriby made fewer mistakes in the second-half but they still lacked cohesion and fluency but limited Goole to just two chances. Antoni Pecora had a rushed clearance charged down by Bill Law midway through the half. Pecora was again at the centre of the action after 75 minutes. He saved with his feet, again from Law, after another mix-up in the defence.
Ferriby saw a number of goal attempts go wide or over but it was the 79th minute before Fotko actually had to make a save by holding a Jarman shot.
Jarman finally got on the score sheet after 83 minutes when he placed a free-kick over the wall and just inside Fotko’s right-hand post.
It was too little too late for Ferriby. To be honest, any other result would have been harsh on Goole, especially central defenders Dan Wilkinson and Muhammed Sabo. The result may go down as a “bad day at the office” but it was certainly a wake-up call to The Villagers after what had been a very confident pre-season up to this game.
NFU: Adam Nicklin (Antoni Pecora 45), Dean Lisles(Louis Bruce 71), Josh Wilde (Nathan Peat 79), Liam King (Tim Taylor 79), Danny Hone, Gregg Anderson, Danny Emerton (Dan Clayton 63), Russ Fry (Jon D’Laryea 63), Tom Denton (Tom Corner 63), Nathan Jarman, Adam Bolder(Jamie Yates 74):.Non-playing sub:
Goole AFC: Peter Fotko, James Cottingham (Derry Robinson 65), Steve Woolley, Dan Wilkinson, MuHammed Sabo, Richard Adams, Anton Foster (James Bland 70), Callum Harrison (Rory Coleman 57), Luke Hinsley, Tyler Williams (Bill Law 57), Andy Gascoigne (David Taylor 57). Subs not used: Chris Adam, Sam Colbear