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Harrogate 4 NFU 1

Vanarama Conference North
Monday 6th April 2015

Harrogate Town 4

Scorers: Jack Emmett 10; Lewis Turner 44; Jake Rose 72; Jordan Thewlis 87

North Ferriby United  1
Scorers: Adam Bolder 78

This was perhaps one too game too many for The Villagers after the emotion  and exertions of the last eight days. There can be no doubting the effort that Ferriby put in to this game but there some tired looking legs at Wetherby Road.

The game itself was rather lacklustre and it perhaps reflected the fact that both teams have little to play for but pride and finishing as high as possible in the Vanarama Conference North.

It was one of those games that you feel is not just going to go for you. Loose balls seemed to fall to Harrogate in the penalty area and midfield. That said. The Villagers did not help themselves as they gifted all four of Harrogate’s goals in a defensive performance that disappointed manager Billy Heath.

The highlight for Ferriby was Adam Bolder’s superb 35-yard chip over home keeper Peter Crook 12 minutes from time. Sadly it was a little too late for Ferriby to make one of their renowned fightbacks.

Ferriby struggled to create any chances in the first 30 minutes as Harrogate carried the greater threat. Leigh Franks put a header wide before Jack Emmott pounced on Liam King’s mishit pass to fire home from 18 yards after 10 minutes, beatin Jonathan hedge through a crowd of players.

Despite Town having the greater pressure, they did not really trouble Ferriby’s defence and The Villagers pulled themselves back in to the game.

Hedge did well to parry a Jamie walshaw shot after 29 minutes in what was one of Harrogate’s few on-target efforts.

Home keeper Peter Crook denied Tom Denton three times in a minute on the half-hour mark. First, he saved a first-time shot as Denton connected with Danny Clarke’s low cross. Then Crook made a double save from the striker.

With the half drawing to a close, Ryan Fallowfield headed narrowly wide then Ferriby conceded on the stroke of half-time. A poorly set-up defensive wall allowed Lewis Turner to curl a shot past Hedge at the far post. It was a poor goal to concede and the 2-0 scoreline somewhat flattered the home side.

Ferriby had produced some good approach play but the ball would not drop for them in and around the area. Crook often looked tentative against the high ball and his defenders were often forced in to hurried clearances.
Ferriby had the better of the second-half in terms of attempts on goal but it is scoring that counts and Harrogate’s only two on-target shots resulted in goals.

Jason St Juste had a shot blocked before A Josh Wilde free-kick was headed-on by Denton to Liam King whose 18-yard drive went straight to Crook. Undeterred, Ferriby continued to press and St Juste was unlucky to see a shot curl past the top corner.

Crook did well to push away a Ryan Kendall shot. It was typical of Ferriby’s afternoon that the ball fell to the Harrogate defence rather than to Ferriby’s forwards. It was also unlucky for Kendall whose movement cayused problems all afternoon for his former team-mates.

Crook was by far the busier of the keepers, turning a King shot for a corner then flapping away St Juste’s corner. A Bolder corner to the far post was headed at the keeper by Denton.

up to this point it seemed as if it would be The Villagers who would score but a break by Harrogate ended with Walshaw squaring the ball to substitute Jake Rose to hammer home the third past the unguarded Hedge.

This was a blow to Ferriby and certainly not one that they deserved.

Credit to their spirit as they kept looking for a goal. Kendall brought another diving save from Crook. From the resulting corner, Denton’s downward header somehow managed to bounce up and over the bar. Perhaps this summed-up Ferriby’s luck more than anything.

Ferriby’s hopes were lifted after 78 minutes by the best goal of the game. St Juste’s determination won the ball in midfield and his short pass found Bolder. He looked up and chipped the keeper from fully 35-yards.

A second goal would not come and the game was sealed three minutes from the end when Jordan Thewlis’s shot from the edge of the area appeared to go underneath Hedge. It is not a game the keeper will look with any fondness.

It was a disappointing result but the scoreline was harsh on Ferriby who worked hard throughout. With a bit of luck the result could have  been better but the game is about making fewer mistakes than your opponents and The villagers were roundly punished for theirs.

Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It’s a very disappointing result. We were punished for some poor defensive work and that is something we need to look at. We had chances but some days it does not just happen for you in front of goal.”

NFU: Jonathan Hedge, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Jon D’Laryea 62), Mark Gray, Danny Hone , Danny Clarke (Nathan Jarman 45),  Adam Bolder,  Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, (Curtis Bateson 81),  Jason St Juste
Subs not used:( Tom Nicholson, Nathan Peat

Harrogate Town: : Peter Crook, Matt Bloomer, Lewis Turner, Leigh Franks, Dave McGurk, Cecil Nyoni, James Cadman (Jordan Thewlis 65), Ryan Fallowfield (Luke Shiels 85), James Walshaw, Louie Swain (Jake Rose 70), Jack Emmett. Subs not used: Jamie Milligan, Niall Doran

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