Vanarama National League North
31 August 2015
North Ferriby United 0 Lowestoft Town 0
Not for the first time this season, Ferriby were left to rue a string of missed first-half chances and end the game with just a point.
The Villagers could, and should, have been two or three goals ahead at the interval but could just not find the net.
The first 15 minutes were fairly even and open-ended but neither side looked like scoring. The remainder of the half was largely a succession of chances and half-chances for Ferriby with Lowestoft only threatening on the occasional break.
Liam King and Russ Fry then took control of midfield and regularly freed Danny Clarke and Curtis Bateson down the wings. Their high and low crosses frequently found Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall but the ball rarely fell for either striker to have a clear shot on target.
Lowestoft were grateful to keeper Marcus Garnham for a number of saves and blocks. On 16 minutes he raced out to block Kendall as the striker was about to shoot. Two minutes later he parried a Fry shot.
Garnham did well to punch or hold crosses that flew into the area and he made two fine saves, tipping over a Kendall shot then shortly before half-time turning over a Denton header.
The Lowestoft defence was often forced into hurried clearances and a number of Ferriby efforts were blocked.
For all Ferriby’s pressure, Lowestoft almost scored after 34 minutes. A quick break released Bradley Wood-Garness whose angle drive was turned round by Adam Nicklin.
Lowestoft had the better of the second-half. Perhaps they felt they could take something from the game as they certainly upped their tempo in the second forty-five minutes.
Many of their attacks involved Ryan Jarvis whose pace and control down the right caused problems for Ferriby.
Despite being on top for the first 30 minutes of the half they managed only one shot on target. Ryan Jarvis set-up Jake Reed in the six-yard area but Nicklin produced a brilliant save to prevent a certain goal.
Wood-Garness fired wide twice before Nicklin again denied Reed with a blocking save.
Ferriby had not really threatened up to this point with just a Nathan Hotte effort that was high.
The Villagers pressed hard in the last ten minutes with Denton twice heading wide. Curtis Bateson almost won the game for Ferriby in added time but his angled drive was saved by the diving Garnham.
Maybe Ferriby’s second-half performance was partly due to their exertions at Bradford on Saturday where they played the final 30 minutes with 10 players. Even so, it was a disappointing result today given their first-half dominance.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“Once again, we had plenty of chances to win the game. It’s frustrating but it would be worrying if we were not creating opportunities> We are defending well and showing that we are a difficult side to beat.”
Assistant manager Mark Carroll said, “We played some good football in the first-half but lacked a bit of quality in crucial areas on occasion. We were more subdued in the second-half as Lowestoft came back at us. On the positive side, we are unbeaten in six games.”
NU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (Nathan Hotte 60), Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Danny Emerton 70), Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Tom Davie
Lowestoft Town: Marcus Garnham, Jake Jessup, Harry Barker, Robert Eagle, Andrew Fisk, Jack Ainsley, Rossi Jarvis, Ryan Jarvis, Erkan Okay, Jake Reed, Bradley Wood-Garness (Danny Crow 83), Jake, Chris Henderson. Subs not used: Jessup, Joe Marsden, Dean Mason, Dan Gleeson