Saturday 2 December 2017
National League North
North Ferriby United 0 Nuneaton Town 2
Tom Elliott 58; Ashley Chambers 62
The result was, obviously, disappointing to Ferriby’s new manger Chris Bolder but he has taken heart from his side’s first-half display.
It was a vital game for both sides with them both in the relegation zone at the start of play. Unfortunately the defeat leaves Ferriby in even deeper trouble as they remain rooted to the foot of the table.
There was more of a buzz around the ground before kick-off than there has been in recent games. This was raised even further by The Villagers’ first-half performance.
At half-time it seemed as if this game could go either way. The first-half was relatively even though it was Nuneaton who looked the more threatening.
Ferriby’s approach to the game was different. The ball stayed on the floor for much longer and they did get at the visitors’ defence. Unfortunately, little was created in the way of clear chances. Ferriby’s back four looked fairly solid against a Nuneaton side that attacked with pace down both wings. Striker Ashley Chambers was a major threat throughout the game. He is strong and has pace with the ability to hold-up the ball.
Jake Picton and Jake Skelton looked more confident as the centre-back pairing and debutant Jack Walters had a solid debut.
The return of Adam Bolder saw a stronger midfield with him and Simon Russell doing a sterling job in front of the back-four.
Craig Nelthorpe, another debutant, worked hard as a striker but he often had to go looking for the ball rather than receiving it.
Ross Durrant made two good saves to keep The Villagers in the game. First, he denied Jordan Nicholson with a one-handed diving save and then produced reaction save to Brad Gascoigne’s close-range header.
The closest Ferriby came to a goal was a Picton header from a Nelthorpe corner which caused some confusion in the six-yard area.
The second-half was a different story. Nuneaton came out after half-time and immediately upped the tempo. They totally controlled the half in terms of possession and territory.
Ferriby were penned back for most of the half and did not manage one real attempt at goal. It has been a familiar scenario this season and one which Chris Bolder will be looking to rectify quickly.
Ferriby’s midfield and defence worked hard and tirelessly but Nuneaton’s pace caused problems. Ashley Chambers, in particular, was a handful for Ferriby’s defence.
Tom Elliott opened the scoring in the 58th minute. His first-time volley from Ryan Beswick’s corner found the top corner.
Four minutes later Chambers sealed the victory. Ferriby lost the ball some thirty yards out and the ball reached Chambers who drilled-in a low shot.
Nuneaton peppered Durrant’s goal but he was up to the challenge for most of their efforts
“We needed somebody to hold the ball up front. It came back to often and too easily. We lacked that platform to give us momentum to get up pitch. They had wave after wave of attacks and that usually leads to opportunities.”
“We were aware of their set pieces. They are full time so are able to work on them. They probably had 10 different ones. Their first goal, time will tell if it was a cross or a shot. On the second goal we were opened up.”
“We had players out there today who have not played much football for a long time. In the middle part of the second-half we looked bit exposed in middle.
“I‘m obviously disappointed with the result but if we take the first-half performance we looked more solid but we created very few opportunities.
“I can’t criticise anybody’s commitment, desire or work rate. And we defended magnificently.
“Jack Walters gave a mature performance, especially as this was his first game at this level. Jake Skelton was colossal in the first-half. I asked him to get out their and win his headers and he did just that.”
Ferriby will not complain about the result, They competed well, especially in defence and midfield but Bolder would surely wish that he had a striker approaching Chambers quality.
The loss of Bobby Johnson on the stroke of half-time with a knee injury was a blow for Ferriby. The initial report is that it could keep him out for a while but Bolder will have a better idea after the weekend.
NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordan Cooke, Jack Walters, Adam Bolder, Jake Skelton Jake Picton, Mason Warren, Simon Russell, Craig Nelthorpe (George Harrison 86) Bobby Johnson (Joel Ambalu 45 + 1), Kojo Kyei (Luke Lofts 68). Substitute not used: Lewis Exall,
Nuneaton Town: Dean Lyness, Luther Wildin, Niall Heaton, Tom Elliott, Joe Ashton, Brad Gascoigne, Billy Daniels, Ryan Beswick, Ashley Chambers, Jordan Nicholson, Joel Dieina
Subs not used: Darragh Leahy, Elliott Taylor, Kuda Muskwe Daniey Nti