Vanarama National League North
24 November 2015
North Ferriby United Nuneaton Town
Tom Denton 45+1 Callum Chettle 28
Kashibongo Tshimanga 81
Ferriby could have no complaints about this result. Nuneaton produced a really good attacking performance that pushed The Villagers back for much of the game.
It took an extremely good defensive performance to deny the visitors whose winning goal came as late as the 81st minute.
The match statistics sum up the game in terms of possession and chances. Nuneaton had 17 corners to Ferriby’s three and 12 on-target shots to The Villagers’ three.
Nuneaton are the best side that Ferriby have faced this season and defeat was no disgrace as The Villagers stood toe-to-toe with the visitors.
Nuneaton were very confident and comfortable with the ball and attacked with pace throughout the game. Shane Byrne, in particular, was in fine form but he was well-supported by Callum Chettle, Rob Duffy, Alliott Whitehouse and Aaron Williams.
Ferriby’s back four was in fine form and little actually got past Mark Gray and Ash Palmer. Tom Nicholson had another good game in goal. Most of Town’s on-target efforts actually caused little trouble to Nicholson.
Despite Town’s early pressure, it was Ferriby who had the best chance to open the scoring. Liam King played-in Curtis Bateson but with only Jordan Smith to beat he hit his shot straight at the keeper.
Town had a number of efforts blocked or saved before this and continued to do so. It was no more than they deserved when they took the lead after 28 minutes. A Ferriby attacke was stopped in midfield and Whitehouse surged forward before releasing Chettle who slid the ball past the advancing Nicholson.
There was little goal action after this until added time in the first-half. Against the run of play, Danny Emerton charged down the right and put over a pinpoint cross to Tom Denton whose downward header went in at the keeper’s right-hand post.
Nuneaton were evn more dominant in the second-half and largely laid siege to the Ferriby goal. However, as in the first-half, The Villagers defended well and constantly frustrated Nuneaton’s attacks.
Rob Duffy saw a header bounce away off the bar from a Chettle corner. Nicholson then came out quickly to block a Duffy shot which then rebounded off the striker for a goal-kick.
Byrne saw Nicholson finger-tip a header over the bar whilst Whitehouse thundered a shot against the post.
It was looking as if The Villagers would get away with a point but substitute Kabongo Tshimanga sealed all three points for the visitors with a volley from close range after Ferriby failed to properly clear a corner.
A late push from The Villagers saw Ryan Kuendall, King and Denton all go close but it was all too little too late.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“Nuneaton are the best team we have played all season. It was a very difficult game game. We were on the backfoot for most of it.They were sharper and quicker.
“We could have had a point but best team won. We gave ball away too often and didn’t really get going.
“We were resilient. We have got a young back four who are all under 23. The second goal was disappointing because we could have defended it better.
“However, the players never shirked anything and gave 100%. We will take this on the chin and bounce back.”
NU: Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Adam Bolder, Tom Denton, Danny Emerton (Russell Fry 66) Curtis Bateson (Ryan Kendall 83). Subs not used: Sam Topliss, Ross Armstrong, Nathan Hotte
Nuneaton Town: Jordan Smith, James Clifton, Cieron Keane, Jack Lane, David Morgan, Josh Maguire, Callum Chettle, Shane Byrne, Rob Duffy (Kabongo Tshimanga 68) , Elliott Whitehouse, Aaron Williams (Marlon Harewood 64) Subs not used: Billy Daniels, Jordan Keane,Zeus de la Paz