FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

Nuneaton Town 3 NFU 1 (NLN)

Vanarama National League North

31 October  2015

Nuneaton Town  3                 North Ferriby United         
Aaron Williams 4, 21                 Adam Bolder 50
Rob Duffy 35

(Half-time: NT3  NFU  0 )

Attendance: 637

Ferriby’s 17 match unbeaten run ended at Nuneaton, largely due to a lacklustre first-half display. The Villagers struggled to find any rhythm in the first 45 minutes. The players were probably feeling the effects of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay defeat which went to extra-time and penalties.

The Villagers were their own worst enemies in the first-half. Far too many places were misplaced or lost in tackles.  Nuneaton always seemed to have somebody available to pick-up loose balls. They were also quicker to the ball and more incisive in attack.

Ferriby were rocked after just four minutes. Curtis Bateson was dispossessed in the Nuneaton half. Play was switched to the left wing and Rob Duffy’s cross was swept home by Aaron Williams.

Liam King’s 13th minute shot at Town keeper Jordan Smith was The Villagers only on-target effort of the half as they struggled going forward. In fact their only other goal attempt was a Tom Denton header that went over the bar.

Ferriby battled hard to deny scoring opportunities to Nuneaton but it was not too much of a surprise when the home side’s second shot on goal resulted in them doubling their lead after 21 minutes. Williams was allowed to turn in the area and shoot past Adam Nicklin. It was a disappointing goal to concede from a defensive point of view.

Worse was to come after 35 minutes when Rob Duffy was allowed to head home unchallenged.

Ferriby could not really complain at the scoreline. Town are a good side and nobody can afford to gift them scoring opportunities.

Ferriby had little more than pride to play for in the second-half and they produced abetter performance.

Adam Bolder pulled a goal back after 50 minutes. His low 30-yard shot crept inside the post. It took a few seconds for anybody to realise the ball had gone in rather than gone wide.

It was the spur that Ferriby needed and their second-half performance was significantly better than the first.

Chances were limited at both ends. Ferriby were thankful to Nicklin for a flying two-handed save from a Bill Daniels shot. Duffy missed a good opportunity firing wide when well-placed.

Liam King went close twice in the closing minutes as Ferriby began to push Nuneaton back.

Ferriby Assistant Manager Mark Carroll commented,
“This was a disappointing result. We didn’t impose ourselves on them and didn’t defend well enough on their goals. We seemed to lack energy but it would be too easy to blame it on Wednesday’s replay. Nuneaton are a decent team so credit to them.

“We played better in the second-half but it is always difficult to pull three goals back.”

Despite an improved second-half, The Villagers could not complain about the result. The game at this level is unforgiving and a poor 45 minutes can take a game away from you, especially against the better sides in the division.

NU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde (Ben Middleton 58),  Liam King, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke (Danny Emerton 43), Russell Fry (Ross Armstrong 66), Tom Denton, Adam Bolder, Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Ryan Kendall, Louis Bruce

 Nuneaton Town: Jordan Smith, James Clifton, Cieron Keane,  Jack Lane,  David Morgan,  Joe Maguire,  Callum Chettle (James Reid 89),  Shane Byrne,  Rob Duffy (Marlon Harewood 77), Billy Daniels (Jack Dyer 72), Aaron Williams. Subs not used: Zeus de la Paz, Jordan Keane

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