Saturday 18 November 2017
Vanarama National League North
Salford City 4 North Ferriby United 0
Jack Redshaw 56, 78p, 83, 90+2
It would be easy to look at the scoreline and think that this was a comfortable win for Salford. However, The Villagers made the league leaders work hard for the victory.
The major difference between the two teams was the diminutive Jack Redshaw who bagged all four goals for the home side. He was the only player on the field who really looked like scoring.
Salford had the better of the first-half in terms od territory and possession and had a number f goal attempts. Even so, they only forced Ross Durrant into two saves of note, both from Redshaw.
Ferriby struggled to get in to the game for what are becoming familiar reasons: the ball was given away too frequently and the opposition was given too much space too often. Salford’s defence, well led by Carl Piergianni pretty much dominated in the air throughout the game. He was rarely put under pressure by Kuda Muskwe but looked somewhat vulnerable when he was.
Muskwe and Curtis Bateson ran in to too man dead-ends when they had the ball and possession was lost too easily. Ferriby concede too much space after losing possession and this put the defence under considerable pressure.
To b fair to Muskwe, he had Ferriby’s only on target shots of the game. Both attempts drew good saves from home keeper Callum Burton.
Ferriby will have been pleased to go in level at half-time against the league leaders.
The second-half, unfortunately became a familiar story for Ferriby, despite them having a fairly even share of possession and territory.
Redshaw, the smallest man on the pitch, was allowed a free-headed in the six-yard box after 56 minutes and he easily and gladly took the chance. Ferriby Assistant Manager Darryn Stamp, who was sitting –out a one match suspension in the directors’ box was frustrated,
“I keep saying the same thing each week bur we are still making the same errors. Players aren’t picking-up opponent and we pay the price. We don’t always put enough pressure on the other side and that makes life doubly difficult.
”People will look at the result and the score and say that it was what they expected, However, the scoreline flattered them although we can’t really complain about the resut.”
On the overall play, Salford deserved their lead but they certainly did not desrve the benefit of what followed.
Once again, Ferriby conceded a dubious penalty after Jordon Cooke and Michael Nottingham came together on a cross. Redshaw sent Durrant the wrong way from the spot. Given Ferriby’s inability to create chances and score goals it was game over.
Salford are full-time and this began to tell in the final 15 minutes, especially as there now seemed an inevitability about the result.
A 25-yard strike after 83 minutes, saw Redshaw complete his hat-trick and his deflected from 30 yards, with defenders standing-off, in added time rubbed salt in Ferriby’s wounds.
So, for Ferriby, it’s a familiar story. Too much space conceded too opponents, too much ball given away and almost no chances created. Crosses rarely got past the first defender so almost no pressure was put on the Salford defence.
If The Villagers can find goals, they could well start winning games but that seems a long way off at the moment.
NFU: Ross Durrant , Ross Barrows (Callum Rzonca 66) , Steve Brogan, Russ Fry (Bobby Johnson 66), Mark Gray, Jake Picton, Simon Russell , Curtis Bateson, Kuda Muskwe , Jordan Cooke, Mason Warren (Joel Ambalu 83),
Substitutes not used: Jake Skelton, Joe Pugh
Salford City: Callum Burton, Michael Nottingham, Ibou Touray, Scott Burton, Carl piergianni, Liam Hogan, Mark Shelton (Anthony Dudley 68),, Gus Mafuta, Mike Phenix, ( Mani Dieseruvwe 68), Jack Redshaw, Josh Askew (Jake Beesley 80),
Subs not used: Max Crocombe, Dom McHale