Vanarama National League North
30 January 2016
Worcester City 2 North Ferriby United 0
Worcester City: Shaun Donnellan 3, 25
Ferriby remain in second-place despite this defeat. The Villagers could have no real complaints as they were second-best for much of the game.
This was a stuttering performance and Ferriby only really came to life in the final 15 minutes. By then it was a little too late to rescue anything from the game. It was hard to believ that the division’s top scorers could be so goal-shy.
The Villagers got off to a bad and unlucky start and fell behind in the third minute. Adam Nicklin dived and looked to have Shaun Donnellan’s shot covered but it took a wicked deflection which left Nicklin helpless as the bell went the opposite way in to the net. This was City’s second on-target effort as Daniel Nti had a shot blocked just inside the area in just the first minute.
The Villagers conceded too much possession to Worcester. Too often throughout the game clearances found home players or players were dispossessed when in possession. Ferriby struggled to win any second balls and were often pushed back by a lively Worcester attack.
Nti, Adam Bakayoko, Connor Gater and Jordan Murphy continually created problems for The Villagers’ defence throughout the ninety minutes.
After the goal it was another 22 minutes before either side had an on-target shot and this doubled Worcester’s lead. Murphy broke down the left. He crossed to Bakayoko whose shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Donnellan who fired home from close range. It was an opportunist goal.
Prior to this, Ferriby’s only goal attempt was a Liam King free-kick that was blocked. After the goal there were only two more goal attempts in the half. Wayne Thomas shot wide for Worcester and a Danny Clarke overhead kick dropped over the bar.
Despite the lack goal attempts, it was Worcester who were the better side.
Ferriby felt they should have had a penalty in added-time. Danny Clarke seemed to be brought down as he played the ball as home keeper Nathan Vaughan came out and dived at his feet. Unfortunately for Ferriby, the referee saw it differently and booked Clarke; a harsh decision.
The first 30 minutes of the second-half was similar to the first with Ferriby conceding too much possession and being second-best in many challenges. It is rare to see The Villagers out-muscled but this was one of those days.
Despite having the better of the game it was the 60th minute before Worcester managed a gioal attempt. Murphy beat Ben Middleton on the left and cut only for Nicklin to turn his shot round the post. Two minutes later Bakayoko wasted a glorious chance, blazing over after Nti set him up. In the 64th minute Nicklin produced a poin-blank range save to deny Bakayoko. Shortly after, another defensive error allowed Nti to drive the ball just wide.
Ferriby finally began to threaten and Vaughan did well to race out to block King. Ash Palmer had a good opportunity after 67 minutes but his header from Adam Bolder’s corner went over.
Worcester broke quickly from the goal-kick and a three-man move ended with Nti hammering a shot from a narrow angle that rebounded off the inside of the far post and travelled all the way back across the goal.
Ferriby finally started to threaten in the final 15 minutes. Curtis Bateson, who had had a torrid afternoon against Sam Miniham, saw a shot blocked.
The Villagers thought they had pulled a goal back after 77 minutes but Mark Gray’s header from a Bolder corned came back off the post.
Ferriby were then grateful, once again to Nicklin who flicked the all away from Lee Hughes as the veteran striker was played through in another quick break.
Ryan kendall had the final shot of the game with Vaughan going full-length to turn the ball round.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“We just never got going today and were second-best for far too much of the game. It’s obviously disappointing but these things happen. We will pick ourselves up during next week’s training sessions.
“We are still second as some of our rivals also had what they will also consider to be disappointing results. We are still in a good position and there will be more twists and turns over the last three months of the season.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde (Sam Topliss 36), Liam King, Ash Palmer, Nathan Hotte, Danny Clarke, Adam Bolder, Tom Denton (Mark Gray 67), Danny Emerton (Ryan Kendall 60), Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Danny Hone Tom Nicholson
Worcester City: Nathan Vaughan, Sam Minihan, Alex Gudger, Tom Sharpe, Wayne Thomas, Danny Jackman (Lee Hughes 75), , Daniel Nti, Shaun Donnellan, Amadou Bakayoko (Dean Waldron 87), Connor Gater, Jordan Murphy. Subs not used: Ethan Ross, Deon Burton, Jamie Smith