Monday 1 January 2018
Vanarama National League North
York City 2 North Ferriby United 0
Jon Parkin 31, 76
Despite the result, this was a much better performance by Ferriby. There was much greater commitment and positive attitudes on display and if this level can be maintained there is some hope for improved results to come.
As on Boxing Day, York striker Jon Parkin was the major difference between the two teams. It was his two goals, one in each half, that win the game for The Minstermen.
York had the greater possession and territory throughout the game. However, Ferriby’s defence and midfield made life difficult for them with some determined harassing, marking and tackling.
Both York’s players and fans became frustrated and this, to some extent, played in to The Villagers’ hands.
The game was not all one way. Ferriby had some significant attacking spells. Carl Stewart and Brett Agnew combined well up-front, winning the ball and troubling defenders. They have the makings of a good striking partnership, something which Ferriby have lacked all season.
The returning Alex Davidson added some forward impetus playing wide in midfield.
Manager Chris Bolder has commented recently that he wants his players to show more confidence on the ball. He saw that confidence in lengthy periods of the game. The ball was frequently played out of, and around the defence. Players were finding space to receive passes and they looked as if they wanted the ball. Not only does this release pressure on the defence, it also helps to develop attacks. It was also one of the features that frustrated York.
Ferriby’s midfield played a more controlled game and passing was generally far more accurate that the faithful Ferriby fans have become used to of late.
The defence, despite being under pressure for longish periods, never panicked. Keeper Ross Durrant had a good game and made a number of crucial saves to deny York, It was unfortunate that it was Durrant’s mistake that allowed Parkin to score the clinching goal,
Although it was a blank day for the strikers, half chances were created. It was also one of those days when clearances and blocked shots in front of the York goal would not just fall kindly for Ferriby.
Ferriby looked well set-up for the game with Bolder playing a 4-4-1-1 formation.
York started brightly but wasted two free-kicks from the edge of the area. Alex Pattison and Aidan Connolly were a constant threat with their pace and movement and it was credit to The Villagers’ back-four that they handled them so well.
Durrant made two very good save in the 30th minute but York’s pressure told whenDavid Ferguson’s cross from the left found Parkin at the far post and the striker headed deftly home. Perhaps it as a reasonable reflection of the play but it was a little hard on Ferriby.
York did not really go close again in the half.
Adam Bolder and Agnew both drew saves from York keeper Adam Bartlett as the half closed.
The second-half opened quietly and it was 11 minutes before wither side had a goal attempt. Davidson’s low long pass found Agnew whose shot was saved by Bartlett.
Durrant then saved well from Connolly has York began to exert some control.
The crucial moment of the game was, perhaps, not the second goal but the sending-off of Jake Skleton after69 minutes. Skelton and Parkin were fighting for the ball on the edge of the area when Skelton clipped the striker. Unlike many strikers, Parkin stayed up and hit the ball home. Unfortunately for both players, the referee had blown for the foul so had no option but to disallow the goal and send-off Skelton. Neither set of fans was happy with the decision. The free-kick was wasted.
The clinching goal came after 76 minutes. Durrant came to meet a cross but he imspunced and the ball fell to a grateful Parkin who fired home.
To their credit, Ferriby kept their composure and continued to play some attractive passing football. Substitute Jorome Slew was desperately unlucky with a curling shot that slipped past the far post with Bartlett beaten.
Chris Bolder commented,
“There were a lot of positives today. We had a good shape and d that helped us to frustrate York. They are a very good team with players who have pace.
“M y players showed their ability today and played with the confidence that I am looking for. We played some good football, even when we were down to 10 men,.
“If Jorome’s shot had gone in it would have made for a very interesting final few minutes. As it was, it was York who were slowing down the game in the final few minutes.
“The players have shown what they can do and we’ve got to perform like this each week.”
So disappointment in the end for Ferriby but this performance does provide some hope that results could improve. The passion and pride was back today.
NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Jamie Forrester (Luke Lofts 54), Ben Clappison, Jake Skelton, Adam Bolder, Simon Russell, Carl Stewart, Brett Agnew ( Jorome Slew 64), Alex Davidson (Kojo Kyei 59). Substitutes not used: Bobby Johnson, Lewis Exall,
York City: Adam Bartlett, Josh Law, David Ferguson, Hamza Bencherif, Jonathan Burn, Adriano Moke, Ales Pattinson, Sean McAllister (Dan Rowe 64), Jon Parkin, Amari Morgan-Smith (James Gray 54), Aiden Connolly (Connor Smith 81). Subs not used: Daniel Parslow, Luke Simpson