Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 3 November 2018
Basford United 4 North Ferriby United 2
Nathan Watson 34, 68, 90 Dan Nichols 30 Jordan Harrison 46
Liam Hearn 78
This defeat was hard to take because Ferriby gave s good as they got for most of the game. Basford were made to work hard all through the game. Anybody unfamiliar with the difference in league position of the two sides would have had difficulty which one was at the top of the division and which one was at the bottom.
The game was finely balanced until the 73rd minute though The Villagers looked the more likely winners. However, with the score t 2-2, Dan Nichols was shown a red card for leading with his elbow on Basford’s Kieren Fenton. There could be no argument over the decision but it changed the balance of play and Basford took full advantage of having the extra man.
Two late goals gave them a victory that had looked unlikely just a few minutes earlier.
The first-half had little in the way of goal threat from either side with both just having two on-target efforts.
Tom Waudby had a shot turned round by keeper Keiran Preston diving full length to his right. Nichols then put Ferriby ahead on 30 minutes with a header from a Charlie Dunkerley corner.
Up to that point, Basford’s attempts on goal had all been blocked shots and lewis Exall was rarely troubled in goal.
Unfortunately, the lead lasted just four minutes. A hopeful cross into the area was misjudged by Exall and Nathan Watson equalised.
It was tough on Ferriby who had pressured Basford in midfield and in defence. The home side were closed down and often forced into errors. Jake Martindale and Tom Waudby had good games in midfield and Jordan Harrison showed skill and composure up-front. Martindale had discussions with manager paul Foot about what he needed to do to get in the team. Foot told him, gave him his chance and he took it with aplomb.
Basford were stunned at the beginning of the second-half when Harrison scored within 30 seconds of the re-start after a cross was not cleared.
Basford tried to up the tempo but still failed to make serious in-roads into the Ferriby defence. Exall made a good one-handed save to push a header over the bar. The equaliser had more than a touch of luck with James Williamson appearing to put into his own goal attempting to clear a low cross though the goal was officially credited to Nathan Watson.
Martindale was unlucky to see a 25-yard shot curl just beyond the angle of post and cross-bar.
After Nichols’ dismissal the unmarked Liam Hearn scored with a header. Ferriby looked for the equaliser and both Waudby and Eddie Rogerson hot shots straight to keeper Preston.
It is credit to Foot and his players that they actively searched for the equaliser rather than just sitting back and hoping to score on the break. With The Villagers pressing for an equaliser, Nathan Watson clinched the game in the 90th minute with a header. It was rough justice on Ferriby who had given as good as they got against a side that lay third in the division.
Foot was upbeat despite the result,
“First and foremost, I’m so proud of every one of them today to a man. I made a few changes from last week’s line-up and all the substitutions , they just took it and understood why I did it.
Foot called the defence a “dog’s leg” after last week’s game but he had few complaints about their overall performance today.
“The attitude when they went on the pitch was fantastic. The players that maybe haven’t had a chance started to do and took their opportunities. The reaction today from last week has been fantastic.
“The players have gone into the dressing-room after the game and they’ve argued with each other, in a good way, about the game. They’re all positive about the performance today and how good it was. It wasn’t a 2-4 game. We had a man sent-off and that changed things. They then went a goal ahead and I thought ‘Let’s go for it’. We’re not going to lie back and die. I’d rather get beat 4-2 looking to get something from the game.
“The scoreline looks like as if we’ve been well beaten but the fourth goal came in the 90th minute as we chased the game. I make no apologies for that.”
“There are plenty of positives to take from the game. The defence gave a much better performance today and we created scoring opportunities at the other end. “
NFU: Lewis Exall, Alexander Wollerton, Dan Nichols, Joe Lamplough (Eddie Rogerson 57), James Piercy, James Williamson, Charlie Dunkerley (Lance Moyo 82), Tom Waudby, Jordan Harrison, Jake Martindale, Kent Bannister (Jack Mail 76), Subs not used : Jordan Windass, Alex Knox 72
Basford United: Kieran Preston, Liam Bateman, Deon Meikle, Matthew Thornhill, Dominic Roma (Kieren Fenton 58), Lewis Carr, Jack Thomas (Zak Goodson 61), Jerry Nash, Nathan Watson, Courey Grantham (Liam Hearn 61), James Reid. Subs not used: Gregory Tempest, Denelli Stokes