22nd Dec 2018 18:27:07 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday22 December 2018
Hyde United 3 North Ferriby United 0
Connor Simpson 19
Tom Pratt 66
Chib Chilaka 90+2
Ferriby could have little complaint about the result. They were put under almost constant pressure by Hyde. However, solid defending by The Villagers meant that Hyde were forced to shoot from long-range for most of the game. Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall was rarely called in to any serious action.
Hyde pressure The Villagers almost from the start but actually created little of note until they opened the scoring after 19 minutes. Ferriby lost the ball in a promising position on the edge of the home penalty area. This allowed Tom Pratt to ran 50 yards unchallenged before releasing the ball to Connor Simpson who lifted the ball over the advancing Lewis Exall. Given that Ferriby had four defenders back plus Exall, it was a disappointing way to concede.
Jake Martindale and debutant Mark Hutchinson battled up front, especially Hutchinson, but they had little good service and struggled to make any real progress against Hyde’s defence. Too often, clearances from defence were played straight back by a Hyde side that played some good passing football.
Hyde created plenty of opportunities outside, or just inside, the area and Jerome Wright must be wondering how he failed to score with the number of efforts he had. It was Wright effort that forced Exall in to the one serious save he had to make in the half.
Hutchinson almost grabbed an equaliser for Ferriby with a dipping shot that Hyde keeper Peter Crook just managed to gather as it was about to go under the bar.
In many ways the second was largely similar to the first with Hyde restricted to shooting from distance. Even so, they did manage to score twice more. The second goal was scored by Pratt with a low shot from the corner of the area that went in at the far post through a crowded area.
The final goal in added time was the result of another quick break which allowed Chib Chilaka to shoot past Exall.
Ferriby had their moments. Crook did well to come out to block Jordan Harrison just after half-time. Had Harrison scored what would have been an equaliser there could have been quite a different result.
In the closing minutes was denied twice by diving saves by Crook. It issomewhat ironic that it was Crook who had to make the more serious saves. That said. It was Exall who made the save of the game, turning a shot one-handed over the bar.
Assistant-manager Joe Lamplough saw positives in the game.
“We kept our shape well at the back today. We set-up to prevent them getting behind us and forcing them to shoot from distance. That worked well.
“It’s always disappointing to be caught on the break and that is something we have to be aware of.
“Jordan [Harrison] was unlucky not to score in the second-half.
“We need to try to play the ball to our midfield and give ourselves the chance to relieve the pressure of the ball constantly coming back to us.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols (James Nichols 67), Seyavash Esmaeily (Jordan Windass 45), Joe Lamplough, James Williamson, James Piercy, Ben Leyland, Jack Smith, Mark Hutchinson, Jake Martindale (Jordan Harrison 45) Tom Waudby. Sub not used: Callum Harrison,
Hyde United: Peter Crook, Dominic Smalley, Kyle Brownhill, Ross Daly, John McCombe, Jordan Fagbola, Tom Pratt, Janni Lipka, Connor Simpson (Chib Chilaka 45), Nicky Platt (Paddy Lane 83), Jerome Wright (Oladapo Olarewaju 59),
Subs not used: Kyle Harrison, Lewis Haydock