Alfreton Town 1 NFU 0 (NLN 17-18)

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Alfreton Town  1    North Ferriby United  0
Billy Priestley 70

This was The Villagers’ best performance of the season but the defeat still leaves them goalless and pointless at the foot the table.

This was a much more committed and determined than last Saturday and there were good performances all over the pitch.

However, the big question remains: where are the goals coming from? Steve Housham gave a debut to loanee striker Akeel Francis from Rotherham United.  The youngster gave a skilful performance and linked well with Joe Pugh up front before both were substituted in the second-half. Joel Ambalu and Alberto Seidi .

 Both pairings caused problems for the home defence and there was a lot od good approach play, especially when Danny Emerton drove forward. However, for all the pace and no little skill, The villagers managed only one shot on target. This was as late as the 85th minute when Russ Fry drew a diving save from Chris Elliott.

Alfreton always looked more comfortable on the ball and had the better chances. They were led well in midfield and attack by Ryan Jennings who was a handful throughout the first-half in particular.

Ross Durrant had to make three saves in quick succession from Tom Platt,  Jennings and Bradley Wood.

Emerton and Steve Brogan had off-target efforts as The Villagers strived to create clear chances.

Westcarr wasted a good opportunity when he headed straight to Durrant.
Ferriby’s midfield of Fry, Bobby Johnson and Simon Russell  hassled and harried Alfreton and the home side was regularly forced into misplaced passes.

Jake Picton and Jake Skleton, in their first outing as a centre-back pairing, looked confident throughout the game. Steve Brogan and Jordon Cooke supported them well on the outside.

Ferriby started the second-half well with Emerton creating problems. However, the goal chances would not come and Alfreton came back in to the game.

Durrant made two good saves before The Villagers fell behind after 70 minutes. Adam Smith floated a free-kick into the six-yard box and with the Ferriby defence static, Billy Priestley headed home unmarked.

It was a blow to Ferriby and  a heavy price to pay for what was really their only mistake of the evening.

There was little of note after this.

Ferriby manager Steve Housham was rather more happy than he has been recently,
“I got a big response from the players tonight. They all put in  a shift.

“I thought we deserved a draw tonight, The goal was disappointing because we should have defended better. It’s the type of thing that goes against you when you re at the bottom of the table. However, it’s still early days and we can turn it round.

“We looked good going forward and played some good football. We can go in to Saturday’s game with more confidence.”

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Steve Brogan, Bobby Johnson,  Jake Skelton, Jake Picton, Simon Russell, Russ Fry,  Akeel Francis (Joel Ambalu 63),, Joe Pugh(Alberto Seidi 56),, Danny Emerton (Curtis Bateson 71). Substitutes not used: Ross Barrows, Kyle Dixon

Alfreton Town:  Chris Elliott, Sam Topliss, Bradley Wood, Tom Platt, Davis Shiels, Billy Priestley, Ryan Jennings (Adam Smith 65), Craig Disley, Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Craig Westcarr (Andre Johnson 76), Cecil Nyoni. Subs not used: Billy Whitehouse, Tom AllanBrody Robertson,


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