Boreham Wood 1 (Anthony Jeffrey 47)
North Ferriby United 0
Half time: 0-0
Another narrow defeat leaves Ferriby in trouble at the bottom of the Vanarama National League. This was a much better performance than against Macclesfield last Saturday but, to some extent, the same issues were still in evidence.
The Villagers lined up with five at the back and this certainly strengthened them defensively with Boreham Wood getting few clear-cut scoring opportunities.
As a consequence of playing a back five, Ferriby had just three in the middle. Connor Oliver had one of his better games for some time and Danny Clarke and Simon Russell hassled and harried as always. This made it difficult for Ferriby to launch concerted attacks.
The Villagers were outnumbered in the middle of the pitch and concede numbers and space. This allowed Boreham Wood to control the game and had far more goal attempts than Ferriby. Even so, Rory Watson was only forced in to one save of note in the first-half. This was a superb one-handed save from a flick by Daniel Uchechi after 23 minutes.
Watson made two good stops when he dived to take low crosses from man-of-the-match Anthony Jeffrey. Apart from these occasions, Boreham’s goal attempts were either blocked or off-target.
Ferriby thought they should have had a penalty after 11 minutes when Oliver was clearly shouldered in the centre of his back inside the area. The referee ignored the appeal, yet a similar challenge on the half-way line shortly after was penalised.
Oliver almost gave Ferriby the lead after 40 minutes. However, he was denied by a superb fling save from Grant Smith who finger-tipped Oliver’s 25-yard drive on the bar.
Ferriby will have been disappointed to concede a goal just two minutes in to the second-half. Jeffrey was unmarked and unchallenged on the left corner of the penalty and his low drive to the far post was unstoppable. In terms of territorial advantage nd goal attempts up to that point it was probably no more than Boreham deserved. Even so, it was rough justice on Ferriby.
Ferriby found it difficult to create opportunities as the half progressed and really only had one serious attempt when Oliver’s 35 yard shot was blocked on the edge of the area.
As in the first-half, Boreham Wood continued to pressure but Ferriby’s defence stood firm with Watson having little to do. The closest to a goal came in the 89th minute when Watson parried a shot which was hit back towards the goal where Jake Skelton cleared off the line.
It is disappointing to see solid performances gain no record, especially when most of the scorelines have been close. It would also be easy to overly criticise the players but it is necessary to remember that this is, by and large, a young and inexperienced team for this level of football. This season is proving a difficult and sharp learning experience from which they will become better palyers.
Manager Steve Housham commented,
“This was another performance which deserved point. We played much better than against Macclesfield. It seems like you ere looking for excuses when you complain about refereeing decisions but Connor Oliver was clearly fouled in the first-half.
“We could have been in front by half-time but their keeper produced a great save from Connor’s shot.
“We were much better defensively today and it was unfortunate that we were caught cold at the start of the second-half.”
NFU: Rory Watson; Sam Topliss (Danny Emerton 70), Taron Hare, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Steve Brogan,Connor Oliver, Simon Russell , Danny Clarke (Ryan Fallowfield 81), Reece Thompson (Ryan Kendall 61), Kyle Wootton
Subs not used: Alfons Fosu-Mensa, Ross Armstrong
Boreham Wood: Grant Smith, Ben Nunn, Mark Ricketts, Matt Paine, Kenny Davies, Bruno Andrade, Anthony Jeffrey (Ricky Shakes 84), Femi Ilsanmi, Angelo Balanta, Daniel Uchechi (Adriano Moke 66), Joe Devera.
Subs not used: Danny Woodwards, Jamie Lucas, Aaron Kuhl