Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 20 October 2018
Buxton 2 North Ferriby United 2
Tolani Omtola 17 Luke Hinsley 67
Liam Hardy 74pen Luke Lofts 76
This was a welcome and much-deserved point for Ferriby.
The Villagers started slowly and Buxton had the better of the first 30 minutes. They were quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenges. Jamie Forrester worked hard in midfield for Ferriby but his performance alone was not enough to stem the tide.
Luke Hinsley actually came closest to scoring with a shot that was deflected for a corner and he then another shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area. Those were moments of brief relief for The Villagers.
For all Buxton’s pressure, it was 17 minutes before Lewis Exall had a save to make, parrying a Liam Hardy shot. Moments later they took a deserved lead. Somehow, Tolani Omotola was allowed to get a foot to the ball with Exall and a couple of defenders on top of him and he poked the ball home.
A Forrester corner caused problems for Buxton before a defender blocked a shot.
Exall then parried another shot but Buxton were struggling to really threaten to score a second goal.
Caretaker Manager Joe Lamplough then change Ferriby’s formation to 4-4-2 and they suddenly became a threat with both Luke Hinsley and Jordan Harrison up-front.
Eddie Rogerson began to pick-up second balls and made simple passes that spurred Ferriby forward.
Hinsley headed straight to home keeper Theo Roberts as Ferriby gradually started to come more in to the game.
Both sides had efforts on goal but none of them troubled either keeper.
The second-half saw Ferriby in control for long periods. Luke Lofts had a shot blocked Before Ferriby deservedly equalised through Luke Hinsley after 67 minutes when he latched on to a pass and shot between keeper Roberts’ legs. His delight at scoring against one of his former clubs was clear to see.
Ferriby should have gone behind three minutes later but Josh Meade somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two-yards.
Buxton’s second goal came from a Liam Hardy penalty after 74 minutes when James Piercy fouled Jude Oyibo. Not for the first time this season, it seemed an unnecessary challenge with an opponent going nowhere.
There was little direct goal threat from either side after that but it seemed an awful long time for the five minutes of added-time to finish.
To Ferriby’s credit, they responded positively and were level just two minutes later through a low shot from Luke Lofts.
Lofts came close to a winner in added time but his 20-yard shot was blocked.
It was pleasing to see that The Villagers were able to come back from a goal down inside the final 20 minutes. So often this season they have lost games from good positions in the final 20 minutes.
Caretaker manager Joe Lamplough was more than happy that the side picked-up a point but felt it could have been more,
“I honestly believe we could have one. However, I’m happy with the performance and a point after recent results. I’m also pleased for the players because they’ve kept at it in recent weeks without any reward on the pitch.
“We didn’t start great. They started the better side in the first twenty minutes. We changed our shape to a 4-4-2 and looked the better side for much of the game after that. We put more pressure on them and started to create more chances.
“We scored two well taken goals. Perhaps we could have had a penalty when Lofty’s shot was blocked by the defender. It’s all about fine margins and sometimes you get those decisions and sometimes you don’t.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols (Charlie Dunkerley 67), Ben Leyland (Jack Smith 86), James Williamson, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Luke Lofts, Jamie Forrester, Luke Hinsley, Eddie Rogerson, Jordan Harrison Subs not used : Alex Knox, Kent Bannister, Jake Martindale
Buxton: Theo Roberts, Josh Meade, Alex Brown, Brad Roscoe, Greg Young, Scott Sephton, Jude Oyibo, Gary Gee (Kayde Coppin 78), Tolani Omotola (Nico di Girolamo 60), Liam Hardy, Diego di Girolamo ( Callum Chippendale 600. Subs not used: Bradley Grayson, Ash Young