Curzon Ashton 4 NFU 0 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 5 August 2017

  Vanarama National League North

Curzon Ashton  4  North Ferriby United  0
Max leonard 3, 7
Nial Cummins 53
Matthew Crothers 86

Ferriby could have few complaints at this defeat on ther return to the Vanarama National League North.  The Villagers got off to a dreadful start and defensive errors and missed chances meant there was no way back.

The Villagers conceded twice in the first seven minutes. With just three minutes played, Callum Rzonca conceded a  free-kick  which appeared to be a yard or two inside the area. However, the referee gave a free-kick on the edge. Justice was probably done when Max Leonard stroked the ball round the wall and in by Ross Durrant’s left-hand post.         

It got worse just four minutes later when a three man move down the left ended with Leonard shooting past Durrant. Defensively, it was a poor goal to concede with at least two missed tackles in the build-up.         

To be fair to Ferriby, Curzon threatened little for the rest of the half. They seemed content to sit back and play on the break, often with long-balls for Joe Guest and Leonard.

Ferriby eventually came back in to the game. They played some good football in midfield but there were also too many occasions when passes were misplaced.

Danny Emerton and Alberto Seidi looked good going forward and chances were created. Seidi hit a shot high before Steve Brogan fired a free-kick in to the Curzon wall.

An Emerton cross saw Seidi’s header taken just under the bar by home keeper Cameron Mason. A good move down the left involving Seidi and  Joel Ambula ended with Rzonca hitting a low shot that went just over the bar.

Emerton then saw a low cross-shot drift past the far post  whilst Rzonca drew a diving save from from Mason.

The last twenty minutes of the first-half should have given The Villagers some hope but any hopes of taking something from the game were dashed after 53 minutes.

Sloppy defence at a free-kick allowed Niall Cummins to score with a first-time shot as the crosss came in.

Emerton, again, was the provider for Seidi who stretched a leg to the winger’s cross and drew a diving save from Mason. That was the closest that The Villagers came to a goal in the second-half.

Ferriby had a good percentage of the possession ND Emerton worked tirelessly down the right but clear chances did not come.

Ferriby were reduced to 10 men after 74 minutes when Mark Gray was sent-off for a foul on Paul Marshall. There were no complaints about this decision which will cost Gray and Ferriby a three match ban.

Leonard had a chance to complete  hat-trick but Ross Durrant pulled=off a superb save. Durrant was Ferriby’s saviour late on when he produced an excellent double save .

Matthew Crothers completed the scoring on 86 minutes with a powerful low shot from the corner of the penalty area.

Manager Steve Housham commented,
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after conceding those early goals.We were poor defensively today. All four goals were avoidable.

“I thought the free-kick for the opener was harsh. It seemed a decent and fair challenge, what you expect a defender to make in that situation.

“On the positive side, we did play some good football and created chances. Their keeper made one great save that could have made a difference.

“In the end we just did not do enough and we have to re-group for Tuesday against Harrogate.”
NFU: Ross Durrant , Ross Barrows, Steve Brogan, Bobby Johnson (Kyle Dixon 78), Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Simon Russell, Callum Rzonca (Curtis Bateson 45),  Alberto Seidi, Joel Ambalu (Jordon Cooke 76),  Danny Emerton. Substitutes not used: Joe Pugh, Kojo Keyi

Curzon Ashton: Cameron Mason, James Baillie, Matthew Regan, Jonathan Hunt, Steven Howson(Matthew Crothers 72), Daniel Shaw, Chris Rowney, Paul Marshall, Niall Cummins (Scott Bakkor 78). Max Leonard (Tyrell McKenzie 80,)  Joe Guest.  Subs not used:Oliver Thornley, , Andres Bianga







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