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First Round Qualifying

Saturday 8 September 2018

Dunston UTS   4                                                 North Ferriby United  1
Liam Brooks 3                                                    Jamie Forrester 84
Dan Norton 65 own goal
Mark Fitzpatrick 68 pen
Liam Thear 90

This was a devastating defeat for Ferriby. The performance as a whole, lacked any sparkle or inspiration. Certainly, The Villagers were way below the form that they displayed against South Shields and in the first-half against Scarborough.

The most disappointing thing about this results today was that the game was there for the taking if Ferriby had played anywhere near their best. As it was, a determined team that battled hard, won second-phase ball and which made fewer mistakes made Ferriby look poor.

Ferriby lack consistency from one game to another and it is certainly frustrating for Chris Bolder, Paul Robson, the players and fans.                                            

The reaction of the players spoke volumes as they got back on the coach with each player apologising to the travelling fans who were on the coach. They recognised that they could and should have done better and they will feel the hurt of the defeat as much, if not more, than anyone.

The Villagers got off to the worst possible start, conceding a goal after just three minutes. Michael Pearson’s cross from the right was headed home from inside the six-yard box by the unmarked Liam Brooks.

Ferriby were not in the game for the first 15 minutes. They had no momentum going forward and carried no threat to the Dunston goal. Equally, Dunston offered little threat despite having more possession. Brooks and Liam They looked dangerous throughout the game on their respective wings and regularly put in crosses that rarely caused any serious problem.

Ferriby did have a ten minute or so good spell from the quarter-hour mark. Jordn Harrison was thwarted by home keeper Karl \dryden who took the  ball of Harrison’s toes on the edge f the aea.

James Williamson saw Dryden turn a low shot round for a corner then Jamie Forrester shot narrowly wide from 20-yardfs following a partial clearance by the Dunston defence. Those fforts were the sum totals of Ferriby’s chances in the first-halfun til Dryden held aWilliamson free-kick just under the bar after 44 minutes.

 Dunston almost doubled their score on the stroke of half-time but Lewis exall made asuperb reaction save as the ball ricocheted off James Piercy in the six-yard box.

Ferriby may have started the second-half with hope but they did not make any impression until the closing minutes.

Dunston’s second goal, though they deserved it, had some good fortune. Liam Marrs’ free-kick was headed backwards and Dan Norton headed it past Exall in an attempt tom clear.

The game was sealed three minutes Later. Paul Robson brought down Thear in the area and Mark Fitzpatrick scored from the penalty spot.

Ferriby continued to struggle but gave themselves a glimmer of hope after84 minutes when Forrester scored from 20 yards after good work by James Nichols.

Three minutes later, Luke Lofts drew a good diving one-handed save from Dryden. Had that gone in it would probably have made for n interesting finish because Ferriby, for the first time in the game were on top,

Dunston made absolutely certain in the final minute. Dryden’s long kick allowed Thear to race on and slide the ball past Exall.

Chris Bolder was rather deflated after the game,
“It’s not been good day at the office at all. We’ve just had a long conversation in the dressing room with regard to certain things. We’re becoming a very up-and-down side at the moment and we can produce performances like south Shields and Scarboroughbut that’s all in the past. Its evidence that the lads can do it and then we’ve produced performances like against Warrington which we’ve put down to a number of things.

“It’s the most disappointed I’ve seen our group of players. Myself and Robbo have to think if we got it right tactically and personnel-wise today.

“The players do what we ask of them in training so they are listening and learning but it goes wrong in certain games. Our quality was awful today. There’s no question that when the ball went to anybody it bounced off or miscontrolled or were laboured on the ball.

“The players have put their hands up in the dressing but we’ve said that it’s about time we stopped reiterating the same thing because if we don’t learn and put it right it just defeats the whole of object of what we’re trying to achieve.

“The first few moments in a game of football dictate how the rest of our moments go. So we conceded early on today and you’ve got that little bit of mentality of “Here we go again”. That is the hardest habit to break.

“I’ll go away and think about today’s game and think about how we approach Grantham on Tuesday”

It is difficult to take too much that is positive. Joe Lamplough and James Williamson had reasonable games. The team as a whole did not give up and the late fightback could have produced a different result. However, that spark had been needed much earlier in the game.

The players have got to face Grantham at The Chadwick Stadium on Tuesday and produce a massive response.

NFU: Lewis Exall,  James Williamson, Paul Robson, Jamie Forrester,  Ben Clappison, James Piercey, Dan Norton (Ben Leyland 86), Joe Lamplough (Charlie Dunkerley 56),, Jordan Harrison,  Alex Knox (James Nichols 56)  Luke Lofts. Subs not used : Jack Mail, Johnny Saltmer

Dunston UTS: Karl Dryden, Liam Marrs, Dan Halliday, Jake Stafford, Andrew Grant-Soulsby, Michael Hall, Liam Thear, Michael Pearson (Jordan Nellis 71)Mark Fitzpatrick (Aiden Haley 71),  Scott Heslop (Callum Elliott 71),  Liam Brooks. Subs not used: Niall Harrison, Dan Capewell, Callum Little

 

 

 

 

 

 

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