Saturday 28 April 2018
Vanarama National League North
FC United of Manchester 0 North Ferriby United 2
Luke Lofts 49, 71
This was an excellent end to the season for Ferriby. It means they have taken four points from two tough away games in 48 hours. It really is a mark of the progress that the team has made under Chris Bolder and Paul Robson since November.
Relegation was almost inevitable at that point and Bolder and Robson obviously needed some weeks to put together a virtually news squad. Since then the team has virtually tripled its points tally. There is obviously a degree of hope and confidence for next season with so many of the team looking to have the ability to play at Step 3 in the Northern Premier League.
For now though, back to today’s game. Ferriby were in control for most of the match and there was no doubt That The Villagers were the better team throughout.
The scoreline does not really do Ferriby justice because they could have won by a bigger margin. But the management, players and fans will settle for this.
There was actually little for either set of fans to get too excited about in the first-half. FCUM did not have one shot on-target, managing one shot that went wide and another that was high.
Ferriby had the greater possession and territory but could not fond the net. Jamie Forrester picked-up the ball in his own half and after a forty-yard run, shot over. James Nichols hit a shot wide but it was James Piercey who came closest to scoring when he headed a Forrester corner against the bar.
Keeper Lloyd Allinson lust managed to reach a wicked Forrester cross just ahead of Nichols or that would have probably been the opening goal.
On the stroke of half-time Jordan Harrison hit a 25-yard shot narrowly wide.
Ferriby were even more dominant in the second-half. Piercey headed over after 48 minutes but a minute late Luke Lofts opened the scoring. Nichols’ run and cross from the right found Lofts in space and he controlled the ball to score from 16 yards.
FCUM almost equalised ten minutes later with their only on-target effort of the game but Harrison headed off the line from a Jordan Fagbola header.
After that it was Ferriby who had the chances. Lofts wrapped up the scoring after 71 minutes. Josh Walker won the ball near the half-way line, took the ball on then fed Lofts who scored with a low shot from 16 yards.
Walker then headed just over the bar, Lofts had a shot blocked Matty Hughes before Harrison hit one just wide after a good run.
Bobby Johnson’s shot was then parried by Allinson who took the loose ball just ahead of Walker. Johnson, again, shot narrowly wide before Harrison was robbed of a chance by a superb tackle from Joel Senior.
It was not FCUM’s day as two late efforts went hopelessly high and wide.
The win was reward for all the team but also for the hard-core of fans who have travelled with the team despite it being a difficult season.
Chris Bolder was highly delighted at the end of the game,
“It has been a great finish to the season. We’ve had two difficult away games in 48 hours, in front of large home crowds and come away with four points. Not many people would have anticipated that.
“It was pleasing to perform at the level that we have done today. Every player did his bit, including the subs. They all gave everything they could. That is our minimum requirement, to give everything and come off the pitch shattered.
“Luke’s [Lofts[ goals were excellent finishes and both goals were well-created which is doubly pleasing. We’ve been playing Luke in a more central role recently and this is a better place for him to play.
“The clean sheet was also a big plus not only for Ross and the back four, but for the whole team. They play for clean sheets right from the start and they have determination to stop the ball going in.
“We more than matched FC United today. They managed only one shot on goal and Ross did not have any serious saves to make. That is credit to all the players in front of him. We gave FCUM little space in the final third of the pitch.
“We will all enjoy the next few days, players and management then we will yake stock and begin to firm-up preparations for next season.”
NFU: Ross Durrant, Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters (Jack Smith 55),, Bobby Johnson, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jordan Harrison Jamie Forrester James Nichols (Josh Walker 55), Luke Lofts Charlie Dunkerley (Alex Bannister 69) Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall,
FC United of Manchester: Lloyd Allinson,Joel Senior, Jordan Fagbola, Scott Kay (Mike Jones 45) Matty Hughes, Sam Baird, Elliot Simoes (Kieran Glynn 57), Danny Racchi (Connor McCarthy 77) Tom Greaves, Tyrell Palmer, Sam Tattum Subs not used:, Luke Higham, Steve Affleck