Gainsborough Trinity 1 NFU 0 (Evo Prem 18-19)

Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Tuesday 25  September 2018

Gainsborough Trinity  1  North Ferriby United  0
Alex Byrne 45+1

Ferriby deserved to have taken something from this game. Despite their high league placing, Gainsborough were made to look quite ordinary for long periods of the game. Ferriby harried and pressured them in to mistakes. Unfortunately, Ferriby were caught-out with a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time when it looked as if the sides were going in level.

The first-half saw very little direct threat on goal from either side. Gainsborough had the greater possession and territory but created little in the way of clear cut chances despite the promptings of Alex Byrne, Liam King and Simon Russell.

Most goal attempts from both sides were generally off-target and caused little concern to the two keepers.

Trinity’s attacks were met by solid work from the whole of The Villagers’ midfield and defence. Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall produced a flying save to deny Byrne after 20 minutes, the first on-target effort by either side.

Gainsborough’s greatest threat came from corners with Joe Maguire twice going close with headers.

Ferriby’s one on-target shot saw home keeper Jon Stewart make a good diving one-handed save to turn away Jack Mail’s downward header. Like Trinity, Ferriby also looked dangerous from set pieces with Mail and James Piercy always looking to get on the end of corners and free-kicks.

The only goal came in added time. A Ferriby attack broke down near the Gainsborough penalty area and a quick break ended with Damian Reeves taking the ball round Exall to slide home. It was tough on Ferriby. However, Trinity were quick on the break all evening and, apart from set pieces, it always seemed that this would offer them the best chance of scoring.

 Ferriby had the better of the opening 20 minutes of the second-half. Jordan Harrison, who had another good game up-front alongside returnee Luke Hinsley  went close with a header. Harrison’s determination showed when he chased a ball from Forrester but could not quite get it past Stewart. Mail and Luke Lofts both went close as Ferriby pressed for an equaliser.         

The Villagers certainly had the home side worried. However, it was Gainsborough who almost scored a second goal with a break following a Ferriby corner.  A hectic few seconds saw Ross Hannah hit the post. The ball rebounding to a Trinity player whose shot was somehow cleared off the line by James Williamson and a third shot blocked by Piercy. That defensive work exemplified the determination in the team.

Had Gainsborough scored at that point it would certainly have been against the run-of-play.

Ferriby continued to press and Charlie Dunkerley almost snatched a point for Ferriby in added time with a 20-yard shot that cannoned off the post. It would have been a deserved, and welcome, point.    

This was a good solid all-round performance from Ferriby against one of the top-eight sides in the division. It was one of those performances wher no one individual stood out or had a poor game.Once again, it shows that Chris Bolder’s side are not too far away from challenging the clubs in this league.                 

Bolder was obviously disappointed with the result but not too downbeat about the performance.
“I think we found ourselves, once again, the right side of the performance and the wrong side of the result.     We were very competitive again and on another day we could have gone away with something.

“Mistakes are costly at this level and we get to added time in the first-half and make one that costs us a goal. At the moment we seem to be punished an error or rong decision but that is what happens at this level.

“Our response second-half was very positive. We took the game to them and they were on the back-foot for  lot of the game. On another day we would have got something from the game.

“We put in a good solid performance all over the pitch. We saw the benefit of having Luke Hinsley in the side. Him and Jordan Harrison did well against two very good and strong central defenders.

“We’re moving in the right direction. The lada are sat their dejected, But I’ve told them there is a difference in being dejected when you’ve played well and lost and being dejected when you know it’s been a bad performance. Tonight was good performance.”

NFU: Lewis Exall, James Williamson, Paul Robson (Ben Clappison 68), Jamie Forrester , Jack Mail, James Piercy, Dan Norton, Joe Lamplough (Eddie Rogerson 51),   Luke Hinsley,  Luke Lofts (Charlie Dunkerley 68), Jordan Harrison Subs not used :  Alex Knox Kent Bannister, 

Gainsborough Trinity: Jon Stewart, Neil Austin, Ben Gordon, Simon Russell, Joe Maguire, Kelvin Lugsden, Alex Byrne, Liam King, Ashley Worsfold, Damian Reeves (Ross Hannah 74), Alex Simmins (Shane Clarke 84). Subs not used: Ioan Evans, Cameron Hough, Elliot Wilson




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