Gainsborough Trinity 2 NFU 0 (NLN 17-18)

Monday 28 August 2017

 Vanarama National League North

 Gainsborough Trinity  2    North Ferriby United    0
Michael Jacklin 28
Nathan Jarman 44                           

Ferriby were second-best in a game between two poor sides. Unless The Villagers can turn-round things quickly it is going to be a long hard season.

The Villagers were unable to take their second-half display against Darlington in to the first-half at Gainsborough and this cost them dear.

As on Saturday, Ferriby were pulled apart too often on their right-hand side with Craig King leading the way for Gainsborough.

Ferriby were shot-shy in the first-half and it was not until the 42nd minute that they had an attempt on goal when Bobby Johnson’s shot was blocked.

Both sides looked extremely anxious in the opening 15 minutes with no player really looking to hold on to the ball.  Ferriby played too many long balls out from the back that were usually returned very quickly. Gainsborough started to paly a little more creative football and took a degree of control.

Once again, Ferriby were grateful to keeper Ross Durrant who made two excellent saves to deny Nathan Jarman and then Jonathan Wafula whose shot he blocked from point-blank range.

Trinity had gone ahead in –between those two efforts. A free-kick  from King went beyond the far post where Michael Jacklin had a free-header and he needed no second chance to power home the ball.

If that was disappointing goal to concede then worse was to follow. Another King free-kick found former Ferriby player Jarman and it was his turn to head home a minute before half-time. That left Ferriby with a mountain to climb in the second-half.

The introduction of Callum Rzonca and Leigh Hutchinson at half-time saw Ferriby up their tempo and they finally begin to mount some positive attacks with the ball played on the floor.

Alberto Seidi saw a shot blocked and then home keeper Henrich Ravas came out to block the striker following a good move.

Mark Gray headed wide from a Johnson corner. Twice in two minutes, Rzonca cut in from the right to draw two saves from Ravas. Ten minutes from the end, Gray powered another Johnson corner just wide.

Trinity did not manage one serious attempt on goal in the second-half as Ferriby put them under some pressure but they had done enough in the first-half to deserve the points. There was always the feeling that had The Villagers pulled one back then they were more than likely to get a second but it was not to be.

Once again, Ferriby were let-down by a poor first-half and they paid the inevitable price.

It goes without saying that Ferriby manager Steve Housham was unhappy about the result on his return to his former club.
“They were the better of two poor teams. They were a little more creative than us in the first-half when we never really got going.

“It was disappointing to concede both goals to set-pieces. We work hard with the players on these and they have to be wiser in defence.

“Their front two were better than our front two and that made a difference. We can’t afford to giving sides a start and we’ve got to start creating and taking chances.”

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Mark Gray, Jordan Cooke, Bobby Johnson,  Jake Skelton  Leigh Hutchinson 45),  , Jake Picton, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson, Alberto Seidi ,, (Joe Pugh 65),  Akeel Francis (Callum Rzonca 45) Kyle Dixon,  Substitutes not used: Ross Barrows, Joel Ambalu

Gainsborough Trinity: Henrich Ravas, Jordan Richards, Ellis Storey, Lewis Collins, Nathan Stainfield, Michael Jacklin, Jonathan Wafula (Josh Lacey 86),  Alex Simmons, Nathan Jarman (Shane Clarke 62),, Ashley Worsfold (Bradley Wells 69),  Craig King. Subs not used: Charlie Gatter, Louis Jones


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