Harrogate Town 3 NFU 0 (NLN 17-18)

Tuesday 8 August 2017

 Vanarama National League North

Harrogate Town 3             North Ferriby United  0
Terry Kennedy 32,53
Joe Leesley  67
Ferriby could not complain about the result against a good Harrogate Town side.  The Villagers went in to the game with  a fairly high level of confidence following their vastly improved performance against Curzon Ashton in midweek.

Unfortunately, Ferriby were unable to re-produce that level of performance. They lacked any significant threat going forward and will be disappointed with the three goals that were conceded.

The first two goals were more or less carbon copies of each other whilst the thrird was similar in nature.

The Villagers were more competitive in the first-half and, in many respects, there was little to choose between the two sides. The only significant difference was that Harrogate always looked more likely to score, Even so, Ross Durrant did not have to make a really serious save. Ferriby’s defence restricted Town to shooting from distance and to little effect.

Harrogate were allowed too much space at times and Terry Kennedy, Joe Leesley and George Thompson exploited this.

The only goal of the half came on 32 minutes. Leesley’s corner to the far post was met by Kennedy who powered home a header despite pressure from Jake Picton.

Ferriby did get forward and when they did Harrogate regularly had to clear hurriedly. The home side was also often forced to pay the ball back to keeper James Belshaw. Unfortunately, Ferriby could not create any clear chances.

The second-half belonged mainly to Harrogate. They launched attack after attack, especially down the right wing. Ferriby’s defence was stretched with many deep crosses going to players unmarked at or beyond the far post.

Town doubled their lead after 53 minutes. Once again, a Leesley corner found Kennedy at the far post and the defender managed to bundle the ball home despite the attentions of Picton.

Ferriby responded with A Jordan Coke shot that Belshaw managed to turn for a corner. That was the closes Ferriby came to a goal.

Although Ferrriby’s midfield worked hard, it was largely over-run and was mostly on the backfoot.

Harrogate clinched the game after 67 minutes. Ferriby lost the ball in midfield and a deep cross found substitute Simon Alnge at the far post. Hi header across goal was hit home Leesley.

Ferriby kept battling and the players’ heads never went down but they did not really have the ability to force Harrogate back. Callum Rzonca was unluck with a shot in to the side netting after a goos run down the left.

Ainge was sent-off after 87 minutes for flailing an arm at Picton. By then, the game was virtually over.

Ferriby manager  Chris Bolder was disappointed after the game,
“That was the most disappointing of the three games since I took on the job. Virtually every positive from the Curzon game went the other way today.

“Harrogate are full-time and have a strong squad but, even so, our performance today was not good enough.

“Harrogate had a lot of possession but, from our point of view, the goals were disappointing to concede.

“At times the players lacked the confidence to retain possession and the ball was given away too quickly and carelessly. We have to hold the ball for longer to both relieve pressure on our defence and to create opportunities at the other end.”

“Some of the players just did not perform as I  expected them to. I will be speaking to everybody individually before Boxing Day.

NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Bobby Johnson (Luke Lofts 68),   Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Callum Rzonca, Simon Russell, Carl Stewart, Craig Nelthorpe, Jerome Slew (Kojo Keyi 63)Substitutes not used: Jamie Forrester Lewis Exall, George Harrison

Harrogate Town: James Belshaw, Ryan Fallowfield, Ben Parker, Josh Falkingham (Jack Emmett 63), Terry Kennedy, Warren Burrell, George Thompson (Jack Vann 69), Lloyd Kerry,  Mark Beck (Simon Ainge 63), Liam Agnew, Joe Leeesley Substitutes not used: Joe Cracknell Jordan Thewlis



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