Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 15 September 2018
Lancaster City 0 North Ferriby United 0
The disappointment showed on the Ferriby players’ faces as they left the pitch at the end of the game. This was a game that thy knew they should have won. It perhaps seems churlish to say that after keeping a clean sheet and gaining an away point but The Villagers deserved so much more.
The first-half is probably best forgotten by both teams and managers. It probably will be by the fans. There was little quality football played by either side, especially in the final third of the pitch.
it was mainly a midfield battle with support, when needed, from two defences that were not really tested.
The passing from both teams was sloppy and goal threats were almost non-existent.
Dan Norton came closest to a goal when his free-kick was blocked and he picked-up the rebound to force home keeper Aiden Stone in to a save.
In terms of excitement, that was just about it. Simon Wills and Paul Dugdale often had space behind Charlie Bailey and Ryan McLean to cause problems out wide but they still did not offer a goal threat.
Ferriby’s back four and keeper Lewis Exall were solid and Jamie Forrester and Luke Lofts performed well in midfield. Norton looked dangerous going forward but chances were still minimal.
Both sides came out after half-time probably thinking that they could win if they upped their game and it proved a more entertaining 45 minutes than the first.
Lancaster had the better of the opening 15 minutes without, again, really offering a threat apart from a shot from Bailey that was parried by Exall.
Ferriby pulled themselves back in to the game around the 60 minute mark and started to take the game to Lancaster. Substitute Charlie Dunkerley, Lofts and Forrester gained a hold on midfield and Norton continued to look dangerous out wide.
Norton was desperately unlucky to not put Ferriby ahead after 63 minutes. He twisted and turned his way past a number of defenders before hammering a shot against the underside of the bar. Sadly for The Villagers, the ball bounced away from goal.
Dunkerley then hit a low shot narrowly wide before James Williamson saw a powerful shot turned for a corner by the flying Stone.
Dunkerley forced Stone in to a diving save before Rob Wilson missed the best chance of the afternoon for the hosts. He had the ball in the six-yard box but could only force Exall in to a superb reaction save. Wilson’s face told its’ own story.
The introduction of Dunkerley had certainly made a difference to Ferriby and he was denied a late winner when Stone just mansged to beat him to a through-ball close to the end.
Manager Chris Bolder had this to say,
“The quality was not quite there today, nor the decision-making. But the things we can control like the work ethic and the team shape was very good. We’ve got to take as many positives as we can. The game was there for the taking, no question about that.
“The second-half was end to end with both sides having a couple of half-chances. We’re disappointed to come away from home and get only a point. Hopefully it means we are going in the right direction.
“The lads are deflated for only picking-up a point because they know it was there for the taking.
“It was small margins again, Dan’s shot hit the underside of the bard and I think we had three or four attacks where we were through and outnumbering them but we didn’t necessarily make the best decisions. We shot when perhaps we could have given the ball to somebody in a better position. But the lads are eager to do well and making decisions like that is understandable and it will come.”
The signs of progress are there but it is going to take more time fro the finished product to be in place. However, that will come. The players work hard, they have a desire to perform well and they do have ability.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, James Williamson, Jamie Forrester, Jack Mail, James Piercey, Ben Leyland,, Eddie Rogerson (Alex Knox 67) James Nichols (Charlie Dunkerley 55), Luke Lofts. Dan Norton (Kent Bannister 83)Subs not used : Joe Lamplough Johnny Saltmer
Lancaster City: Aiden Stone, Simon Wills, Paul Dugdale, Charlie Russell Ben Hudson, Glenn Steel, Charlie Bailey (Lewis Fensome 78), Rob Wilson ( Richie Baker 67), Matty Blinkhorn, Tom Kilfin (Wes Fletcher 50),,, Ryan McLean. Subs not used: Craig Stanley, Tom Preston