Leamington v NFU (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 28 October 2017

 Vanarama National League North

Leamington  3      North Ferriby United   0
Jack Edwards 8
Rob Thompson-Brown 30p, 56p                               

This was a disappointing from Ferriby in a rather poor game. The performance of both sides was lacklustre. There was little to get the fans excited with only sporadic spells of  any meaningful action.

The opening goal after eight minutes came rather out-of-the-blue as neither side had any attempt at goal before then. A poorly defended throw-in reached Jack Edwards some 16 yards from goal and his defelected sheet gave Ross Durrant no chance.

The game was reasonably end-to-end but ir was the home side that carried the greater threat without creating any clear-cut chances .

Ferriby made life difficult for themselves with too many misplaced passes, both short and long. Possession was also lost in good positions with players trying to over-complicate things at times.

Brakes keeper Tony Breeden responded quickly to take the ball off Callum Rzonca’s toes and he then saved an angled shot from Curtis Bateson. They were the only goal threats that The Villagers had during the first-half.

Connor Gudger was narrowly wide from a 25-yard free-kick as chances remained very limited.

Leamington doubled their lead after 50 minutes. Kurtis Revan and Jake Skelton just inside the area and the referee deemed that Skelton had fouled the pacy striker. Rob Thompson-Brown sent Durrant the wrong way from the spot.

The Villagers sprung in to some sort of life in the final 15 minutes. The introduction of Darnelle Bailey-King injected some urgency and pace in to The Villagers. He setup a chance for Joel Ambalu whose goal-bound shot appeared tit Kuda Mukwe. The rebound shot through a crowd of players as parried by Breene before being hacked away for a corner.

Curtis Bateson had a good chance but hit his shot straight at the keeper. Bailey-King then had a shot turned over by Breene. Unfortunately, it was all too little, too late

The second-half was even more lack-lustre than the first. Thompson-Brown scored his second penalty after Jordan Cooke was harshly judge to have brought down Revan,  Durrant Was close to  saving the penalty but it just evaded his despairing dive. This was the only incident of  note until the final 15 minutes.

Manager Steve Housham was rather downhearted after the game,

“it was disappointing performance. We work hard in training on playing with some intensity but that was lacking today. There was a lo of endeavour. Jordan Cooke did well in the middle of the defence. Cutis Bateson worked hard and Simo Russell got through a lot of good work in midfield.

“The first goal was, again, a poor one to concede. The second penalty decision was harsh and that goal sealed the game.

“The players are probably lacking in confidence and seem afraid to make mistakes. That is something that Stampy and myself will work on next week in training.”

It is difficult to see where Ferriby go from here. Winning games involves players taking some risks and that is what Ferriby are not doing too often at the moment. Unfortunately, the apparently safe options regularly see possession conceded and the team put under immediate threat.

A bit of good luck, a couple of goals and things can change but goals and results are needed soon.

NFU: Ross Durrant , Ross Barrows, Steve Brogan, Russell Fry , (Mitch Langton 76)   Jordan Cooke,  Jake Skelton, Simon Russell , Curtis Bateson, Kuda Muskwe ,  Joel Ambalu (Jake Picton 69),  Callum Rzonca  (Darnelle Bailey-King 60)    
Substitutes not used:  Mark Gray , Yannick Gomes

Leamington: Tony Breeden, James Mace, Connor Gudger, Callum Gittings, Jamie Hood, Junior English, Kieran Dunbar, Jack Edwards  (Joe Mugunda 71)     Kurtis Revan (Colby Bishop 76), Liam Canavan ( Richard Taundry 71),  Rob Thompson-Brown

Substitutes not used:  Stefan Moore, Matt Hill

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