Evostik Northern Premier League
Integro League Challenge Cup
Tuesday 18 September 2018
Marske United 3 North Ferriby United 1
Damien Stevens 34 James Nichols 13
Craig Gott 51p
Jamie Owens 79
A much-changed Ferriby team had no complaints with the final result. A young and inexperienced team was outplayed for much of the game by Marske who gained a fairly comfortable victory in the end.
Ferriby manager Chris Bolder gave a succinct summary after the match, “It was men versus boys out there tonight and it showed. That’s not to be overly critical of the players. They worked hard but it was a chance for them to learn what is required at this level. “
The game was played in a stiff wind that Ferriby had behind them in the first-half. Even so, they managed only one attempt on goal in the half which was disappointing. The wind was moving the ball around and shots on goal could have caused problems with the movement, as Marske showed on the second-half.
The Villagers’ first-half performance, on he whole was reasonable. Joe Lamplough and Charlie Dunkerley worked well in midfield and Dunkerley looked dangerous down the left-wing.
Ferriby took the lead after 13 minutes. A poor clearance enabled James Nichols to run clear and he calmly placed the ball past advancing keeper Robert Dean. Nichols turned his ankle in the process and was substituted at half-time.
Although the game was end-to-end, neither side really created chances. Marske had a couple off efforts that were well off target before equalising after 34 minutes. Damien Stevens was allowed to get a shot in and he lobbed Lewis Exall superbly for the equaliser.
The only other event of note was a good save from Exall whn he parried a Craig Gott shot.
Marske dominated the second-half with the wind behind them. They had a dozen attempts on Exall’s goal as they were not afraid to shoot from distance. Most of the efforts were high or wide but not always far off the target.
A rather unnecessary challenge on Jamie Owens after 52 minutes enable Gott to give Marske the lead from the penalty spot.
Marske were claiming a third goal after 58 minutes when a shot squirmed under Exall but he recovered quickly to scoop the ball off the line with Marske claiming it had crossed.
Apart from the shots that went close, Marske also caused problems with low crosses across the goal.
The game was sealed after 79 minutes. Owens took advantage of the wind to send in a 30-yard shot that swerved and curled in to the top corner giving Exall no chance.
Shortly after, Exall produced a flying save to tip a shot over the bar.
It was a tough game for Ferriby. They were out-played by Marske. The home side was quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenges and their greater experience was always in evidence.
It was not all doom and gloom for Ferriby. Jack Smith performed well in defence on his debut. Jordan Windass and Ben Basset, both also making their Ferriby worked hard. All three will have learned from the experience. Alex Knox continued to display why he has been a regular in the starting-line-up this season.
“Marske were far superior in every department from start to finish. This game was an opportunity for us to look at a couple of the fringe lads and a couple of triallists and some of our reserves. It gives them the chance to see what the level is all about and see the gulf of where they’,e been playing when you come up against 11 very experienced and competent footballers in Marske.
“It was a useful exercise but it’s not the result and performance that we wanted but when you break it down and analyse it, it’s been a worthwhile exercise for us.
“We’re not going to be too harsh on these lads and say they’re miles away [from this level of football] and that’s their chance gone. Are they ready yet/ No. How will they get ready. More time and games with us against higher opposition than they’ve been used to.
“We had to give players a rest tonight after the hectic start to the season. This was an opportunity to do that and to look at other lads.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland (Kent Bannister 60), Paul Robson, Alex Knox, Jack Smith, Dan Nichols, Jordan Windass, Joe Lamplough James Nichols (Jake Martindale) Ben Bassett, Charlie Dunkerley Subs not used : James Piercey,
Marske United: Robert Dean, Jacob Owen, Josh Rowbotham, Glen Butterworth , Andrew May, David Hillerby, Callum Martin (Leon Carling 85), Craig Gott, Damien Stevens (Lee Brockbank 71) , Jamie Owens, Curtis Round. Subs not used: Ian Clarke, Adam Wheatley, Lewis McDonald