Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 2 March 2019
Matlock Town 1 North Ferriby United 0
Jonathon Margetts 28
This was a rather harsh result on Ferriby who deserved a point from this game. Ferriby lined-up without Jack Mail who has transferred to Barton Town and gave a debut to Luke Mascall from Cleethorpes Town.
The first 25 minutes were nothing to write about as neither side could get any sort of grip on the game. Passes went astray and too much possession was lost by both sides. This happened all through the game.
The game sprung into a little bit of life after 23 minutes when Lewis Exall did well to turn Michael Williams 35-yard dipping shot over the bar.
Five minutes later, Matlock took the lead with what proved to be the winning goal. Lee Beevers on the right-wing managed to make space to put in a cross that former Hull City player Jonathon Margetts was allowed to head home unchallenged.
That was one of the few occasions in the match that The Villagers’ defence was not really switched on. Callum Harrison and James Piercy were dominant in the centre and were well-supported by Aaron Brettell and Dan Nichols all through the game.
James Nichols came close to an equaliser after 36 minutes but his low shot was turned for a corner by Town keeper and former Ferriby favourite Ross Durrant.
Ferriby’s midfield worked hard but were often over-run in the first-half. The second-half saw them tighten up on Matlock’s midfield. This caused the home side to start playing hopeful balls and they rushed passes.
Ferriby gradually grew in confidence during the second-half and they showed much more purpose and confidence going forward. Unfortunately they created little in the way of goal threat despite the efforts of Niah Payne and James Nichols.
Jake Martindale, Mascall, Ben Leyland and Josh Vickers worked hard both in attacking and defensive midfield roles.
Ferriby’s determination in the second period frustrated Matlock and they struggled to offer any kind of threat to Ferriby’s goal.
The Villagers will be disappointed with the outcome but, as has been the case for the season as a whole, they lack that little bit of experience and nous that can make all the difference. To some extent, they lack a physical presence as most teams seem that little stronger in challenges. That may have something to do with the number of yellow and red cards they have picked-up over the season. Many of those have been for innocuous fouls that deserved little more than a free-kick.
Manager Joe Lamplough was full of praise for his players after the game,
“I really thought we did enough to get a point today. We worked hard and made it a difficult afternoon for Matlock.
“We made far fewer errors than usual and concede very few free-kicks. It was a much more mature performance from the lads.
“All in all, it was appositive performance that we need to repeat at Workington next week.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols (Jordan Windass 60), Aaron Brettell, Ben Leyland, James Piercy, Callum Harrison, Jale Martindale, Luke Mascall (Alex Knox 76), Josh Vickers (Leon Smith 80), James Nichols, Niah Payne. Sub not used : Lewis Hill
Matlock Town: Ross Durrant, Lee Beevers, Brad Beatson, Nathan Whitehead, Dwayne Wiley, Adam Yates, Jordan Chapell, Michael Williams, Craig Westcarr (Luke Hinsley 59),, Jonny Margetts (Toby Lees 89), Jordan Wells (Michael Hollingsworth 66)
Subs not used: Chris Salt, Jordan Pierrpont