Evostik Northern Premier League
Friday 24 August 2018
Mickleover Sports 3 North Ferriby United 2
Pablo Mills 34, 45 Dan Norton 69
Evan Garnett 54 James Williamson 82
A stirring fight-back in the final 25 minutes, including added-time, was not quite enough to earn Ferriby a point at Mickleover. After a disappointing first-half The Villagers’ fans spirits were raised in the second-half as goals from Dan Norton and James Williamson brought Ferriby back in to a game that had seemed well and truly lost.
Ferriby opened the game well and were the better and more threatening team in the opening 10 minutes. They should really have taken the lead in the second minute when Jordan Harrison was through in a one-on-one with home keeper Lewis King. Unfortunately for Ferriby, Harrison’s shot went straight to King who was able to block.
Evan Garmett fired wide for Mickleover as they began to take control of the game.. John McGrath created problems from dead-ball situations and from one corner, Pablo Mills headed narrowly wide.
Ferriby responded with a shot from Harrison that was taken by King in what was The Villagers’ last real threat of the half.
Former Ferriby player Mason Warren was a thorn in The Villagers’ side all evening. He created a lot from midfield and was also a goal-scoring threat. He hit one shot at Lewis Exall before the keeper flung himself full-length to turn a blistering drive over the bar.
The opening goal came after 34 minutes from out of nowhere, though it was no more than Sports deserved. Mills picked-up a clearance some 40 yards from goal and hit and absolutely unstoppable shot into the top corner. It was just fractionally too far from Exall’s full-length.
Ferriby’s heads went down a little at that point. Another former Ferriby player, Nathan Jarman, smacked the ball against the outside of the post before Mills got his second of the game. Ollie Roberts free-kick reached the unmarked Mills via somebody’s head and he needed no second chance to fire home another powerful shot three minutes before the interval.
Once again, Ferriby’s back-four was basically solid with Exall doing nothing wrong behind them. Jamie Forrester, Dan Norton and Luke Lofts battled in midfield but they were often outnumbered. Harrison was often an isolated figure up-front.
Ferriby fans were probably fearing the worst at half-time and their gloom deepened after 54 minutes. A low cross from the right hit Evan Garnett in the six-yard box and ended up in the net with the striker knowing little about it. It summed-up The Villagers’ evening up to that point.
However, credit to Chris Bolder’s players, instead of their heads going down, they responded emphatically and took the game to Mickleover.
Norton saw a shot turned round by King, Forrester had one deflected on to the top of the bar and Joe Lamplough had a shot punched clear. All this within the space of two minutes
Mickleover were struggling to make any serious attempts on Exall’s goal as The Villagers defended determinably and the midfield press the home side and cut down the space that they had had in the first-half.
Ferriby pulled a goal back after 69 minutes when Norton headed home Forrester’s corner from the right. Many thought this was going to be just a consolation goal but it spurred Ferriby further.
Mickleover found they were defending desperately a times as they were forced back. In the 82nd minute, Charlie Dunkerley’s low cross was turned in by James Williamsom to cut the deficit to a single goal.
For all their efforts, Ferriby could not find the equaliser but they had Micklover hanging-on grimly by the final whistle.
After the game, Chris Bolder had mixed feelings,
“We probably should have take the lead in the first couple of minutes and that would have made a big difference. We were the better side for the first 10 minutes but after that they took control.
“The first goal was one of those that you don’t anticipate from 40-yards and our heads went down a little bit because we had been defending well.
“The second goal could probably have been better defended and it left us with a big job to do in the second-half.
“At half-time, we had a few words about what we needed to do in the second-half but their third goal was a blow, especially as the ball really just hit their player rather than it being a deliberate attempt on goal.
“However, I’ve nothing but praise for the lads after that. They got their heads up and really took the game to Mickleover. We dominated the final 25 minutes and an equaliser would have been fair.
“We have to be positive. We are playing sides with more experienced players who know how to play the game at this level. We have to remember that most of our lads have been playing at much lower levels until recently. They will have gained a lot from this game.
“We also finished by far the stronger of the two sides and that is a big plus. “
In the end, there was much to be positive about despite the result. The attitude and character to almost clear a three goal deficit away from home, finishing the stronger side and creating scoring opportunities are all things that can be built on in coming games.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Joe Lamplough (James Nichols 61), James Williamson, Jamie Forrester, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Dan Norton, Ben Clappison, Jordan Harrison (Charlie Dunkerley 67) Alex Knox (Kent Bannister 45), Luke Lofts. Subs not used : Dan Nichols, Johnny Saltmer
Mickleover Sports: Lewis King, Kevin Grocott, Ben Turner, John McGrath (Jimmy Phillips 72), Pablo Mills, Tyreece Robinson, Curtis Burrows, Oliver Roberts, Nathan Jarman, Evan Garnett, Mason Warren Subs not used : Will Norcross, Isai Marselia, Lewis Belgrave, Niall Doran