NFU 0 AFC Telford United 2 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 21 October 2017

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United    0    AFC Telford United     2
                                                  Jordan Lussey 45; Elliot Newby 78

The season is beginning to look bleak for Ferriby for Ferriby following this defeat.  In many respects, there was little to choose between the teams but Telford did look more assured and composed, especially in the second-half.

Although the game was entertaining enough the action was limited to rarely brief periods in each half.

The game was played in a gusting wind. Both sides managed to play some decent passing football at times but neither could find  a telling ball near the penalty area.

Ross Durrant was forced in to an early comfortable save by Anthony Dwyer. Elliot Newby and John Marsden both missed the target for Telford, as did Jake Skelton for The Villagers.

The loss of Bobby Johnson after 36 minutes due ti the effects of illness was a blow to Ferriby. Ross Barrows came on as substitute at right back with Mason Warren moving in to midfield.

The first-half only really sprang to life in the final five minutes. Telford began to exert some control and man-of-the match Marsden saw have a shot blocked in front of the line and his follow-up was saved by Durrant with his feet.

A defensive mix-up then allowed Connor Johnson to put in a header that Durrant saved. The opening goal came on the stroke of half-time. Elliot Newby’s cross-shot was touched home in the six-yard box by Jordan Lussey. Again, it was a goal typical of many that The Villagers have conceded this season. At times there seems to be  alack of awareness in Ferriby’s defence. Each of the players is more than good enough to perform well at this level but the back four is not quite gelling as a unit at the moment.

Ferriby started the second-half brightly with Curtis Bateson drawing two saves from Jasbir Singh. However, Telford gradually took control but still presented little real threat.

Marcus Dinanga forced a save from Durrant before the game
exploded   after 56 minutes. Ferriby’s Mason Warren was sent-off after apparently handling the ball on the goal-line. The  call was made by the assistant referee and the referee upheld the decision after discussion with his assistant. Warren and his colleagues were adamant that the ball had hit the defender’s chest as it headed goalwards. However, the protests were to no avail. Marsden’s penalty was parried by Durrant. Newby was first to the ball and put it in the net. However, he had encroached as the penalty was taken and the goal was, rightly, disallowed. Cue more protests, this time from Telford but, also, to no effect.

Perhaps this should have spurred Ferriby but it seemed to have the opposite effect and Telford gradually took control of the game. Kuda Muskwe should perhaps have hit the target with a free header after 76 minutes in a rare Ferriby attack. The miss proved costly.

Despite Telford’s control, there was little direct threat to Ferriby’s goal until the 78th minute. Marsden capitalised on an error on the half-way line and powered forward. His pass allowed Dwyer to feed Newby who gave Durrant no chance.

Telford comfortably played-out the rest of the game to cement The Villagers firmly to the bottom of the table.

Manager Steve Housham was left feeling frustrated,

“It was s disappointing performance after our last two games. We looked like a side that could score goals in those two games but we had no real goal threat at all today.

“I sound like a record, but we have to be disappointed with the two goals we did concede. Justice was probably done with the penalty miss. Even so, it meant that Warren was, in our opinion, wrongly sent-off. Playing with 10 men when you are a goal down obviously makes life that bit more difficult.”

It is hard to criticise the Ferriby players for their attitude and commitment but they cannot hide from the fact that too many “soft” goals are being conceded. And it is not just the defence that can take the blame. Defending should start wherever and whenever you lose the ball. Too often, Ferriby allow the ball-carrier to attack without any real pressure.

It is now perhaps an issue of confidence for The villagers because the side does contain talented players.

NFU: Ross Durrant , Mason Warren , Steve Brogan, Jake Skelton, Jake Picton, Bobby Johnson (Ross Barrows 36), Simon Russell , Curtis Bateson, Kuda Muskwe ,  Russell Fry (Jordan Cooke 63),  Darnelle Bailey-King 6 (Callum Rzonca 74, 6)  
Substitutes not used: Joel Ambalu,  Mark Gray

AFC Telford United: Jasbir Singh,  Aaaron Simpson, Ryan Wilson,  Connor Johnson, Ross White, Jonathan Royle , Anthony Dwyer, Jordan Lussey (Louis McGrory 81),, Marcus Dinanga, John Marsden(Henry Cowans 90+2), Elliot Newby(Jordan Murphy 81).
Subs not used:  Jordan Gough, Sheridan Martinez



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