Saturday 6 January 2018
Vanarama National League North
North Ferriby United 0 Alfreton Town 3
David Shiels 17, Chris Sharp 20, Pierce Bird 45+1
This was a vital win for Alfreton as both teams were in the relegation zone at the start of play. The result leaves The Villagers in even deeper trouble at the bottom of the table.
Ferriby actually started the game brightly with Carl Stewart hitting the bar in the 2nd minute. For the first 10 minutes pressed Alfreton back and things were looking promising. However, Alfreton gradually began to take control after 10 minutes.
Chris Sharp placed a tame header in to Ross Durrant’s hands before marauding full-back Tom Allan forced Durrant in to a low save.
The game really turned when Alfreton scored twice in three minutes. The first, after 17 minutes, saw Dave Shiels score with a free header in the six-yard box from a Brendan Daniels corner. It was a case of déjà-vu for Ferriby as this has happened so often this season. Three minutes later a Ferriby set-piece broke down and Alfreton broke quickly. Bradley Wood fed Chris Sharp on the right and the striker drove on to fire an angled shot past keeper Ross Durrant.
In between those goals Booby Johnson drew a save from Town keeper Chris Elliott.
To The Villagers’ credit, they attempted to play football and there wwas some good passing football and some threats to the Alfreton goal. Jordon Cooke hit a powerful shot at Elliott. Jamie Forrester shot wide and Jerome Slew saw an on-target shot deflected for a corner.
It got worse for Ferriby after 31 minutes when Bobby Johnson was dismissed for denying Guan Mulhearn a goal-scoring opportunity.
Alfreton’s third goal in added time saw Pierce Bird head home relatively unchallenged in the goal area.
With Alfreton three goals to the good and a man extra, it is perhaps no surprise that the second-half lacked a lot of real excitement.
Alfreton had most of the possession with Wood, Mulhearn, Sharp and Daniels a constant threat. Even so, they did not trouble Durrant too often. A number of good chances were missed.
Wood hit a shot at Durrant and Jorome Slew responded with another on-target shot was blocked.
Daniels had a goal disallowed for a foul as Town continued to press and Wood wasted a great chance.
Luke Lofts, a half-time substitute for Carl Stewart, gave some impetus to The Villagers’ midfield but it was always going to be difficult to break Alfreton down with only ten men.
Ferriby did keep trying to play football but could make little headway in midfield and Chris Elliott in the Alfreton goal was rarely troubled.
Manager Chris Bolder was visibly disappointed after the game,
“I’m very disappointed with the result. After the performance at York I was optimistic of getting something from today. We almost took the lead early on but then conceded in their first attack.
“We can’t concede two goals in six-yard box at this level. We have got to defend better and markers have to ba aware of their opponents. We had almost the same number of free-kicks and corners as them but we got no free headers at set pieces; they did.
“They did not real cut us apart at any time in the game.
“People are given roles and responsibilities and they have to make the right decisions.
“If very pleasing, outstanding before took him off. We need everyone to make the maximum effort but as a manager you can’t control individual decisions that players make during a game..
“We’ve got to take positives from every game. We are in transition but players like Jamie Forrester and Luke Lofts are the future of this club. They had good games today, as did Brett Agnew and Jordon Cooke. Jordan is working hard in training and is learning and is going from strength to strength.
Nobody turns up wanting to make mistakes. Nobody crosses that line on to the pitch wanting to play badly and lose. It’s a personal pride thing and must be present in every game.”
NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Bobby Johnson, Ben Clappison, Jake Skelton, Adam Bolder, Jamie Forrester (Kojo Kye 72i, Carl Stewart Carl Stewart (Luke Lofts 45), Brett Agnew, Alex Davidson (Jorome Slew 27)
Substitutes not used: Sam Ansu Lewis Exall,
Alfreton Town: Chris Elliott, Sam Topliss, Tom Allan, Tom Platt (Kegan Everington 68),, David Shiels ( Ryan Jennings 81),, Pierce Bird, Bradley Wood, James Baxendale, Chris Sharp, Guan Mulhearn (Craig Westcarr 68),, Brendon Daniels
Subs not used: Craig Disley, Noel Burdett