NFU 0 Brackley Town 5 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 12 August 2017

North Ferriby United  0  Brackley Town  5
                                                LukeGraham 35; James Armson 72p, 76, 84,86

Brackley deservedly won this game and they could have won by a much larger margin had it not been for Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant.

The Villagers were rarely in the game as an attacking force. They did not have one effort on goal throughout the game. Town keeper Danny Lewis has probably not had an easier game for a long time. He only had to deal with back-passes and over-hit through balls and clearances.

Ferriby manager Steve Housham was  a bitterly disappointed man after the game. He commented,
“We were embarrassing today and only a couple of players came out of the game with any real credit. We were bullied, not unfairly, out of the game. The players have got to be stronger in challenges.

“We created virtually nothing and our defending was really poor. We missed tackles and left players unmarked. We gave the ball away far too often and far too easily.”

The first-half was reasonably even in terms of possession but Brackley always looked threatening when they attacked. Glenn walker was commanding in midfield with Ellis Myles and Adam Walker causing problems down the wings.

Ross Durrant made five good saves as Town carved through Ferriby’s midfield and defence far too easily.

it was a surprise that it took until the 35the minute for Brackley to go ahead. Shane Byrne’s corner was headed back by James Armson to Luke Graham who headed home unmarked.

Ferriby found it difficult to move forward, Russ Fry and Simon Russell were having to drop back in front of the back four to find the ball. This made it difficult for any positive attacks as this meant that opportunities in front of them were limited.

 Long balls out ofdefence rarely found the strikers or the wide-players and  Brackley were allowed to build-up one attack after another.

The second-half was almost completely one-sided. Brackley were almost completely dominant. Housham changed the formation slightly by pushing Curtis Bateson, then substitute Joe Pugh up front as an extra striker. Unfortunately, there was still no quality ball coming from the back or from midfield.

 Even so, largely thanks to Durrant, it took until the 72nd minute for Town to double their lead.  Ferriby skipper Steve Brogan brought down Armson who composed himself to send Durrant the wrong way from the penalty spot. As on Tuesday night, there were no complaints about the penalty award. It was another unnecessary challenge.

Just four minutes later, Armson made it three following good work from Lee Ndlovu  and Glenn Walker that  left him with time and space to slide the ball past the advancing  Durrant.

Armson completed his hat-trick after 84 with a tap-in following good work from substituteMatt Lowe who skipped through poor challenges on the right. Poor defensive work  then saw Armson claim his fourth from close-range with four minutes left..

It’s difficult to find positives from this game. Ross Durrant was head and shoulders Ferriby’s best player. Were it not for him, it could have been a much heavier defeat. He could not be blamed for any of the goals. Jake Skelton was fairly solid in the centre of the defence. Danny Emerton worked hard but lacked support going forward.

It is easier said than done, but the players need to have some confidence. In Russell and Fry they have two good midfield players who are capable of controlling a game. Bobby Johnson can be the midfield workhorse that every team needs. Up front, Emerton, Alberto Seidi and Joel Ambalu have the pace to unsettle defenders but they need good service to be able to do that.

Early as it is in the season, a positive performance and goals and points are needed at Alfreton on Tuesday. If not, it could be a very testing season.

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Ross Barrows (Kyle Dixon 41),  Steve Brogan, Bobby Johnson,  Jordon Cooke, Jake Skelton, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson (Joel Ambalu 65), Alberto Seidi, Russ Fry,  Danny Emerton  (Joe Pugh 72). Substitutes not used: Kojo Kyei,  Callum Rzonca,

Brackley Town:  Danny Lewis, Ellis Myles ( Matt Lowe 80),, Alex Gudger, Shane Byrne, Luke Graham, Gareth Dean, Glenn Walker ( Steve Diggin 79), James Armson, Lee Ndlovu, Andy Brown (Greg Kaziboni  77),  Adam Walker. Subs not used: Jack Byrne, Ben Tilney,


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