Saturday 11 November 2017
Vanarama National League North
North Ferriby United 0 Bradford Park Avenue 1
Oli Johnson 19
Bradford did just enough to win what was, at times, a rather niggly game. It really was a familiar story for Ferriby. There was plenty of endeavour and some skill but chances were limited.
Bradford were always more comfortable on the ball. They played some good football in midfield but rarely found a telling final pass.
The visitors had the better of the opening 20 minutes but it was The Villagers’ Mason Warren who actually had the first shot on target.
The only goal of the game came from Oli Johnson when he scored on the turn at a poorly defended corner after 19 minutes. For Ferriby fans it was a case of déjà vu.
Perhaps surprisingly, the goal seemed to lift Ferriby rather than Bradford. Kuda Muskwe forced a fine one-handed save from Steve Drench as Ferriby began to finally get in to the game.
The game became more end-to-end but chances remained limited. Mark Gray had a shot blocked then Muskwe headed at Drench.
Both sides had a goal disallowed for off-sidetowards the end of half. Mark Gray had the ball in the net after 35 minutes and Adam Boyes found his effort chalked off.
On the stroke of half-time Ross Durrant made a good save from a shot by Nicky Wroe that he saw late.
There was actually less goal threat from both teams in the second-half that got increasingly fractious.
Ferriby played in to Bradford’s hands with persistent long-balls that were comfortably dealt with by Luca Havern and Shane Killock. When The Villagers did play the ball to feet they looked as if they could create chances. Muskwe and Bateson made life difficult for the Bradford defence when they ran at them.
Bradford finished with ten men following the dismissal of Danny Boshell after 72 minutes for a foul on Mason Warren. This made little difference to Ferriby’s approach.
It was the 83rd minute before there was a shot on target with Nicky Clee hitting the ball low to Durrant.
Muskwe had a goal-bound shot deflected for a corner before Bateson was unlucky with a header in added time that Drench did well to save.
Adam Boyes should have sealed the game moments later but in front of an open goal he somehow managed to hit the bar.
The most frustrating thing from Ferriby’s point of view is that they are losing to teams who are, in many cases, not really any better than The Villagers. However, Ferriby’s games follow a rather similar pattern: easy goals are conceded and too few good scoring opportunities are created.
Manager Steve Housham was frustrated following the game,
“I seem to be saying the same thing after each game. Once again, we didn’t defend properly at a set-piece and got punished.
“Kuda was unlucky because their keeper made two great saves to deny him a goal. We thought we’d equalised through Mark Gray and it was disappointing to see it disallowed.
“We just have to keep going. We need to keep a belief in ourselves. The players do have the ability to perform well at this level . At the moment, it is just not happening for them.”
NFU: Ross Durrant , Ross Barrows, Steve Brogan, Russ Fry (Joel Ambalu 76), Mark Gray, Jake Picton, Simon Russell , Curtis Bateson, Kuda Muskwe , Jordan Cooke (Callum Rzonca 43) , Mason Warren
Substitutes not used: Bobby Johnson, Jake Skelton, Yannick Gomes
Bradford Park Avenue: Steve Drench, Mark Ross, Graham Kelly, Nicky Wroe, Shane Killock, Luca Havern, Wayne Brooksby, Danny Boshell, Adam Boyes, Oli Johnson, Nicky Clee
Subs not used: Ed Hall, Javan Vidal, Matt Hill, Adam Nowakowski, Cameron Lyn