North Ferriby United 0
Chester FC 1 (James Akitunde 75)
Ferriby’s goal drought continues after another narrow defeat. Once again, this was a game from which The Villagers should have gained at least a point. However, they were punished for the only major mistake they made all evening. The single goal was enough as The Villagers failed to score for the fourth successive game.
Ferriby’s lack of goals is costing them dearly in a league which is very unforgiving. The team is creating plenty of chances and they are also not having much luck. Even so, there seems an unwillingness to shoot when well-placed. At this level you have to make the most of half-chances rather than try to create clear opportunities . Perhaps it is a matter of confidence. There are certainly goals in this team but they need the confidence of scoring a few. Kyle Wootton and Reece Thompson look to be real threat up-front.
It was the proverbial game of two halves with Ferriby having the better of the first whilst Chester were the better team in the second.
Ferriby should have been in front at half-time. Wootton fired an early shot wide and Danny Clarke drew a diving save from keeper Liam Roberts.
Jake Skelton saw a goal-bound header hit a defender then Thompson tried to create a very clear opening which allowed a defender to block his shot.
Ferriby piled on the pressure as half-time approached.A Wootton header clipped the outside of the postClarke forced Roberts into a flying save as the ball was heading for the top corner.
before forcing the keeper in to the save of the match just before half-time. Ben Middleton had a goal disallowed for a foul as the ball came in from a Russell corner. Kyle Watson was unfortunate to see a shot clip the outside of the post.
Chester had been limited to breakaways but they did look a threat when they broke at pace. They only forced one save from Watson in the half.
Ferriby were left to rue their missed chance as the second-half belonged mainly to Chester who constantly pushed Ferriby back.
Both sides hit the woodwork in the first five minutes, Ryan astles for Chester and Jake Skelton for Ferriby.
Despite Chester’s superiority, they created few clear chances. The pace of James Akintunde created problems throughout the game. He hit a couple of crosses that went across the goal area without anybody getting a touch. Watson had to make a fine one-handed save from Elliott Durrell.
Unfortunately for Ferriby, they had to play the final 26 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of Middleton for a second caution. Given the harshness of the first caution, the defender could feel hard done to.
Ferriby had a short period of pressure after this without really threatening Roberts’ goal.
The only goal came shortly after 75 minutes when Akintunde capitalised on a mix-up just inside the Ferriby to half to race on a and slide the ball past the advancing Rory Watson. This was the only major mistake by the defence all evening but it shows how unforgiving this division is.
With only 10 men, Ferriby were stretched at the back as they looked for a goal, Theo Vassell wasted a glorious chance to seal the game for Chester, blazing over from six yards.
Vinny Mukendi almost snatched a late equaliser with a dipping shot.
Not for the first time this season, Ferriby were punished for a single mistake and unsteadiness in front of the opposition goal. There is no doubt about the players’ effort and commitment. Perhaps a goal or two will do wonders for their confidence and see some positive results. They are not playing as badly as results might imply.
NFU: Rory Watson; Sam Topliss, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton Jake Skelton, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver (Vinny Mukendi 84), Simon Russell , Danny Clarke, Kyle Wootton (Ryan Kendall 76), Reece Thompson (Danny Emerton 76)
Subs not used: Ryan Fallowfield, Conner Robinson
Chester FC: Liam Roberts, Theo Vassell, Sam Hughes, Ryan Astles, Johnny Hunt, Elliott Durrell, Tom Shaw (Wade Joyce 45), Ryan Lloyd (Luke George 45),, Craig Mahon, James Akintunde, Kane Richards (James Alabi 66)
Subs not used: Jordan Chappell, Evan Horwood,