NFU 0 Chorley 2 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 9 September 2017

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United  0    Chorley  2
                                                  Jason Walker 3; Josh Wilson 79

It was another frustrating day for injury ravaged  Ferriby. They had to field the only 16 fit players they had.  All considered, this was a decent performance but, once again, they  finished goalless and pointless.

 The Villagers opened brightly but Chorley stunned them with a goal after just three minutes.  Ferriby lost possession in midfield and Chorley  broke quickly in what was their first real attack. Jason Walker cut in from the right and fired a low shot past Ross Durrant.

Akeel Francis responded for Ferriby with a shot that was held by keeper Matt Urwin.

Ferriby were grateful to Durrant for a good blocking save from an Adam Blakeman shot and then Mark Gray did well to block a goal-bound shot.

Joe Pugh and Curtis Bateson both went close for Ferriby but it was the visitors who came closest  to a goal with a Marcus Carver shot that hit the post.

The second-half belonged to Chorley. Ferriby had one on-target shot in the 90th minute and that was really the only threat they could manage. They did, on occasion, force Chorley’s back-four to play hurriedly. However, With Carver, Jake Cottrell  and Walker showing pace and movement, Chorley always looked dangerous up-front. To be fair to Ferriby, their back-four did play well against some quality players

Simon Russell had a shot blocked as Ferriby looked for the equaliser but the main threats came from the visitors.

Blakeman had three efforts go off-targe tand  Marcus Carver missed a good chance from 16 yards

Substitute Josh Wilson scored the clinching goal from close range after Andy Teague played the ball back to him. It was no more than Chorley deserved.

Teague was magnificent in the centre of the visitors’ defence. He held them together when Ferriby did threaten and he organised the side well and missed very little in the air and on the ground.

Callum Rzonca, Bobby Johnson and Russell worked hard in midfield. However, there was little good ball for the strikers to feed on. Francis was often found foraging for the ball 25 or 30 yards from goal when The Villagers really needed his presence closer to goal.

Manager Steve Housham commented,
“I thought that this was perhaps our best performance of the season. We worked hard and produced some good football. However, in the ens, Chorley just had that bit more quality than we had.

“Their first goal was disappointing. It came from a break in midfield when we lost the ball. They made the most of it and took the chance well.

“We are, perhaps, a little too ‘nice’ at times. We don’t have the tallest attack and we get bullied off the ball.”

Assistant manager Darryn Stamp said,
“We know our biggest problem is scoring. We often blame defenders for errors that lead to goals but the strikers also have to take responsibility. Once we start scoring we will start to take some of the pressure off the defence.”

So Ferriby pick themselves up and gos again on Tuesday when Spennymoor Town visit The Eon Visual Media Stadium.

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Jordan Cooke, Kyle Dixon,  Bobby Johnson,  Mark Gray, Jake Picton, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson, Akeel Francis (Alberto Sedi 77),  Joe Pugh ( Jake Skelton 67),  ,   Callum Rzonca (Ross Barrows 80).  Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei,

Chorley: Matt Urwin,Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman,  Andy Teague, Scott Leather , Stephen Jordan, Nick Haughton (Dale Whitham 55), Josh O’Keefe,  Marcus Carver(Josh Wilson 75), Jason Walker(Adam Roscoe 87), Jake Cottrell. Subs not used:  Kieran Charnock, Paul Jarvis,

Attendance:  260


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