Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 23 February 2018
North Ferriby United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 4
Ashley Worsfold 18, 43 pen
Anthony Wilson 46
Damian Reeves 90
The Villagers’ woes continue after another home defeat. It all happened after a promising start from Ferriby.They almost opened the scoring in the second minute but a double save from Jon Stewart denied James Piercy.
That was probably the high point for Ferriby although the game as they created little after that in the way of scoring opportunities.
The game was actually fairly even until Trinity scored in the 18th minute. A long ball enabled Ashley Worsfold to fire past debutant keeper Lewis Hill from 18 yards.
This goal seemed to give Trinity more confidence and they upped the tempo and controlled the rest of the half. Simon Russell, Alex Byrne and Will Longbottom constantly pushed Trinity forward. Former Ferriby striker Anthony Wilson, Worsfold and Byrne all went close but good defending, goalkeeping and wayward shooting denied them a second goal.
It needed a Worsfold penalty after 43 minutes to double their lead. The penalty was awarded after Callum Harrison tripped Ioan Evans just inside the area. Not for the first time this season, it was a penalty that did not need to be conceded.
Any hopes that Ferriby had of a comeback were dashed when Wilson clinched the game immediately after half-time with a good control and strike from around 18 yards.
Trinity dominated from this point on. The Ferriby defence was under constant pressure. The back-four refused to buckle and with the midfield also doing their bit to defend Gainsborough missed chance after chance.
Again the players missing the chances were Wilson, Worsfold and Byrne. They will probably say it was not really their day but it is a credit to Ferriby that they did not concede again until Damian Reeves scored in the 90th minute. This came after Simon Russell’s pass found the striker and he was strong enough to hold off a challenge and fire past Hill.
It may have been a chastening experience for hill on his debut but he could not be faulted for any of the goals.
On the day, Ferriby were outplayed by a side that had too much experience for them and The Villagers could have no complaint at the result or the scoreline.
Once again, the side worked hard but luck is in short supply. If they had taken that early lead things may have been so different.
Manager Joe Lamplough was left feeling frustrated at the end,
“[Gainsborough’s] players have a lot of experience and have been at this level for a long while. You saw that with Ant Wilson’s goal because his control and finish were excellent.
“You have to look at how we can prevent goals like that and it has to be done higher up the field and not so much the mistakes at the back today.
“They are a very good side and with their experience against our experience there is only one winner. We matched them for 20 minutes. We got a grip on the game and got the ball down and played some nice stuff.
“I may be wrong but I still think we are progressing.
The fixtures do not get any easier with Ferriby playing the first of three successive away games when they travel to Farsley Celtic on Tuesday in a re-arranged fixture.
NFU: Lewis Hill, Jack Smith, Jordan Windass, Ben Leyland (Dan Nichols 67), Callum Harrison, Aaron Brettell, Leon Smith (Josh Vickers 72) Alex Knox, James Nichols, James Piercy (Jack Mail 74), Niah Payne. Sub not used : Joseph Robinson
Gainsborough Trinity: Jon Stewart, Ioan Evans, Ben Gordon, Simon Russell, Joe Maguire, Nathan Stainfield, Alex Byrne, Shane Clarke (Harry Middleton 72), Ashley Worsfold (Damian Reeves 85), Anthony Wilson (George Hornshaw 78), Will Longbottom. Subs not used: Elliot Wilson, Zak Dilly