Tuesday 17 April 2018
Vanarama National League North
North Ferriby United Gainsborough Trinity
Ashley Worsfold 29p
Gainsborough walked away with all three points in what was a ‘must win’ game for them. They will have been relieved at the final whistle as they were rather fortunate to gain the victory. The win still gives them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.
For The Villagers, it was a disappointing evening but they did not have the best of luck on an evening when the ball did not really run for them.
It was a scrappy game and that was perhaps to be expected given the importance of it to Gainsborough.
The visitors started brightly and looked the stronger team. However, there was little goal threat apart from an Ashley Worsfold header that went straight to Ross Durrant in Ferriby’s goal.
Ferriby responded with a James Nichols’ shot that was held comfortably by Heinrich Ravas. Shortly after, Nichols had a powerful strike deflected for a corner.
It was really Nichols’ night as far as scoring was concerned. The striker was denied by Ravas who tipped a shot on to the bar after Nichols had carved a chance out of nothing. It was frustrating for Nichols’ who was a threat all through the evening to the visiting defence.
Jordon Cooke’s first-time shot at the near-post from a corner was cleared from just in front of the line. Those near misses really summed-up The Villagers’ evening.
The only goal of the game, perhaps against the run-of-play came when Jack Mail conceded a penalty for a challenge on Worsfold. The striker got up and sent Durrant the wrong way from the penalty spot. It was tough on Ferriby but, to some extent, it eased Trinity’ nerves and they upped the tempo for a while.
Even so, they did not really trouble Durrant. Equally, Ravas was not seriously involved at the other end. Both sides went close without really threatening a goal until just before half-time. From a Gainsborough corner the ball was hit from a huddle of players on to the Ferriby bar.
Teh second-half saw less action in and around goal. Trinity were often glad to hit the ball long for their strikers to chase and to also relieve pressure on their defence. It may not have been pretty to watch but it was effective.
Bobby Johnson and Jordan Harrison were the biggest threat in the way of creating attacking moves but The Villagers only had one on-goal shot in the half. A surging run from Luke Lofts, on as a substitute, ended with a 20-yard shot that went narrowly wide with Ravas beaten.
Durrant was only called in to any serious action on two occasions as Trinity seemed to just want to hang on the win.
There could be no faulting Ferriby’s effort on the night. They worked hard as individuals and a s a team and certainly created scoring opportunities.
Scrappy affair. They made it into one with their need for points. Possession changed hands quite a lot.
Ferriby boss Chris Bolder commented after the game,
“On the balance of play, the chances created and shots on target we certainly deserved something from the game. We hit the bar twice and we’ve been very unlucky not to score.
“Gainsborough came at us in first five minutes but we came to terms with that and got ourselves in to the game.
“We had few words at half time because we were not completely happy with way we performed in certain aspects of the game during the first-half.
“I don’t know how we didn’t score in second-half. We were not necessarily too creative but we put lot of pressure on.
“Their staff have just said that the best team didn’t win tonight. They certainly know they’ve been in a game.
“It’s disappointing not to have scored. Jamie Forrester put four great balls across area in the first-alf with nobody getting a touch. In other games, somebody would have been on the end of them.
“Josh Walker did well when he came on and made a point after his performance at Bradford. Luke Lofts is getting back to fitness after illness and he has shown how skilful a player he is.
“It’s difficult to be too critical of the players. They’ve worked hard and created more chances than in most games recently.
“We train again on Thursday and prepare for Kidderminster on Saturday.!
NFU: Ross Durrant, Jordon Cooke (Ben Clappison 69), Jack Walters, Paul Robson, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jordan Harrison, Jamie Forrester, James Nichols (Josh Walker 66), Bobby Johnson, Alex Bannister (Luke Lofts 59)
Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, Kojo Kyei,
Gainsborough Trinity: Henrich Ravas, Michael Jacklin, Tom Davie (Ellis Storey 7), Shane Clarke, Bradley Beatson, Ioan Evans, Alex Simmons (Ben Hinchliffe 83), Liam King, Nathan Jarman(Craig King 75), Ashley Worsfold, Nicky Walker. Subs not used: Simon Russell, Jordan Richards,