NFU 0 Southport 3 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 17 February 2018

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United     0                Southport     3
                                                                Jason Gilchrist 38p
                                                                David Morgan 41
                                                                Jack Sampson 48                             

Injuries and suspensions meant that Chris Bolder had to make five changes to the line-up that played at Brackley on Tuesday evening.             It was not what Bolder really wanted as he attempts to build a settled squad.

One could not fault the players’ attitude or commitment today but they were up against a strong full-time Southport side.

Southport deservedly won this game but it was not always as easy as the score-line might suggest.

The Sandgrounders opened strongly and dominated the first 15 minutes. They were quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge. It needed a bit of luck and some solid defending for Ferriby to prevent Southport from scoring.

Ross Durrant did well to block a shot from Jack Sampson. The rebound was latched on to by Dion Charles and his shot was cleared from in front of the line by Jordon Cooke.

The closest to a goal was  in this period was a Sampson header that hit the bar before Charles shot over the bar.

Ferriby gradually came in to the game and they had the better of the middle 15 minutes. A Jordan Harrison cross dipped just over the bar.  Jack Mail almost put Ferriby in front but his header from Adam Bolder’s free-kick was cleared off the line.

Ferriby continued to press and Worsnop was alert enough to take the ball off Boldre’s toes before saving a Bobby Johnson shot.

The opening goal was somewhat against the run of play when it came.  Southport broke quickly and Johnson fouled Adam Morgan. Jason Gilchrist sent Durrant the wrong way from the spot.

Three minutes later it was Morgan who scored, shooting through a crowd of players after a goalmouth scramble.

Ferriby manager Chris Bolder commented,
“We were under pressure for the first 10 minutes but we weathered that well and came into it and exerted pressure of our own.

“It was disappointing to concede two quick goals, especially as they both could have been defended better. I thought that if we could have gone in just one down at half-time it would have been good and would set us up for the second-half. They went for the jugular after the  penalty and uppedthe  tempo.

Southport began the second-half determined to kill-off the game. They did this with a third goal after 48 minutes. And probably ruined any hopes of a Ferriby fight-back. Dion Charles crossed low from the right and Jack Sampson tapped in from close-range at the far-post. Again, a goal that probably should have been prevented.

To give Ferriby credit, Durrant only had one more save to make and it was Ferriby who had more goal attempts as the half progressed. Unfortunately, none of the really troubled Worsnop though he had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions to thwart Ferriby.


Bolder commented further,
“That was our third game on heavy pitches in eight days and that is a big ask for these lads.  Fitness levels come into it. We’ve got lads still finding their feet at this level. Today we were up against  a full time side and that makes abig difference.
“However,  we kept going and our attitude and commitment was never in doubt today.

“ We need to learn from mistakes. Again, we did not concede from a set piece. We cCreated chances and had corners even towards end and that is encouraging.

“I told the players before game that Southport have two big strong centre-backs who will love antything in front of them. But we felt that we could cause problems if we could get behind them and that’s what happened at times. Pace terrifies defenders.

“Sam Ansu showed flashes of real quality up front in his first start for us.. Kojo  Kyeiwas consistent. He has great desire to improve. He is calm and collected andther is a  level of maturity in his performance. James Piercey was another who had a very good game. He played extremely well at the centre of the defence against two accomplished and strong strikers.

“All we can ask is for attitude commitment and come off pitch satisfied with what we’ve done if not with the result.”

Bplder can certainly be satisfied with his side’s effort today. There is ability in the side but with so many of the players being young and lacking experience at this level it is always going to be difficult. There is promise for the future and that is the main thing given Ferriby’s current position.

NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Kojo Kyei, Ben Clappison (Charlie Dunkerley 68),   James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jordan Harrison, Bobby Johnson, Sam Ansu (James Nicholls 58), Adam Bolder, Luke Lofts (George Harrison 82)
 Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall

Southport: Jon Worsnop,  Jordan Richards, Graham Kelly, David Morgan, Steve Howson, Billy Priestley, Elliot Osborne (Adam Dawson 69), David Lynch, Jason Gilchrist (Dan Cockerline 77), Jack Sampson, Dion Charles (Mekhi McLeod 77),

Substitutes not used:  Clive Smith, Mark Halstead


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