NFU 0 Tamworth 0 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 2 September 2017

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United     0     Tamworth    0

This was much better performance from The Villagers. A point and a clean-sheet will do the team’s confidence good. The players worked hard for the full 90 minutes against one of the better sides in the division and they certainly deserved the point.

Leigh Hutchinson and Callum Rzonca were given an opportunity to start the game and they caused problems for Tamworth throughout.  This meant, that for once, The Villagers were able to put their opponents on the back foot. Scoring remains an issue but now that chances are being created it should only be a matter of time before goals come.

In a fairly mundane first-half, there was little to truly excite the crowd.

Tamworth had the better of the half. They were quicker to the ball and often stronger in the tackle. Tamworth were the more dangerous going forward but did not have an end product. Curley, Darryl Knights, Jack Lane and Reece Styche all had off-target shots. Mark Gray did well to block a Knights shot and Lane headed narrowly wide from a corner.

It actually took until the 42nd minute before Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant had to make the only save of the half when he parried a Matt Curley shot.
Ferriby’s attacks were dealt with fairly comfortably by Tamworth’s defence and visiting keeper Shaun Rowley did not have a save to make  in either half.

 The game finally sprung to life in the second-half. Ferriby started positively with Hutchinson going close with a header from a corner and Rzonca shooting wide from 18 yards. It is god to see that Rzonca is willing to take shots as it is part of Ferriby’s game that is lacking.

Kyle Dixon and Bobby Johnson both had off-target efforts before Tamworth got themselves back in to the game.

Kyle Dixon cleared a Styche cross-cum-shot from just in front of the line. Durrant then did well to block a shot from Brad Reid as he broke through.

Knights fired just over when well-placed and the striker should really have won after 87 minutes. He broke clear but  Durrant blocked his shot. The ball fell at Knights’ feet and his goal-bound shot was sensationally blocked by Bobby Johnson who had run at least 60 yards to get back to cover.

Tamworth may feel they did enough to win but the game is as much about defending as it is about scoring. Ferriby certainly defended well today and they did look better going forward.

Manager Steve Housham was much more upbeat than he has been recently,

“It was a hard workmanlike performance. Our quality in the final third is what let us down in the end. WE had great desire going forward and defensively in the second-half.

“ I thought we’d lost it [the game] near the end but Ross made a great save then Bobby {Johnson] somehow managed to make  along run to get back and block the follow-up shot. That just typified the spirit the boys showed today.

“We have to be positive we have lost only one of the last four games and we got a point today from a top seven side.

“The results will come with performances like this and hopefully that will also bring in the fans.”

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Jordan Cooke, Kyle Dixon,  Bobby Johnson,  Mark Gray, Jake Picton, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson, Joel Ambalu (Alberto Sedi 77), Leigh Hutchinson (Joe Pugh  73),   Callum Rzonca.  . Substitutes not used: Kojo Kyei, Lewis Exall, Ross Barrows

Tamworth:  Shaun Rowley,  Andy Burns, Stephan Morley, Ellis Deeney, Louis Ezewele (Brad Reid 50), Jack Lane, Regan Upton, Aman Verma, Reece Styche (Callum Powell75), Matt Curley, Darryl Knights. (Charlie Shaw 87). Subs not used:  Dan Jezeph, Dexter Walters

Attendance:  261


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