NFU 0 Warrington Town 5 (Evo Prem 18-19)

Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Saturday 1 September 2018

 Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Saturday 1 September 2018

 North Ferriby United   0    Warrington Town  5
                                                Tony Gray 12; Richard Brodie 19p
                                                Dylan Vassalo 42; Josh Amis 64; Bohan Dixon 82

After Monday’s superb performance, this was a devastating defeat for Ferriby. It was one of those games where too many players had on off-day. None of them could be faulted for their effort but very little went right.

Warrington outplayed Ferriby for periods of the game but it was really only in the final 20 minutes when they were really on top.

Warrington were generally quicker to the ball and won much of the second-ball, Ferriby struggled to hold on to the ball for any real length of time. They were often forced to clear their line s quickly and this allowed Warrington to quickly continue to pressure The Villagers.

Ferriby were the first to threaten with Jamie Forrester that keeper Anthony McMillan took by the post.

Warrington  took  the lead after 12 minutes when the unmarked Tony Gray headed home from close-range from an Adam Hughes  left-wing cross. 

The lead was doubled on 19 minutes when Richard Brodie converted a penalty following a foul on Shaun Beeley by Ben Clappison. It was perhaps a bit of a rash challenge with Beeley getting his shot off but the referee still awarding the penalty.

McMillan had  to make one  save of note, a shot from Luke Lofts after 36 minutes after the midfielder had jinked his way through in to the area.. Had that gone in,  the game may have changed but it was Warrington who scored the next, and vital goal.

Dylan Vassalo broke through after  42 minutes and, with Ferriby’s defence appealing for off-side,  he lobbed Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall. It was probably the killer blow.

Ferriby took the game to Warrington at the start of the second-half but they failed to create one shot on targeta and they rarely looked like scoring. Jamie Forrester worked hard in midfield. Exall performed well in goal and could not be faulted with any of the visitors’ goals

Warrington eventually  re-asserted themselves. Hughes hammered a shot against the crossbar before Warrington  sealed the game with two late goals from substitutes Bohan Dixon and Josh Amis.

Amis was left with a relatively simple close-range finish after 78 minutes and Dixon also scored from close-range with Ferriby’s defence again all over the place.

Ferriby never gave up but they struggled to make any kind of impression against an experienced Warrington team. As much as anything, they received a lesson in finishing.

Manager Chris Bolder was quite sanguine after the game,

“We conceded three goals in the first-half that could all have been prevented. They never cut us apart in the half but we went in three goals down.

“It was nice to name an unchanged side but I think some of them had nothing left in the tank after the energy and effort on Monday. None of them has the mentality where they won’t go out and give everything.

“Physically and mentally it was perhaps just a game too far for these lads.

“I’m not going to criticise the lads because of their efforts since the end of last season. We have to be consistent and we need eight, nine or ten players at or near the peak of their game. We’re coming up against proven players. I’m not saying our players aren’t good enough but they’re not proven at this level and that will take time to achieve.

“The players are hurting in the dressing room. There was no complacency from them. It was just a combination of factors that saw us perform like we did today. Nobody went out meaning to lose by five goals.

“We have to take a step backwards and look at where these lads have come from compared to players like David Raven and Richard Brodie.

“We need to learn from today because that’s how we’ll improve.”

So, a hard lesson for this young team. They now need to bounce back at Scarborough on Tuesday. That will be a real test of character for them.

NFU: Lewis Exall,  Ben Clappison, Charlie Dunkerley  (Ben Leyland 45)Jamie Forrester , James Piercey, Jack Mail,  James Williamson, Joe Lamplough (James Nichols 34), Jordan Harrison (Kent Bannister 55),  Luke Lofts , Luke Hinsley  Subs not used : Johnny Saltmer, Alex Knox 

Warrington Town: Anthony McMillan, Mitchell Duggan, Adam Hughes, Ben Garrity,  Mark Roberts,  David Raven, Jack Mackreth (James Caton 75),, Shaun Beeley, Richard Brodie  (Josh Amis), Tony Gray (Bohan Dixon 69),, Dylan Vassalo. Subs not used: Adam Carden, Ishmael Banks



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