Evostik Northern Premier League
26 January 2019
North Ferriby United 1 Basford United 2
Jordan Windass 37 Lewis Carr 6
Nathan Watson 62
It is difficult to not feel some sympathy for Ferriby after this latest defeat. In a lacklustre game, the visitors had more possession and territory but offered little more than Ferriby did in terms of goal threat.
Ferriby threatened first when Leon Smith’s header from18 yards was comfortably taken by keeper Saul Deeney
Basford took the lead after just six minutes when Lewis Carr was left unmarked at the far-post to head home. Unfortunately, the manner of the goal has been all too familiar this season.
Basford were unable to build on their despites the efforts of Matthew Thornhill in midfield and Nathan Watson and Shaun Harrad up-front. In fact, they had only one more effort on target in the half when Lewis Exall turned over a Watson header.
Ferriby manged two on-goal efforts that gave keeper Deeney no problems.
The Villagers equalised unexpectedly after 37 minutes. Deeney could not cope with Jordan Windass’s in-swinging corner and the ball crossed the line.
Other than those incidents there was little to excite either set of fans.
Unfortunately, the second-half was largely a repeat of the first.
Thornhill hit the post and Watson fired the rebound wide of a virtually open goal. The winner came from another set-piece when Watson was allowed to head home unmarked at the far post.
For Ferriby, Mark Hutchinson lost out in a one-on-one with Deeney and Jack Mail headed against the bar with Deeney beaten.
All in all, this was a journeyman performance from both sides. There was plenty of endeavour but little good football was in evidence from either side.
Ferriby finished with 10 men following the dismissal of Leon Smith for two cautions. This was the seventh time this season that Ferriby have finished a game with 10 players. It is frustrating when, like today, the game is finely balanced.
Assistant manager Joe Lamplough commented after the game,
“I thought it was neck and neck throughout the game to be honest. You’ve got bridges between experience and inexperience. Our average age is probably 21 or 22 and they have players who’ve experience with league clubs. So each time we play it’s a learning curve. Their two goals came from two set pieces and we have to learn from that.
The performance was certainly an improvement on last week’s. That is important because we have got to start looking at next season. We have good players who can only get better with experience.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Callum Harrison, Jordan Windass (Jake Martindale 86), Ben Leyland, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Leon Smith, Jack Smith, Mark Hutchinson, Niah Payne, Josh Vickers, (James Nichols 75)
Subs not used : Dan Nichols, Joseph Robinson, Lewis Hill
Basford United: Saul Deeney, Liam Bateman, Dominic Roma, Jerry Nash, Lewis Carr, Stefan Galinski Fernando Bell-Toxtle, Matthew Thornhill, Nathan Watson, Shaun Harrad (Liam Hearn 68Jack Thomas
Subs not used: Courey Grantham, James Reid, Zak Goodson,) Denell Stokes