NFU 1 Boston United 5 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 20 January 2018

 Vanarama National League North                                           

North Ferriby United   1        Boston United  5
Adam Bolder 79 (pen)                    Ashley Hemmings 1 (pen); Gregg Smith 5;
                                                                Reece Thompson 17; Brad Abbott 45+2
                                                                Kabongo Tshimanga 82

Attendance:  546                             

Ferriby got off to the worst possible start, conceding two goals in the first five minutes. Ashley Hemmings converted a penalty inside the first minute after Kojo Kyei brought down former Ferriby striker Reece Thompson.

If that wasn’t bad enough, four minutes later, poor marking allowed Gregg Smith to head home from a Hemmings’ corner.

It was certainly not the start manager Chris Bolder needed as it left any pre-match plans in tatters.

Boston were totally on top throughout the first-half. For most of the game, in fact, they were stronger in the challenge, quicker to the ball and showed much more confidence when in possession.

Hemmings and Thompson were a constant threat and they were supported well by Steve Brogan, Ferriby’s captain until recently. Brogan was given far too much space down left and made a large number of probing runs.

Ferriby’s only effort on goal was a Carl Stewart shot that was held comfortably by the underworked Jon Stewart.

Boston’s fourth goal came with virtually the last touch of the half . Brad Abbott was left with a tap-in at the far post following Hemmings’ surging run down the left.

Ferriby were a bit more positive in the second-half and got forward on more occasions. At times they played with some composure but, even so, they rarely threatened Stewart.

The introduction of Jack Mail, Jamie Taylor and Jordan Deacey improved Feriby’s performance. Mail, in particular was impressive on his debut at this level. He had an awareness that has been lacking at the centre of the defence. Equally for Mail, it was his first taste of life at this level.

For the most part, Boston were in control and continued to look assured. The Boston defence as a whole was rarely troubled.

Adam Bolder reduced the arrears after 79 minutes when he drilled home a penalty after another former Ferriby player, Ben Middleton, fouled Jorome Slew. It was some relief to The Villagers but it did not last long.

However, Boston soon regained the four-goal lead. Thompson broke down the right and his low cross allowed Kabongo Tshimanga to score from close-range.

Boston’s win was as conclusive as the score suggests and it is going to be a long hard finish to the season for Ferriby.

Manager Chris Bolder commented:
  “Things dramatically when you  concede early goals. Confidence goes down, and  theirs goes up. They start to knock the ball around and take control.

“Their first three goals all came from set pieces. The penalty came from a poorly defended throw-in and Kojo caught Thompson. I’ve no issue with the decision but we should have defended better. Thesecond goal was an inability to defend a corner and the third was also the result of poor defending from a set piece.

“Whether players have been her all season or are new, it’s hard to change losing mentalty.
At half-time we said people need to take ownership and  responsibility. We came out better after half-time. All three subs did well. Jordan Deacey is a good player and performed well.  Jack Mail and Jamie Taylor came on and did well  in a difficult situation. We restored some pride in the second-half.

 “Moving on, we still have to improve at set pieces. Probably  75% of the goals we have conceded have been from set pieces. Players have to be more aware. Some players can see what is happening around them and they have to tell others what is going on and help-out each other.

“Brett Agnew played well. His attitude epitomises what we want to instil. He is still finding his feet at this level but working hard to improve

“We’ll keep going and trying. There is a gulf in class between us and other sides.  Some of our players haven’t played at this level. We’re bringing in players to give them an opportunity at this level.

“We’ve been picking up injuries and suspensions plus losing players to illness. We’ve also brought in a lot of players. All of this means it has been difficult to build continuity.”

NFU: Ross Durrant , Kojo Kyei  (Jamie Taylor 67) Jack Walters, Adam Bolder, Ben Clappison(Jack Mail 54), Jordon Cooke, Charlie Dunkerley (Jordan Deacey 54),  , Jamie Forrester, Carl Stewart , Brett Agnew, Jorome Slew
Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, Sam Ansu,

Boston United: Jon Stewart, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan,  Andy Thanoj,  Jordan Keane, Ryan Qualter, Jay Rollins (Lee Bennett 73), Brad Abbott (Jamie McGuire 68),  Reece Thompson, Gregg Smith (Kabongo Tshimanga 68),  Ashley Hemmings

Subs not used: George Willis,  Taron Hare

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