FA Trophy 4th Round
Saturday 1st February 2014
North Ferriby United Gosport Borough
Scorers: NFU: Dean Lisles 48
Gosport Borough: Sammy Igoe 9; Timothy Sills 31
Ferriby’s FA Trophy dream is over following this defeat to Skrill South Gosport Borough. This was a below-par performance from Ferriby and they could have no argument with the result.
Ferriby started the game brightly with Gosport keeper Nathan Ashmore tipping over Liam King’s goal-bound drive in the first minute. The Villagers had a flurry of corners in the first seven minutes but they could not capitalise on this early pressure.
Gosport responded with a header from Lee Molyneaux that went well wide before taking the lead against the run of play in the ninth minute. Michael Gosney’s low cross should have been cleared but the ball was allowed to run to Sammy Igoe who scored from close-range.
Ferriby found it difficult to raise their game despite being behind and their only attempts on goal from Danny Clarke and Anthony Wilson.
The Villagers could not find any cohesion and their long passes were dealt with fairly comfortably by Gosport’s defence.
Gosport attacked sporadically as Ferriby exerted the greater pressure without creating anything. Against the run of play, Gosport doubled their lead after 31 minutes. Jamie Brown’s scuffed shot somehow found its way to the totally unmarked Tim Stills who accepted the chance with relish. The two goals were Gosport’s onlt shots on target in the whole game.
Ferriby responded just before half-time with Anthony Wilson shooting over and Ryan Kendall hitting a shot at Ashmore.
The second-half opened well for Ferriby and they pulled a goal back on 48 minutes. A Jamie Yates corner reached Dean Lisles who shot emphatically past Ashmore to give Ferriby some hope.
However, Ferriby struggled to create clear chances as they opted, again for the long high ball. Kendall had a shot deflected for a corner and Anthony Wilson shot at the keeper as The Villagers pressed forward.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath put on Nathan Jarman as The Villagers switched to 4-3-3 in an attempt to find the equaliser.
Chances were still limited despite Ferriby’s pressure and it was not until the last few minutes that they came close to equalising. Kendall and Wilson, on the rebound, saw shots blocked before Ashmore made a one-handed save to turn Kendall’s low drive for a corner.
Gosney’s low cross cross after 81 minutes eluded everyboby to go out for agoal-kick when the slightest touch would have seen the ball in the back of the net. Igoe should probably have wrapped-up the game for Gosport in added time but he shot wide when well-placed.
Ferriby will be ruing this performance. Their passing game was missing and they played to Gosport’s defensive strengths. The Villagers had most of the possession but, for once, they lacked the creative spark to make it count.
Gosport depended on quick breaks and they made Ferriby pay dearly.
The upside of the day was that second-placed Hednesford drew with Altrincham to leave Ferriby top of the Skrill North on goal difference and with two games in hand on Hednesford.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “This was probably our worst performance of the season. That’s not to take anything away from Gosport who deserved the win on the day. This was a big game for both sides and we did not respond to it. It was a below-par performance apart from the first ten minutes. We need to bounce back quickly at Barrow next week who are now enjoying a good run.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, (Russ Fry 71),Matt Wilson, Dean Lisles, Danny Clarke (Nathan Jarman 64), Jon D’Laryea, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall Jamie Yates
Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Dan Clayton, Louis Bruce,
Gosport Borough: Nathan Ashmore, Lee Molyneuax, Andrew Forbes, Jamie Brown, Brett Poate, Sam Pearce, Sammy Igoe, Daniel Smith, Timothy Sills (Rory Williams 71), Daniel Wooden, Michael Gosney. Non-playing subs: Daniel Woodward, Wayne Shaw, Adam Wilde, Jack Barton