Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 10 November 2018
North Ferriby United
Tom Waudby 35
Callum Saunders 12; Danny Glover 21p, 67; Joel Stair 33
Nantwich had by far the better of the game and deserved their win. They looked threatening throughout the whole match. Sean Cooke and Matt Bell controlled midfield and Callum Saunders and Danny Glover created issues for the Ferriby defence.
Nantwich played some quick passing football and capitalised on the gaps in Ferriby’s midfield and defence. This allowed Nathan Cottrell and Jamie Morgan to get forward from the back.
The Villagers had their periods of good play and frequently pushed Nantwich back during the game. However, the visitors were able to score goals that probably could have been prevented. They certainly did not have to work too hard to create them.
Town started brightly with Saunders heading straight to Lewis Exall and Bell wasting a good chance.
Nantwich opened the scoring after 12 minutes Sean Cooke’s low cost from the right reached Callum Saunders who finished clinically from close-range.
Saunders was causing a lot of problems with his pace and movement but Exall managed to block his shot when the striker burst through.
It was Saunders who was brought down, perhaps unnecessarily, by Exall allowing Danny Glover to score The Dabbers’ second from the penalty spot.
Ferriby did have periods of pressure but rarely threatened a goal, the closest being a Tom Waudby effort that was punched away by Nantwich keeper Fabian Spiess shortly after the opening goal.
Nantwich’s third goal from Stair seemed to have sealed the game for the visitors. It came after a corner kick was not properly cleared. The ball fell to Cooke whose shot was blocked but it fell to Stair who fired home.
However, Ferriby rallied and Tom Waudby headed home a Charlie Dunkerley corner after 35 minutes to give the home side some hope.
The second-half opened with Jordan Windass and Nathan Cottrell both had shots deflected for corners for their respective sides. Other that those efforts, the first 15 minutes of the second-half had little of note apart from a midfield fracas involving a number of players and a five minute halt due to a floodlight failure
When play resumed, Nantwich took control again and a good move saw The Villagers cut apart as Morgan and substitute Joe Malkin allowed Glover to scored in to an open goal. After 67 minutes.
Malkin probably should have scored but Exall thwarted him with a good save in a 1-on-1 situation.
As the pressure from Nantwich built, Windass cleared off the Ferriby goal-line and Exall produced two good saves to deny Cooke.
The game remained mainly one way but Ferriby’s James Williamson was unlucky to see a shot hit the bar. The Villagers did press in the closing minutes with both Williamson and Windass going close. Unfortunately for Ferriby, there was no further reward for their efforts.
Jake Martindale, Waudby, Dunkerley and Ales Wollerton all had good games for Ferriby. Dunkerley and Wollerton looked a good combination on the right-hand side and Waudby and Martindale worked tirelessly.
Unfortunately, the errors that have been prevalent this season are still there: hurried clearances, conceding space and unnecessary free-kicks to the opposition. Manager Paul Foot is well aware of the problems and so are his players.
Paul Foot was in something of a mixed mood,
“I’m obviously disappointed. I’ve been involved in three games now and we’ve let in 12 goals which is really disappointing. But week in, week out we’ve given them goals. I’ve just said to the boys in the dressing-room that they have to take some responsibility.
“Again, the performance right to the very end is pleasing. Looking at Nantwich being second in the league and us at the bottom, it is pleasing to see that we can compete with them. If you look at their three goals in the first-half we’ve just given them to Nantwich. They didn’t have to work very hard for them and that is the really disappointing thing.
“Alex (Wollerton) was outstanding at right-back and Tom Waudby, Jake Martindale and Charlie Dunkerley all had good games. Alex seems to be bringing the best out of Dunkerley. Jake perhaps needs a target man up front with him and that is something I’ll be looking at.
“Other sides seem to score after we’ve had a good spell in a game. I don’t know if that’s because we’ve switched off but it is something we need to address.
“Once again, we look beyond the result and take the positives. There were good individual performances and we were able to put another top-of-the-table side under pressure for parts of the game.”
In the end, this was fair result. Ferriby had little to complain about against a side that showed them how to finish and be more controlled all over the pitch.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Alexander Wollerton, Jordan Windass, Joe Lamplough (Eddie Rogerson 66), James Piercy, James Williamson, Charlie Dunkerley (Alex Knox 69), Tom Waudby, Lance Moyo (Jack Mail 45), Jake Martindale, Kent Bannister Subs not used : Ben Leyland, James Nichols
Nantwich Town: Fabian Spiess, Jamie Morgan, Nathan Cottrell, Joel Stair, Toby Mullarkey, Troy Bourne, James Lawrie, Matt Bell, Danny Glover (Clayton McDonald 90+4),, Sean Cooke, Callum Saunders (Joe Malkin 45). Subs not used: Jake Phillips, Joe Mwasile, James Hawkins