NFU 1 Stafford Rangers 2 (Evo Prem 18-19)

 Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Saturday 13 October 2018

North Ferriby United        Stafford Rangers
Luke Hinsley 35                 Sam Coulson 20
                                                  Jake Charles 83

This was familiar tale for Ferriby. The Villagers were left to rue missed chances and lost to a late goal that probably should have been prevented.

A stiff  blustery wind made the ball play tricks at times throughout the game but the players coped with it fairly well despite it causing some difficulty with judging high balls.

The first-half was end-to-end but neither side really gained control despite the efforts of Ferriby’s Luke Lofts in midfield and Rangers’ Theo Bailey-Jones. There were not many chances at either end.

Kyle Perry had a goal disallowed for off-side  before visiting keeper Adam Whitehouse did well to turn away the ball after a clearance cannoned off Ferriby’s  Luke Lofts from 18-yards.

Sam Coulson put Stafford ahead after 20 minutes with a 25-yard shot that hit a divot and bounced over keeper Lewis Exall. That really sums up the luck that Ferriby have been having of late.

Ferriby responded with a Jordan Harrison shot that was blocked before the deserved equaliser came.

Luke Lofts’ pass to Eddie Birch freed him to cross to  Luke Hinsley who picked his spot to head home  after 35 minutes.
With the half reaching its end, Exall produced an excellent reaction save to turn round a deflected shot.

Stafford had generally been stronger and quicker to the ball in the first-half.

However, Ferriby had the better of the second-half and generally offered the greater goal-threat. However, they were left to rue some missed chances.

Jamie Forrester did well to create space to fire a shot over the bar. A good attack saw Hinsley well-placed but his shot was  blocked. It rebounded to Birch who also had his shot blocked. They were good chances scorned.

Hinsley then headed wide before a Harrison shot was deflected for a corner from which Jack Mail turned the ball just wide of the post.

Lofts drew a one-handed save from Whitehouse.

The chances cost Ferriby dear as substitute Jake Charles scored the winner when he hammered home from eight-yards following a corner. It was harsh on The villagers as Stafford’s only other attempt in the half saw Exall produce another good save.

Manger Chris Bolder was very disappointed after the game,
“I don’t know how we have managed to lose that game. We were the better team for much of it, especially in the second-half.

“Once again, we missed good chances and paid the price for some sloppy defending.

“The players are disappointed. They know what is required of them but I’m still having to manage them from the touchline. That’s something that has to change and change quickly.

“Accountability and responsibility has to come from the lads when they are on the pitch.

“On the positive side, we had them worried virtually every time we attacked in the second-half and it seemed like there we were the only team that was likely to win.”

The outcome was harsh but it has become all too familiar and the players have to start turning it round.

NFU: Lewis Exall,  Dan Norton, James Williamson, Jamie Forrester,  Jack Mail, James Piercy, Jordan Harrison (Kent Bannister 70), Joe Lamplough (Eddie Rogerson 54),  Luke Hinsley, Eddie Birch, ( Alex Bannister 84), Luke Lofts, Subs not used : Alex Knox, Charlie Dunkerley

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Lewis Banks, James Askey, Josua Green, Sam Coulson, Elliot Green, Theo Bailey-Jones, Jack Sherratt, Kyle Perry (Izak Reid 69),, Harry Benns (Louis Briscoe 80), Joe Cuff (Jake Charles 59)  Subs not used: Morgan James, Morgan Bacon





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