NFU 1 Stockport County 3 (NLN17-18)

Saturday 7 April 2018

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United  1               Stockport County   3         
Lewis Collins 41                                 Jason Oswell 8; Matthew Warburton 38, 77          

Stockport maintained their play-off push with a sixth consecutive win. They deserved the victory and probably should have won by a bigger margin. However, they were made to work for the win by a game Ferriby side.

Ferriby actually started the better of the two sides forcing an early corner from which Lewis Collins volleyed narrowly wide. The Villagers continued to push County back.

However, they weathered Ferriby’s early threats before taking the lead with their first goal attempt after eight minutes. Rhys Turner’s run and  cross from the left was turned at the near-post by Jason Oswell.

Both full-backs Dan Cowan and Scott Duxbury had shots saved by Ross Durrant as the visitors put on some pressure.

It was Bobby Johnson, though who came closes to the next goal. His low shot was just touched on to the post by visiting keeper Ben Hinchliffe. It was a reminder to Stockport that this game was far from over.

Adam Thomas and Turner continually caused problems on the wings and with Oswell and Matthew Warburton a threat up front, it was a torrid afternoon for Ferriby’s young and inexperienced defence. That said, the back-four acquitted themselves well.

The game continued end-to-end but County always looked the more threatening. They doubled their lead after 38 minutes when Matty Warburton curled in a free-kick from the edge of the area. It was well-struck but the free-kick itself was given away rather needlessly.

If Stockport thought Ferriby would crumble they were shocked just three minutes later. Good play between James Nichols and Lewis Collins ended with the latter scoring from close-range.

County dominated the second-half  and went close on a number of occasions. Durrant made two good saves from Thomas and Michael Clarke either side of the third goal.

That came in  the 77th minute when Jimmy Ball fed Warburton  who rounded Ferriby Durrant to score the clinching goal from a narrow angle. All of County’s goals showed how to finish clinically.

That goal settled County’s nerves to some extent because at times they had looked nervous and edgy with just a one goal lead. They played-out the rest of the game quite comfortably.

Ferriby’s midfield, especially Collins and Johnson battled well throughout the game and certainly let Stockport know they were in a game, James Nichols had another good game as a lone striker and made life uneasy for the visiting defence.

Manager Chris Bolder commented,
“I think for certain parts of the game we were very competitive. In some  elements of  the game we are still making fundamental mistakes. We’ve spoke in the dressing room about this and what is required at this level of football.

“At this standard of football you come up against some very good and intelligent players. There were certain things we could have done to prevent individual goals. We started well and conceded a sloppy goal then gave away a needless free-kick.


“Being positive, we were very competitive for large sections of the game. If we could have held out longer at 2-1 we my have got something.  I think they knew they were in a game. Don’t get me wrong, they had a few chances and hit the bar. They caused us lot of problems on set pieces but in open play they didn’t cut us open too often.

“At times we caused them problems but it didn’t always work.”

NFU:  Ross Durrant, Jack Smith (Charlie Dunkerley 70) Jack Walters, Paul Robson, James Piercey,  Jack Mail,  Jordan Harrison, Bobby Johnson, James Nichols (Jordon Cooke 64), Lewis Collins, Luke Lofts (Alex Bannister 17)
Substitutes not used: Jamie Forrester, Lewis Exall,

Stockport County: Ben Hinchliffe, Dan Cowan, Scott Duxbury,  Harry Winter,  Michael Clarke, Jamie Stott, Adam Thomas (Steve O’Halloran 86),, Jimmy Ball,  Jason Oswell, Matty Warburton, Rhys Turner (Paul Turnbull 54)
 Subs not used: Ian Ormson,  Chris Smalley, Darren Stephenson

Attendance:  490


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