NFU 1 York City 4 (NLN 17-18)

Tuesday 26 December 2017

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United     York City
Carl Stewart 48                Jon Parkin 19, 40, 87
                                                Jonathan Burn 45+1

Attendance: 1001

Ferrby paid the price for another poor defensive performance as York’s John Parkin gave a lesson in how to finish. The experienced striker’s finishing was clinical but he really should not have been given the space to actually get in his shots.

Ferriby manager Chris Bolder was visibly disappointed with his side’s defending,

“The frailties we’ve shown in the few games I’ve been in charge with the goals we’re conceding  are a recurring theme in and it is something we need to put right and put right quickly. It’s a case of going with runners when they have an overlap and then being aware of where the striker is.“

It is frustrating for Bolder as he is working with his players on the defensive issues and he is clearly right to highlight the problem.

Parkin’s first two goals were pretty much carbon copies of each other. The first after 19 minutes saw him lose his marker, Jake Skelton, about 12 yards out to hammer home David Ferguson’s low cross.

The striker’s second after 40 minutes again saw him drift off Skelton to hit Alex Pattinson’s cross past Ross Durrant.

To have been two goals behind at half-time would have been a difficult task. But worse was to come in added time

York’s third goal was another poor goal to concede. Defender Jonathan Burn was allowed to run unchallenged inside the penalty are to flick home Pattinson’s free-kick.

It could have been somewhat different because Ferriby did have two good chances to score through Carl Stewart. The first after five minutes saw Stewart run on to Jake Picton’s low through-ball but the striker fired just over with only keeper Adam Bartlett in front of him.

Stewart probably should have equalise for The Villagers after 29 minutes but somehow Bartlett managed to get a foot on Stewart’s shot as the keeper went the wrong way in a one-on-one.

The first 15 minutes had been fairly even but the goal gave The Minstermen a boost and they upped the tempo. They had a number of opportunities but did not actually trouble Durrant as most shots were off-target.

If Ferriby were to get back in to the game they needed an early goal in the second-half and that is exactly what they got. York got in a bit of a tangle in their penalty area and Stewart latched on to the ball to score his first goal for The Villagers.

The goal visibly lifted Ferriby but they found it difficult to make much in the way of chances. A break by Jerome Slew saw him feed Adam Bolder but his first-time shot from 18 yards was high. That was the last significant opportunity for Ferriby.

Any hope The Villagers had of salvaging anything disappeared after 87 minutes with Parkin’s third goal. A high ball was played in to him. He took it on his chest with his back to goal, swivelled and thumped in a powerful drive. Yes, it was a skilful finish from and experienced player but you Chris Bolder was, once again, left wondering where the marking was.

Bolder commented,
“We’re conceding territory and  possession. Teams are coming at us  because they know we’r e down there. It’s a matter of confidence for the team.

 “When we get opportunities we  need to be more clinical. We had the only one on one and  we could have changed the game if we’d taken it

“Both Harrogate and York are full-time and that makes a difference  in fitness level especially  where we’re going to be defending for long periods and towards the end of a game.Working full-time with players also means you can implement your tactics and philosophy. You get to know players inside out. We have to try to do that in a couple of sessions a week.

“Hopeful Brett Agnew  will take to this level. He has ability win to win tehball back and he has a physical presence. We need players to put in shift andwith his physical  endeavour he will do that

“ There were some positives from the game. At three goals  down we spoke at half time about the disappointing parts of the performance. We didn’t die in the second-half. We changed our shape and played two up front. This  left us a bit exposed at the back and in midfield a bit but we needed to do it even though they overran us at times. “

So Ferriby go in to the new year firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Nobody will giving up hope of putting a run of good results together but it is not easy to see that happening at the moment. There is a somewhat different feel at the club. The players are beginning to play more positive football and it will reap rewards eventually but that may be too late to salvage this season.       

NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Bobby Johnson (Brett Agnew 45) Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Callum Rzonca (Craig Nelthorpe 32),, Simon Russell, Carl Stewart (Luke Lofts 72),  Adam Bolder, Jerome Slew Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, Jamie Forrester

York City: Adam Bartlett, Josh Law, David Ferguson, Hamza Bencherif, Jonathan Burn, Adriano Moke, Ales Pattinson, Sean McAllister (Dan Rowe 88), Jon Parkin, Amari Morgan-Smith (James Gray 70), Aiden Connolly (Connor Smith 88). Subs not used: Daniel Parslow, Luke Simpson



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