NFU 2 Matlock Town 5 (Evo Prem 18-19)

Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Tuesday 2 October 2018

North Ferriby United  2     Matlock Town  5
Jordan Harrison 39             Craig Westcarr 11, 19, 84p
Luke Hinsley 45+1              Ben Clappison 58og
                                              Cleveland Taylor 65

This was a disappointing performance by Ferriby despite a really good final 15 minutes in the first-half which saw them pull back a two goal deficit to go in level.

The first ten minutes were scrappy and frenetic from both sides and it was something of a surprise when Matlock took the lead after 11 minutes.

Once again, it was a goal that came from a quick break by the opposition, a fact that manager Chris Bolder has been bemoaning in recent games. Ferriby lost the ball on the Matlock goal-line and the visitors broke quickly. It looked as if the attack had broken down when the ball reached Ben Clappison but he lost possession near his own area  and Craig Westcarr score from 12 yards.

Eight minutes later The Villagers were two goals down. Marcus Marshall was allowed to jink his way across the area before laying off the ball to Westcarr who scored his second with a low shot. The two goals were their only attempts on goal in the first-half. Marshall and Westcarr caused Ferriby problems all night.

Marshall and Westcarr caused problems all evening with their strength and pace. They were well-supported down the left by former defender Tom Davie and Craig King.

Ferriby struggled to compete for the first 30 minutes against a Matlock side that was generally quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge. Eddie Rogerson worked hard in midfield in an effort to stem the flow. Even so, for all Matlock’s pressure the two goals were their only attempts on goal in the first-half.

Ferriby  finally played themselves back in to the  game and they did so in style to eventually level the score on the stroke of half-time.

Ferriby’s fightback began with a Jordan Harrison at former Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant after 34 minutes. Four minutes later the scenario was repeated but this time Durrant fumbled the ball only for it to cleared.

Harrison got his reward on 39 minutes when he placed Eddie Rogerson’s pass beyond Durrant. Good work on the right wing by Harrison in added time saw Luke Hinsley equalise with a first-time near-post shot.

The half-time whistle probably came at the wrong moment for The Villagers who were well on top by this time and had Matlock on the back-foot.

Ferriby probably had the better of the opening few minutes of the second-half but  were stung after 54 minutes when a cross was headed-into his own goal by the unfortunate Ben Clappison under pressure from the Matlock attackers. Again, the goal probably could have been prevented but the Matlock player was allowed to turn in the box to put in the cross.

That goal lifted Matlock and they doubled their lead seven minutes later when Cleveland Taylor scored from 16 yards following a cross from the right.

This time there was no way back for Ferriby. The players worked hard but they could not manage one shot on target during the second period. The closest they came to a goal was a Harrison shot that went narrowly over the bar.

The final goal saw Westcarr completing his hat-trick with a penalty after Alex Knox tripped Graig King.

Ferriby’s misery was completed in the 90th minute when Clappison was sent-off for a second caution.

Manager Chris Bolder was very forthright after the game,

“This was another number of goals conceded from basics again. We’ve had it out with the players and they’ve had their say and we’ve had ours. We’ve got to stop making it easy for other teams and prevent them scoring easy goals. We don’t get that luxury.

“Other teams do the basics well and don’t give us the opportunities that we give them. Our ability to deal with the first ball tonight was poor. I’ll defend these players to the hilt because I think they’ve been phenomenal for me.

“As I’ve said before, for us to be competitive we’ve got to have six, seven or eight players who are at the top of their game, It’s no disrespect to our players but they are playing against better players so they’ve got to be playing out of their skin and everything has got to be going right for them. We saw tonight that we probably had seven players who probably had their worst game for a long time. If that happens, we get a result as we saw tonight.

 “Being positive, we showed great character to get ourselves back in the game but we have to be more consistent.

“Another frustrating thing for me tonight is that we’ve drilled the players into certain philosophies about how we want things to be done. One of them is playing the simple ball when we have it. We did that in stages tonight and we looked a different side. When we start to dribble and run with it and try to play a difficult ball we become very ordinary and look susceptible to the counter-attack.”

The crowd was a disappointing 144. With competition from a Hull City home game and live Champions’ League football on television a low attendance may have been anticipated. However, such a low figure does little for Ferriby’s finances.

NFU: Lewis Exall, Ben Clappison, James Williamson, Jamie Forrester, Jack Mail, James Piercy,  Charlie Dunkerley, Paul Robson (Alex Knox 65), Luke Hinsley, Eddie Rogerson (Joe Lamplough 65)  Jordan Harrison. Subs not used: Ben Leyland, Dan Norton, Kent Bannister

Matlock Town: Ross Durrant, Taron Hare, Tom Davie, Nathan Whitehead, Dwayne Wiley (Lee Beevers 45), Brad Beatson, Jordan Chapell (Jake Green 59), Cleveland Taylor, Craig westcarr, Marcus Marshall, Craig King (Jordan Lemon 88). Subs not used: Harry Vince, Alex Hurst


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