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NFU 3 South Shields 0 (Evo Prem 18-19)

Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Monday 27 August 2018

 North Ferriby United  3  South Shields  0
Luke Hinsley 6,89
Jordan Harrison 45

This was an excellent team performance by Ferriby who ran out worthy winners. It was probably a result that not many were expecting.

Two goals from Luke Hinsley on his debut and a third from Jordan Harrison sealed the victory. Hinsley and Harrison played as joint-strikers and what a difference they made to Ferriby going forward. The Villagers looked a real threat going forward.

The strikers will probably take the headlines but they were back-up by a midfield that pressed South Shields throughout the game and by a keeper and back-five that remained strong and largely unflappable when under pressure. The visitors regularly made errors with hasty passing and lost possession frequently.

Shields were often forced to play back towards their own goal as they sometimes struggled to find an outlet up front. When they did get the ball out wide they looked a threat, especially through Josh Gillies.

Shields started well and pressed The villagers back for the first five minutes but they were stung after six minutes. A Hinsley shot was deflected for a corner which was taken by Jamie Forrester. The kick found Hinsley at the far-post and he powered a header beyond keeper Liam Connell.

Ferriby had the better of the half after thiswith Luke Lofts and Hinsley both going close.

Lewis Exall made a point-blank range save from Robert Briggs which was the only serious threat that the visitors had in the first-half.

On the stroke of half-time, Harrison doubled Ferriby’s lead. A poor clearance from Connell found Harrison and he lobbed the stranded keeper to find the net from 45 yards.

As expected, Shields came out after the interval looking to get back in to the game. They had most of the territory and possession but it was Briggs who had the only shot on target, an effort that was well-saved again by Exall. Other shots from Shields went high or wide as they were largely forced to shoot from distance because of excellent work by Ferriby’s defence and midfield.

The presence of Hinsley and Harrison up-front meant that The Villagers were able to hold-up the ball when it was played forward. This gave the defence and midfield something of a breathing space rather than the ball being immediately returned towards the Ferriby area.

With time running-out and Shields still looking for a goal, a quick and decisive break saw Charlie Dunkerley feed Harrison who had the vision and presence of mind to lay the ball off to the unmarked Hinsley. The striker made no mistake with a powerful low shot. It was a goal that steadied any nerves that Ferriby may have had.

Chris Bolder was delighted after the game,

“We believe in the players and we’ve created a mentality and a team spirit and they know what’s required and they buy in to it. The addition of Luke Hinsley made a difference today. Luke has experience at this level and we changed the system going two up-top and that provided a nice platform.

“It was an outstanding team performance and it built on the second-half display at Mickeover on Friday.

“We conceded possession at times but you are going to do that against an outstanding team like South Shields. They have some wonderful footballers and they’ve had it all their own way for  long time.

“We did what we needed to do in terms of controlling the game. It’s a fine line between managing a game and seeing a game out and being a little erratic and booting the ball aimlessly. There were glimpses of that but on the whole that didn’t happen.

“We were a constant threat form open play and set pieces. When we got the ball forward Jordan and Luke were ruffling feathers with their back-four. The third goal settled the nerves anf helped us see the game out.

“We set up a certain system and asked Williamson and Dunkerley to really put in a shift. The midfield three did a job and South Shields never really carved us up for all their possession at times. Like us, It was opportunities from set pieces or balls in to the box.

“Our finishing was good and we forced them in to errors to create our chances.  So definitely a very pleasing result.”

All-in-all, this was an impressive performance by Ferriby against a good and strong side that ought to be challenging for promotion at the end of the season.

Three well-taken goals and clean-sheet made for a more than satisfactory result.

NFU: Lewis Exall,  Ben Clappison, Charlie Dunkerley Jamie Forrester , Jack Mail,  James Piercey, James Williamson, Joe Lamplough (Alex Knox 73), Jordan Harrison,  Luke Lofts , Luke Hinsley (Kent Bannister 90)
Subs not used : Dan Nichols, Johnny Saltmer James Nichols

South Shields: Liam Connell,  Chris Hunter (Craig Baxter 45), Darren Lough, Phil Turnbull, Dillon Morse, Gary Brown, Daniel Wright (Joachim  Mouanda 55) Robert Briggs, Gavin Gogdon, Matty Pattison (Max Cowburn 73), Josh Gillies,
Subs not used: Blair Adams Brendan Pearson,

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