North Ferriby United 0 Spennymoor Town 2
Andrew Johnson 39; Mark Anderson 54
Ferriby may have lost this game against National League North Spennymoor but they were certainly not disgraced.
The game was played in a stiff wind which blew down the pitch throughout the game It is to the credit of both sides that they generally moved the ball along the floor rather than let the wind dictate the way in which the game was played.
The match was free-flowing and end-to-end but Spennymoor did eventually get on top and deserved the win.
The game was decided by two very well-taken goals either side of half-time. After 39 minutes, Andrew Johnson hammered home an unstoppable cross-shot in to the far top corner to give the visitors the lead.
Nine minutes in to the second-half Mark Anderson scored direct from a free-kick just outside the area when he managed to get his shot over the wall and it dipped into the top corner.
Taking the game overall, Spennymoor created more chances than The Villagers but Ferrby’s defence was generally solid under pressure.
Ferriby’s midfield kept probing forward with Luke Lofts, Joe Lamplough and Jamie Forrester looking particularly good.
The Villagers’ strikers did not have much opportunity to get in shots after the first ten minutes but they battled hard.
All-in-all, this was a good work-out for Chris Bolder’s squad as he and paul Robson begin to finalise the squad for the coming season.
Bolder commented afterwards,
“The first 30 minutes were particularly pleasing. Our energy levels and shape when we were in possession were up there and were really good. They (Spennymoor) are an outstanding team and will be up there this season. So for us to assert ourselves way we did inthe first 30 minutes was pleasing.
“Goals are probably the most important commodity for any team. If you look at first ten minutes we probably had shots on target from four different people. We’re not just looking for a number 9 to score goals though it is good if you have a 25 goal a season striker. However, we want the fluidity from players like Luke Lofts and Dan Norton or Jamie Forrester and we want goals to come from all over the place.
“I’ve wanted to improve the confidence of the players and have them not give the ball away cheaply. Some of the football we played today was very pleasing. We created opportunities to get out of difficult situations at the back or moving forward and creating good positions at the other end.
“Today was the first time that some of our lads have any real time against opponents of that standard and they did well. Overall I’m pleased with the performance.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland (Myles Lawman 73), Paul Robson (Jack Smith 73), Jamie Forrester (Younis Guari 63), James Piercey, Jack Mail (Dan Nichols 71), Danny Norton(Alex Bannister 76), Joe Lamplough Ben Lewis 63), James Nichols (Josh Walker 42), Eddie Rogerson Luke Lofts, Adam Bolder (Eddie Rogerson 58), Jordan Harrison. Sub not used : Johnny Saltmer