Evostik Northern Premier League
Tuesday 21 August 2018
North Ferriby United 0 Whitby Town 1
Dale Hopson 90+1
A goal in added time denied Ferriby a point but The Villagers could not really complain about the result.
Whitby were the only team that looked like scoring, especially in the second-half and so it proved in the end.
Ferriby worked hard in midfield and defence but had very little to offer up-front. Whitby keeper Jack Norton did not have a save to make and was rarely put under any kind of pressure.
Defences were largely on top in the first-half. Both sides worked hard in midfield to try to create chances but space was at a premium.
Junior Mondial for Whitby and Ferriby’s Luke Lofts looked the players most likely to create something with their skill and pace.
Whitby began to get on top in the final 15 minutes of the half but Ferriby’s defence was largely up to the task.
In the end the crowd had to wait until the 39th minute for the first on-target attempt on goal. Lewis Exall dived full-length to turn Mondial’s shot round the post. From the resulting corner Exall did well to get down and block Andrew Monkhouse’s downward header.
Those two efforts apart, both sides shooting was wayward to say the least and neither keeper really had much to do.
Whitby controlled the second-half and it was reminiscent of Saturday’s game at Marine.
Matthew Tymon and Greg Rutherford started to cause problems for Ferriby up-front. Town were generally that bit quicker to the ball and collected many of the second-phase ball.
Rutherford should have scored after 55 minutes. He met Danny McWilliams’ cross close-in at the far-post but headed straight at Exall who responded quickly to save.
Whitby continued to press and Dale Hopson hit the bar after 66 minutes with a shot that had Exall beaten.
For all their pressure, Whitby had few shots on target with Ferriby’s defence blocking a number of efforts.
As i the first-half, Ferriby did not really create good chances and the shooting from distance was wayward.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Whitby finally broke the deadlock. The Villagers conceded a rather unnecessary corner. The initial cross was blocked but the ball was played back in and Hopson crashed the ball home from around 18 yards.
Ferriby were looking rather tired by now and they were unable to find an equaliser.
Manager Chris Bolder was obviously disappointed at losing the game to such a late goal,
“Playing against strong sides you’ve got to accept that you’re going to be pressured on the first ball. You have to get it and put a couple of passes together to relieve the pressure. We got that slightly wrong tonight.
“It’s about learning from errors and putting things right.
“I don’t think we did enough to win the game but I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I think the game was there for the taking but we lacked that little bit of composure and quality at times.
“ On the positive side, we made far fewer unforced errors and conceded fewer free-kicks, especially in what we call the danger areas.
“We go to Mickleover on Friday knowing that we can improve. We will win games this season because of the spirit and attitude of the players.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Joe Lamplough, James Williamson, Jamie Forrester, Jack Mail, James Piercey, Dan Norton, Eddie Rogerson, James Nichols (Charlie Dunkerley 25) Luke Lofts, Kent Bannister (Alex Knox 60). Subs not used : Josh Walker, Johnny Saltmer, Ben Clappison,
Whitby Town: Jack Norton, Paul Rodham, Danny McWilliams, Andrew Monkhouse (Kieron Parnaby 64), . Kieran Weledji, Alex White, Adam Gell, Dale Hopson, Junior Mondial (Jassem Sukar 73),, Matthew Tymon, Greg Rutherford (Carl Lawson 90+3), Subs not used: David McTiernan, Cameron Wilson,