FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

Nuneaton Town 2 NFU 2 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 10 March 2018

 National League North

Nuneaton Town   2                  North Ferriby United  2
George Green 5                                               Jack Mail 20
Daniel  Nti 44                                      Bobby Johnson 71pen 

Ferriby gained a deserved point with a hard-working performance at in-form Nuneaton Town. In some ways it was a rather strange game. The tempo was low key and there was actually little to get either set of fans that excited.

Nuneaton had more possession and territory overall throughout the game but they rarely created little more than half-chances. That said, Ferriby were grateful to some good saves from Ross Durrant and a couple of last ditch clearances from defenders. Even so, The Villagers could have won the game in the closing minutes.

The Villagers got off to a bad start, conceding after just five minutes. Ryan Beswick’s low corner found George Green unmarked on the edge of the penalty and his low shot through a crowd of players found the bottom corner. It was a lack of awareness by Ferriby defensively but The Villagers did not allow it to shake them.

Ferriby gradually played themselves back in to the game but is Daniel Nti who almost scored the next goal with a shot that hit the post. However The Villagers equalised after 20 minutes. Bobby Johnson’s corner was met at the far post by Jack Mail and his header went in at the opposite post.  It was a goal that Ferriby probably deserved at that stage.

Nuneaton saw a couple of shots deflected and blocked but Durrant was only really called in to action when he was alert to Nti breaking through and he was quick enough to take the ball off the striker’s toes.

Jamie Forrester and Johnson went close for Ferriby before Nuneaton mounted a sustained period of pressure just before half-time. Durrant fumbled a shot which was cleared for  a corner.

Nti put the home-side ahead after 44 minutes. A mix-up in the Ferriby defence allowed Nti to fire into an open goal. On balance, it was probably what Nuneaton deserved.

The second-half was still lacking in any real atmosphere. Ferriby had a more equal share of the ball and territory but still found Ashley Chambers and Nti a handful. Ferriby’s defence was solid with the midfield, whilst not at its best, performing comfortably in front of them.

Nuneaton, again had half-chances and Durrant made two excellent diving saves inside 30 seconds of each other to keep The villagers in the game. They came just before the hour mark and were the last real chances that Nuneaton had.

Chances for the rest of the game  fell to Ferriby. The equaliser folloed a defensive mistake by Town whicj led to AJ George, on his debut, break in to the area only to be brought down by Luther Wildin. Bobby Johnson kept his nerve to hammer the spot-kick past Ross Etheridge for the equaliser.

Jordan Harrison played well as the solo striker for Ferriby. He harried and hassled the home defence throughout the game. Johnson had another committed game in midfield.

Debutant Alex Bannister could have won the game for Ferriby near the end but his shot went high.

Manager Chris Bolder was happy after the game,
“ We knew would be up against it today. They are the in-form team at the moment. They’d only conceded only twice in their last three games. We may have rode our luck but, at the same time, you make your own luck. It was a pleasing result against the  form team

“We are now getting the minimum requirement with players coming off the pitch at the end of the game  being able to give no more.

“The goals we conceded were both disappointing. Each player has a responsibility at set-pieces and that responsibility was not taken for their first goal. The second was a poor mix-up and lack of communication.

“We now travel to Darlington next week with two unbeaten away games behind us. IT’s a fair reward for the effort that the players have made in both games and training in recent weeks.

NFU: Ross Durrant , Ben Clappison Jordon Cooke, Jamie Forrester, James Piercey, Jack Mail,
AJ George (Alex Bannister 83), Bobby Johnson, Jordan Harrison, Lewis Collins, Luke Lofts (James Nicholls 65)
 Substitutes not used: Jordan Deacey Lewis Exall

Nuneaton Town:  Ross Etheridge, Luther Wildin, Niall Heaton, Tom Elliott, Ryan Johnson, Kennedy Digie, James Ferry (Andre Wright 76),  ,  Ryan Beswick, Ashley Chambers, George Green (Adil Nabi  84), Daniey Nti  

Subs not used:  Kairo Mitchell, Dean Lyness, Joel Dieina,

 

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