9th Feb 2019 18:50:55 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
9 February 2019
North Ferriby United 0 Workington 2
Garry Thompson 42
Jason Walker 53
Ferriby’s woes continue on the pitch with this defeat to second-bottom Workington. This was a scrappy game and exemplified why both teams are propping-up the table.
There was little to excite the fans throughout the game but it was a valuable win for Workington. The Cumbrian side now has a good chance of avoiding relegation after a third successive win.
For Ferriby it probably destroys any hope of a miraculous ending to the season.
There was very little good football on show throughout the game. Neither side seemed to be able to string more than three passes together. Consequently, both defences were rarely troubled.
Workington deserved the win as they had more possession and territory, especially in the second-half. They were physically stronger in the tackle than Ferriby which meant The Villagers saw little of the ball. Even so, Workington still caused the home defence much consternation.
The fact that both goals came from set-pieces illustrates the lack of chances from open play. For Ferriby, it was also an all too familiar way to concede.
The first goal after 42 minutes saw Ferriby unable to clear a Conor Tinnion corner and Garry Thompson scored from close range following a goalmouth scramble.
Prior to that, there had been little in the way of goal attempts. Bothe keepers took one shot that hit was straight at them and Lewis Exall made a good diving save from Brad Carroll.
Ferriby never even went that close.
The clinching goal came after 53 minutes when man-of-the-match Niall Cowperthwaite’s nicely flighted free-kick found Jason walker unmarked in the six yard box and he fired past keeper Lewis Exall. Again, it was not unexpected that The Villagers should concede in this way.
Neither goalkeeper had a shot to save during the half. Workington’s attempts from distance were blocked by The Villagers’ back-four.
Ferriby’s Callum Harrison struck the bar with a free-kick after 75 minutes but that was the home side’s only real threat on goal.
Ferriby just could not get going as an attacking force. Nobody had a particularly bad game but there was a lack of sparkle in the team today.
Joe Lamplough is now Manager due to Paul Foot having to step down from the role due to work commitments. Foot will, however, maintain role at the club.
Lamplough was a frustrated man after the game,
“Players have put their hands up in the dressing to say that they know it was their mistakes which cost the goals.
“There wasn’t really a clear-cut chance in the match. It was a dead game really We shut the door on chances apart from the two goals.
“At times we are too nice on the pitch. We have to show more physicality and let opponents know they are under pressure. That is all part of our player development and it will come with experience.
“We will just go in to each of our remaining games playing for our pride as players and individuals and as a team.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Jordan Windass (Arrron Brettell 65) Josh Vickers, Ben Leyland, Jack Mail, James Piercy, Jack Smith, Callum Harrison, Niah Payne, James Nichols (Jake Martindale 65), Dan NicholsSubs not used : Isaac Adnitt, Jamie Waltham
Workington: Aaran Taylor, Matthew Douglas, Gari Rowntree; Daniel wordsworth, Sam Smith, Brad Carroll (Samuel Joel, 83) Jordan Holt, Niall Cowperthwaite, Jason Walker, Garry Thompson (Dean Brotherton 71) Conor Tinnion. Subs not used: Lewis Casson, Cameron Harker