Evostik Northern Premier League
Tuesday 1 January 2019
South Shileds 6 North Ferriby United 2
Gary Brown 6 Josh Vickers 69, 78
Lee Mason 35, 47
Carl Finnigan 60
Robert Briggs 66
Nathan Lowe 90
It has been a miserable festive season for Ferriby. Three defeats have left The Villagers firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and it is hard to imagine climbing away from the relegation positions. To do that probably requires them to stay unbeaten for the rest of the season. On today’s performance that does not seem likely.
It was always going to be at difficult task at South Shields against a side that had won its ten previous home games and which had conceded just five goals. The fact that Ferriby score two against them was probably the most positive thing to come from the game as far as The Villagers are concerned. Even so, Ferriby were five goals in arrears by that point.
The Villagers were on the back foot from the beginning of the match until the very end. The first goal came after just six minutes when Gary Brown was allowed to rise unchallenged to head home. Brown, nominally a right-back, had a tremendous game. He had little to do defensively and was a constant threat marauding down the right. He was unlucky to score just the one goal.
For all their pressure and efforts, mostly long-range, on goal Shields did not find a second goal until the 34th minute. Lewis Exall did well to block Robert Briggs but the ball rebounded to reach Lee Mason who scored from close-range with the Ferriby defence really nowhere to be seen.
Any hopes The Villagers had of pulling the game back in the second-half were destroyed just two minutes in. Brown’s low pass in to the six-yard box was tapped home by Mason.
Ferriby were continually chasing Shields in midfield. The Mariners always seemed to have players available to receive passes. They were quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge. Substitute Carl Finnigan scored the fourth after 60 minutes before Briggs scored the best goal of the game with a 25-yard free-kick that curled over the wall.
Josh Vickers scored two goals in nine minutes to give The Villagers some pride and the score-line a little bit of respectability.
However, Nathan Lowe completed the scoring when he ran unchallenged through midfield before hitting home allow shot through a crowded area.
Assistant manager Joe Lamplough was rather lost for words after the game,
“We were naïve with our defending today and that cost us. They are a very good side and you cannot afford to conced goals like we did today.
Again, the players their commitment and effort but that on its’ own is not enough. I suppose the onr real positive was scoring twice against a very mean defence.”
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols, Leon Smith, Joe Lamplough (Ben Leyland 76), Callum Harrison, James Piercy, Jake Martindale, James Williamson, James Nichols, Jordan Harrison, Josh Vickers Subs not used: Johnny Saltmer, Scott Lofas, (Charlie Dunkerley 75), Jack Mail,
South Shields: Liam Connell, Gary Brown, Blair Adams, Jon Shaw (Darren Lough 67),, Dillon Morse, Phil Turnbull, David Foley. Robert Briggs (Ben Harmison 75), Lee Mason (Carl Finnigan 58), Josh Gillies, Nathan Lowe Subs not used: Craig Baxter, Ursene Mouanda,