Stockport County 4 NFU 1 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 23 September 2017

 Vanarama National League North

Stockport County  4          North Ferriby United   1
Jason Oswell 30, 47;         Darnelle-Bailey-King 46
Sam Minihan 39
Scott Duxbury 57

Despite the result and scoreline , this was a much better performance from Ferriby compared to recent games.

The Villagers had a much more positive approach and regularly threatened the home goal. Debutants Mason Warren and Kuda Muskwe had good games.  Warren was assured in defence, playing at left back in the first-half and right-back in the second. His tackling, distribution and positional play were good.

Muskwe linked well with Darnelle Bailey-King up-front and the pair caused problems for Stockport’s defence with their pace and strength.

To be honest, County probably made as many mistakes as Ferriby but the difference, and hence the result, was in finishing.
 Bohan Dixon drew a great flying save from Ross Durrant after 13 minutes and four minutes later Durrant did well to block a shot from Sam Walker. Two minutes later Durrant held a low shot.

Ferriby weathered this early storm. Curtis Bateson drew a save from Ben Hinchliffe. Muske thought he had equalised with a shot from the corner of the penalty area but Hinchliffe produce a great flying one-handed save to turn the ball for a corner.

The Villagers were stung after 30 minutes when County scored somewhat out of the blue after 30 minutes. A short throw and a low cross into the crowded goal area was touched home by Jason Oswell.

Bateson twice went close to a goal before County doubled their lead after 39 minutes. Adam Thomas floated in a free-kick that was punched away by Durrant. The ball fell to Walker and with most of Ferriby’s defence at the near-post, Sam Minihan headed in unchallenged at the far post.

Two-nil down at half-time was a little harsh on Ferriby. They could have taken the lead and they could have equalised/ Instead, they were punished for two fairly basic defensive lapses.

This Ferriby side had far more spirit today and this was obvious immediately after half-time.  Muskwe’s pass from the right found Bailey-King and his shot from 18 yards flew past a flying Hichliffe to reduce the deficit.

It was a relief to see Ferriby score, and this against a side that had had four successive clean-sheets at home.

The joy was short-lived as County scored within two minutes. Adam Thomas cut in along the goal=line from the left and his low cross found Oswell in the six-yard box for a simple goal.

The game was largely over after 57 minutes, A high ball to the edge of the area led to a mix-up between Mark Gray and Durant. The ball fell to Scott Duxbury who placed the ball in to an open goal.

County finished the game on top but credit to Ferriby for such a positive response. Results will come if they can continue with today’s positive approach,

Russ Fry, Simon Russell and Bobby Johnson worked tirelessly in midfield. With the ball being played-out more from the back, The Villagers were able to reduce pressure on their own defence whilst creating problems for Stockport.

Manager Steve Housham was in a mixed mood after the game,

 “We played better than we have done in recent weeks. We created opportunities, as many as Stockport. Against that we gave away four poor goals from a defensive point of  view.

We showed that we have players with the ability to compete at this level, We now need to focus on consistency and reducing errors. “

NFU:  Ross Durrant , Jordan Cooke (Steve Brogan 45),, Warren Mason, Bobby Johnson,  Jake Skelton, Jake Picton (Mark Gray 45),, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson, Kuda Muskwe, Russ Fry, Darnell Bailey-King (Joel Ambalu 61)  

Substitutes not used: Kyle Dixon Callum Rzonca


Stockport County: Ben Hinchliffe, Sam Minihan, Scott Duxbury, Dan Cowan, Chris Smalley, Steve O’halloran, Adam Thomas (Ben McKenna 79),, Sam Walker, Jason Oswell, Gary Stopforth  (Jimmy Ball 61),  Bohan Dixon (Matty Warburton 61)
 Subs not used: Connor Hampson, Dane Smith,

Attendance:  3071

Ferriby have no game next Saturday. There next game is at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Saturday 7 October when FC United of Manchester are the visitors.

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