5th Jan 2019 18:38:19 by Phil Withers
Evostik Northern Premier League
5 January 2019
North Ferriby United 0 Marine 2
Chris Doyle 46
Liam Hynes 89
This was a vital win for Marine and one which left Ferriby more firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table. The Villagers are now 15 points from safety and as First team Coach Windass commented,
“ This was a must win game today and It will take a miracle now for us to stay up.”
The first-half was a scrappy affair with Ferriby having slightly the better of the game. They almost took the lead in the first minute through Jordan Windass but keeper Patrick Wharton saved his 35-yard shot just under the bar.
Wharton was the busier of the two keepers and made a very good save to deny Windass a second time, this time from a dipping free-kick.
Josh Vickers did well to get a shot in but it went straight to Wharton. After Wharton dropped a cross, Gary Bradshaw and Jack Smith both had shots blocked.
Marine offered little direct threat to the home goal in the first-half despite the efforts of Steve Irwin and Craig Carney in midfield.
Unfortunately, the second-half saw Ferriby’s all too frequent problems on display with sloppy goals conceded right at the beginning and end of the half
The second-half saw began with Marine scoring in the first minute. James Piercy blocked a Niall Cummins shot on the line and Chris Doyle hammered home the loose ball.
Marine were largely in control after this as Carney and Irwin continued to run the game from midfield. They set-up numerous quick counter-attacks. Marine were quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge. Charley Edge had a good game in defence for Marine to blunt Ferriby’s attacks.
Cummins missed a couple of good chances but it was a long wait for Marine’s second goal. Various efforts were blocked or were off-target as Marine pushed forward. That came in the 89th minute. An Irwin corner reached the unmarked Liam Hynes who fired home.
Ferriby came to life in the final 10 minutes but it was really too little, too late. Josh Vickers went close after good work by Dan and James Nichols and James Nichols twice went close.
This was finally a deserved win for Marine against a game but workmanlike Ferriby side. Callum Harrison put in a really good performance as James Piercy’s central defence partner. In fact, nobody had a poor game for The Villagers.
Windass had this to add,
“I thought we were the better team in the first-half. I can’t fault the players for effort. Today we were just cut short with two sloppy goals.
“The players know where they are at. We’re bottom of the league but they have to keep going to the end of the season.
“We’re lacking that bit of quality in the final third and that makes life difficult obviously.”
It is going to be a long run-in to the end of the season for Ferriby. Essentially, it is now a matter of playing for pride and trying to put a few more points on the board. Everybody recognises the almost impossible task of avoiding relegation but the team will not just lie down and be rolled over.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols, Jordan Windass (James Nichols 65) James Williamson, Callum Harrison, James Piercy, Ben Leyland, (Jake Martindale 40), Jack Smith, Josh Vickers, Gary Bradshaw, Leon Smith (Niah Payne 58) Subs not used : Jack Mail, Joe Lamplough,
Marine: Patrick Wharton, Sam Tattum, Charley Edge, Danny Shaw, Chris Doyle, Liam Hynes, James Murray, Steven Irwin (Michael Elstone 90+5), Danny Mitchley (Kenny Strickland 84), Niall Cummins, Craig Carney. (John Marsden 90+3) Subs not used: James Short, Germano Mendes
Star man: Steve Irwin (Marine)
Entertainment: 3 stars