Villagers tumble out of FA Trophy

Buildbase FA Trophy  
First Round Qualifying

Saturday 27 October 2018

South Shileds  4                        North Ferriby United   0   
Jon Shaw 14
David Foley 53, 66, 76    

Ferriby’s Buildbase FA Trophy hopes crumbled at the first hurdle at South Shields. The Villagers could have no complaints about the result after Shields dominated the second-half.

The home side also had the better of the first-half but did not find it that easy to break through Ferriby’s defence and midfield. The back-four were often caught out of position and Shields players were left unmarked too often.

Shields looked confident on the ball but were regularly forced to play backwards or sideways and often made unforced errors as Ferriby hassled them.

Gary Bradshaw and Jordan Harrison created some pressure on the South Shields defence but, unfortunately, they were presented with few scoring opportunities. Harrison had an early effort blocked on the 18-yard line before Shields gave warning of what was to come.

A Josh Gillies corner was headed wide by the unmarked Jon Shaw at the far-post. Ferriby did not take heed of that and just two minutes later another Gillies corner found Shaw, again unmarked, and he headed home firmly to give Shields the lead.

Ferriby debutant Tom Waudby hit a shot at home keeper Liam Connell following a good run. That was the only on-target effort The Villagers had until close to the end of the match.


South Shields upped the tempo and  Blair Adams hit the crossbar and as a rebound shot came in, Lewis Exall saved with his legs.

As the pressure mounted, Lee Mason headed just over the bar and David Foley dragged a shot wide. Foley was not having much luck in this half as he saw a deflected shot well-saved by Exall

A flying save from Exall prevented a second-goal then he produced an amazing point-blank save to deny Gillies and, it seemed, keep Ferriby in the game.

The second-half was almost one way traffic. Exall produced a stunning save from Foley and the same player hit the post in the first two minutes. However, Foley was not to be denied for long.

Foley scored Shield’s second  goal with an overhead kick from 18-yards  on 53 minutes and that sealed Ferriby’s fate.

Blair Adams twice went close with Exall blocking one shot and another going just over the bar.

The pressure was always likely to bring another goal and it came after 66  minutes. It  was a tap in by Foley but both he and Robert Briggs appeared off-side in the build-up. The final goal saw Foley complete his hat-trick with a tap in after Exall parried a cross to him.

The Villagers only effort on goal came from a Jack Smith shot that went straight to Connell and which he held comfortably.

Ferriby did work hard but they were outplayed and out-thought by a team that was confident on the ball and which had the capacity to play itself out of trouble when necessary.

In the end, this was a comfortable win for Shields that left Paul Foot in no doubt of the task ahead of him,

“What I saw today is what I’ve been told has been happening all season. It was men against boys out there. We lack experienced players on the pitch and I’ll be looking to bring some in.

“The back-four was all over the place and we left too many spaces all over the place. Joe [Lamplough, assistant manager] both lost our voices shouting at players to do certain things. The players have got to learn to talk to each other on the pitch and make each other aware of what is happening.

“The first goal is a good example of the lack of experience. They were too inexperienced to pick p on what had happened a couple of minutes earlier. They should have got tighter.

“My job is big and part of it is to get out there and bring in some experience, but it has to be the right experience. To come in and do the job.

“I want us to put balls over the top and put pressure on other teams and squeeze it up. That didn’t really happen today.

“The players have got to get used to playing with an experienced like Gary [Bradshaw]. I want them to squeeze-up but because they have been losing most weeks they are worried about squeezing-up and conceding goals. I’ve got to get that belief in them. When we did it towards the end, the ball was going through to Lewis [Exall].

“The players have got to learn to talk to each other on the pitch. They are young boys and I don’t know if they’ve really been taught how to do that but it’s something we will be working on. If another player has told them to do something then they need to taking notice of that and acting on it.

“We’ve got a big job to do over the coming months. It won’t be easy  but we’ll all be having a good go at it.”

NFU: Lewis Exall,  Dan Norton, Ben Leyland (Jack Smith 70), James Williamson, James Piercy, Jack Mail, Alexander Wollerton, Eddie Rogerson (Alex Knox 72),, Jordan Harrison, Gary Bradshaw (Charlie Dunkerley 75), Tom Waudby. Subs not used : Dan Nichols, Jake Martindale 

South Shields: Liam Connell,  Craig Baxter, Blair Adams Jon Shaw,  (Darren Lough 45), Dillon Morse, Phil Turnbull, Nathan Lowe, Robert Briggs, Lee Mason (Callum Guy 77), Josh Gillies (Ben Harmison 63), David Foley. Subs not used: Gary Brown, Ursene Mouanda






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