Evostik Northern Premier League
Saturday 8 December 2018
Warrington Town 4 North Ferriby United 0
Jack Mackreth 25p;
Adam Hughes 29;
Jake Kirby 42
Jack Dunn 89
The result and the performance was an all too familiar story for Ferriby this season. As manager Paul Foot commented afterwards,
“I feel like I’m on repeat. It was a catalogue of errors again. Twenty-five minutes in to the game I thought we looked alright. We had a reasonable shape, not great, but reasonable. It looked like we might be going at half time nil-nil but then a mistake sees us concede a penalty. Another mistake gives them a second and yet another sees them go in three goals ahead.
“We’re then fighting a losing battle but we did do better in the second-half. We took the game to them and pushed them back. We were unlucky when Jack Smith’s header hit the bar. I’d have loved that to have gone in for him. He had a good games, as did Tom Waudby again. Even so, a fourth mistake sees them get a goal right at the end.
“We do work on tactics and defensive roles in training but the mistakes still keep coming. Players have got to learn to take more responsibility out on the pitch.”
The game itself was played on a heavy pitch but fortunately, the forecast heavy rain never materialised.
In some ways it was a strange game. Warrington only had four shots on goal and each of them went in.
Ferriby started the game reasonably well. They were competitive in midfield and the defence was rarely troubled. It was not until the 13th minute that Warrington had their first attempt on goal, a Mitch Duggan shot that was deflected for a corner. Shortly afterwards Tony Gray had a shot blocked on the edge of the area.
Jack Mackreth, Gray and Bohan Dixon were a threat to Ferriby but their efforts rarely came to anything.
The first goal arrived after 25 minutes from a Mackreth penalty after Lewis Exall upended Jake Kirby. Perhaps it was an unnecessary challenge but it was soft penalty all the same.
Four minutes later Ferriby were caught napping at a corner. A short kick allowed Mackreth to cross from the left and the unmarked Adam Hughes headed home from inside the six-yard box. It was a disappointing way to concede. But as has so often been the case this season, it appeared that The Villagers’ defenders did not know who was picking-up each opponent.
Ferriby were battling hard. Gary Bradshaw and Joe Lamplough’s experience was evident in midfield but The Villagers rarely threatened. Martindale worked hard up-front but Ferriby could just not put enough pressure on the home defence. That was unfortunate because Warrington’s defence did not look that secure when under pressure.
The game was decided after 42 minutes. James Williamson misjudged a Gray pass and Jake Kirby ran on to fire past Exall.
Ferriby’s only effort on goal was a Tom Waudby shot that went wide after 35 minutes.
The second-half left Ferriby with little to play for but pride, and this they did. They pushed Warrington back without really creating too much of a goal threat.
There was little of note on the goal attempt a front until near the end.
Exall responded quickly to clear from substitute Josh Amis as the forward broke through.
For Ferriby, Bradshaw fired a shot wide and Jordan Windass put a free-kick just over.
Jack Smith was unlucky when his header from a cross hit the bar and bounced away. It would have been some just reward for Ferriby for their attitude and effort.
The final goal in the 89th minute added insult to injury. A long ball saw Jack Dunn burst past the back-four to fire past Exall.
Ferriby could have little complaint at the result. They gave away too much possession and were out-muscled in challenges by a physically strong and street-wise team.
It was another lesson in seeing how mistakes at this level are punished by opponents. Ferriby get far fewer opportunities to score as opponents make far fewer mistakes.
It is difficult to see how Ferriby will kick-start their season. The same mistakes each game despite the time and effort that goes in to trying to eradicate them in training. The players are more than aware of what they need to do. However, they are often undone through a lack of experience. They are not always wise to the way in which more experienced opponents will seek to gain advantages in challenges. That is something that has to be developed quickly even though it is easier said than done.
With no scheduled game next Saturday, Foot has a fortnight to work with his players before the game at Hyde on 22 December.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Jack Smith James Williamson, Joe Lamplough (Jordan Windass 57), Dan Nichols, James Piercy, Tom Waudby, Luke Hogg (James Nichols 57), Jake Martindale (Charlie Dunkerley 57) Gary Bradshaw, Will Waudby Sub not used: Kent Bannister
Warrington Town: Joshua Tibbetts, Mitchell Duggan, Adam Hughes, Ben Garrity, Mark Roberts, David Raven, Jack Mackreth (Connor McCarthy 63), Robbie Evans (Jack Dunn 54), Tony Gray (Josh Amis 63), Bohan Dixon, Jake Kirby. Subs not used: Dylan Vassalo, Alex Whittle