Retford FC VS North Ferriby
Retford 0 North Ferriby 0
By Mark Chestney
North Ferriby manager Chris Bolder is looking for his side to be more ruthless in front of goal having seen his side take a point at Retford in a 0-0 draw. Ferriby were disappointing in front of goal having created plenty of chances and the Lions share of possession but failed to find the back of the net.
“We did move the ball reasonably well at times and there were situations were we wanted players to come to the fore,” said Bolder.
“Today was just one of those games where if it happened it happened and if it didn’t it didn’t as we were in control for vast amounts of the game. What we have to have is more ruthlessness in front of goal to make it happen.”
The previous game at Ferriby earlier in the season ended also in a 0-0 deadlock so any team who took their chances could and should have gone on to win the game. However missed opportunities and great goalkeeping made sure the net didn’t ripple during the full 95 minutes played.
Retford were forced into an early substitution Gareth Davies was forced off to be replaced by Oliver Bilham. It was then Ferriby who had the first clear cut chance but man of the match Danny Emerton shot wide from 18 yards out.
The next chance also fell to the visitors when Tom Corner struck a header into the ground but went straight at Retford keeper Jon Kennedy. The goalkeeper was called into action again just before half-time when he kept out a Joe Dale effort.
Ferriby had yet another opportunity to score early in the second half when Ben Leyland went close but for another great Kennedy save. Retford looked for an ‘Rooneyesq’ opportunist effort from 50 yards but although Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall hadn’t been troubled during the game he was equal to the chance.
Bolder then tried to change things round with Eddie Birch coming on for Gary Bradshaw and Andy Taylor replaced Dale. However it was Exall who was called into action making another great save to deny the home side.
The Villagers continued to press as Birch fired in a shot which hit the post as another chance went begging. Retford tried themselves to change things with Paul Middleton coming on for Will Tomlinson and Martin Woodhead for Adam Scott, in truth it changed nothing.
Ferriby will now take their next step towards promotion with the rearranged game with Swallownest at the Dransfield Stadium on Tuesday night, kick off 7-45 p.m.. Reduced admission has been made available for this game with £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
Retford: Jon Kennedy, Pat Stutt, Haydn Goddard, Graeme Severn, Will Tomlinson, Thomas Burgin, Adam Scott, Liam Bennett, Matthew Robinson, Gareth Davies, Leon Larcomb-Loftus Subs: Oliver Bilham, Paul Middleton, Martin Woodhead
Ferriby: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, Jason Mycoe, Levi Tarbotton, James Piercy, Russ Fry, Joe Dale, Louis Kirk, Tom Corner, Gary Bradshaw, Danny Emerton Subs: Eddie Birch, Andy Taylor, Jordan Douglas, Jack Mail, Joel Shortland