North Ferriby VS Albion Sports
North Ferriby 3 Albion Sports 1
By Mark Chestney
A goal double from Scott Phillips helped North Ferriby to a 3-1 win over Albion Sports at the Dransfield Stadium on Saturday. It was a dominant performance from the Villagers who again took on a team from a higher division.
Ferriby led 2-1 at the break and really hit the ground running with a goal from Phillips inside the first five minutes. The ball broke down the right for Ben Leyland to feed Danny East whose slide rule pass saw a tap in for the striker, the other an East blockbuster, before Albion pulled one back.
Manager Chris Bolder was full of praise for his squad for this performance especially the amount of chances they created, despite only scoring three goals. Pre-season games can see some performances level out when substitutions are made but not today from the Villagers.
“The pleasing thing today is we created the chances, getting opportunities in and around the final third to try and convert them,” said Bolder.
“It is now a case of making sure we convert them in the future but our overall play from the full squad was top drawer today. I thought even when we made the changes toady we continued to control the game very well, on another day we could or would have scored a few more.
“In previous games when we have made changes it has seen us become very disjointed but this wasn’t the case today. We made a large number of changes in the second half and at half-time but this didn’t seem to affect us.”
Bolder was also in praise of centre forward Phillips who could prove to be a valuable asset in the weeks to come when he added: “We knew Scott was a good player and he is a good all round centre forward, a big lad who puts himself about. He holds the ball up ever so well, an intelligent football player who knows where to go and what to do and his finishing is excellent, who is going to be a great asset to us.”
Despite Albion being in the league above, the Northern Counties East League Premier Division it was the home side who truly dominated proceedings. Philips twice brought good saves from Albion keeper Oliver Brackenbury as did Tom Corner.
Fair play to the opposition who themselves tested the Ferriby defence with a few forays into the home half but without really troubling the defence. The closest they got early on was a clear cut chance for full back Jake Croft but he shot wide.
The second Ferriby goal came on 29 minutes when Corner provided the assist when he laid the ball into the path of Danny East who rifled the ball into the top right hand corner giving Brackenbury no chance. But just before half-time Albion hit back Sanchez Payne was fouled just outside the area for Ben McCready to power the dead ball into the roof of the net.
The second half started with Ferriby losing Jason Mycoe due to a head injury before both sides made a host of changes. The home side put the game to bed just shy of the hour when the ball was placed into the path of Phillips who poked the ball past the keeper for 3-1.
After this Ferriby piled on further pressure although Albion did give the home side’s defence plenty to think about. Ferriby substitute Gary Bradshaw went close and also set up Danny Buttle and Tom Oliver but they couldn’t add to their tally.
North Ferriby: Lewis Exall, Ben Leyland, Laurence McKay, Jason Mycoe, Levi Tarbotton, Iwan Heeley, Tom Corner, Jamie Forrester, Scott Phillips, Danny East, Danny Buttle Subs: Jordan Douglas (not used), Kieran McCaffrey, Gary Bradshaw, Niall Tilsley, Joel Shortland, Danny Emerton, Tom Oliver, Louis Kirk (all used)
Goals: Scott Phillips (5, 63), East (29)
Albion Sports: Oliver Brackenbury, Jake Croft, Jordan Chippendale, Javan Benjamin, Ben McCready, Danny Brown, Lamin Bah, Anil Singh, Sanchez Payne, Ryan Ferguson, Kieran Suddards Subs: Hassan Ali, Umar Zahoor, Majed Alasttal, Cedric Katasaumire, Zibani Mbire, James Shipton, Ben Kendal (all used)
Goal: McCready (40)
Referee: Matty Wright