North Ferriby VS Dronfield Town
North Ferriby 3, Dronfield Town 0
It was another full house at the Dransfield Stadium who saw North Ferriby dominate a 3-0 win over Dronfield Town. This win sees them have back to back home wins and have now moved up to sixth in the Northern Counties East League Division One table.
Ferriby led 2-0 at the break but it could have been more with chances created but not taken against a Dronfield side who offered very little in attack. It may have been a comfortable win on paper but there are still areas the side need to work on according to manager Chris Bolder.
“It’s kind of a strange feeling at the minute as if you had said to us before the game we would win 3-0, clean sheet, three points then we would have snapped your hand off,” said Bolder.
“The quality we have in the dressing room and the football that we play at times is exceptional and the players have got to make sure we get that clinical, that ruthless streak in us where, no disrespect to the team we are playing but we have to put them to bed.
“Once again we played some fantastic football in the first half we absolutely controlled the game and dominated the game but should be three or four up. We came out second half but after a slow start we have two great chances to score goals, this puts the game dead and buried.”
In recent weeks Ferriby have been guilty of late lapses in concentration which saw a late goal conceded in the 3-1 home game with Hall Road Rangers. It was then a 92nd minute goal which led to a 1-0 defeat in midweek at Emley and it could have happened again in this game.
Bolder added: “When you don’t score a team is always going to get an opportunity and we saw with another error of a misplaced back pass which could have gone anywhere. If that goes in at 2-1 it’s a different ball game altogether.
“It’s pleasing of course to get three points but we are far from satisfied. This is due to our own personal standards and what we expect to achieve but we will continue to work on things and this will lead to the right results.”
Dronfield started the game testing the Ferriby defence with long balls through the middle but which saw Levi Tarbotton and Niall Tilsley cope well. Laurence McKay was also an early entry in the referee’s notebook for a rash challenge on Town’s Matty Ord.
The Villagers were quick to respond and with it took a 1-0 lead through the impressive Louis Kirk who weaved his way through the Town defence. He cut into the area and put in a low shot which beat keeper Rob White at his far post.
Ferriby continued to press but Kirk should have done better with a shot at the keeper before Danny Emerton saw his effort cleared by the Town defence. Ben Leyland then went down in the area but penalty shouts were waved away before the Villagers doubled their lead.
McKay forced a corner which Jamie Forrester took and a great looping header from skipper Tilsley went in the top corner. But before the whistle blew for half-time Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall was called into action to punch away a dangerous ball from under his crossbar.
Dronfield continued their long ball system but it was Ferriby who created the chances with Tom Corner and Tarbotton both heading wide. It wasn’t until the 79th minute the game was put to bed when Leyland sent the ball into the area for a falling Scott Phillips to tee up Forrester for another unstoppable shot and 3-0.
Ferriby: Louis Exall, Ben Leyland, Luarence McKay, Levi Trabotton, Niall Tilsley, Iwan Heeley, Danny Emerton, Louis Kirk, Tom Corner, Jamie Forresterm Danny Buttle Subs: Joel Shortland (Kirk 67), Jordan Douglas, Scott Phillips (Corner 66), Gary Bradshaw, Leigh Hutchinson (Buttle 66)
Goals: Kirk (12), Tilsley (40), Forrester (79)
Dronfield: Rob White, Sam Bebbington, Charlie Stewart, Tom Gladwin, Alex Pugh, Tom Fairweather, Connor Chappell, Ethan Flower, Danny Wood, Callum Mawbey, Matty Ord Subs: Billy Wright (Mawbey 69), Nick Siddons, Massai Arbouin (Flower 67), Tawanda Rupere (Ord 69)
Referee: Adam Shimmin
Man of the Match: Iwan Heeley