North Ferriby VS Hall Road Rangers
In front of a bumper crowd of 1139 the North Ferriby FC fell to a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Hall Road Rangers. It was a defeat that coupled with a 3-2 victory for Hallam, saw the Villagers drop to second place in the table. The Villagers handed a debut to Robbie Start who signed from Brigg.
The Villagers made a bright start to the game. Josh Whiteley saw a powerful header saved by Tom Macauley in the Hall Road goal. A ball over the top from Matty Plummer saw Whiteley through with a great opportunity but he saw his shot on the angle go wide of the post.
The middle section of the first half was a little quieter with Hall Road settling into the game a bit more. It was the last ten minutes of the half that was full of the action. It was the visitors who took the lead when Reece Moody fired past Lewis Exall. Good build up play from Rangers saw the ball end up at the feet of Callum Stone on the left hand side. He crossed the ball in low and Moody was there to give his side the lead.
The Villagers looked for a response and found it on the 40th minute. A shot from Josh Whiteley after a mazy run across the box hit the post and there was Jackson Jowett to poke the ball past Macauley.
The parity was gone just on the stroke of half time. A foul from Louis Kirk set up Chris Spinks to hit a free kick perfectly past Exall.
The second half was one of little chances and quality. The Villagers went in search of an equaliser but ultimately fell short.
Jamie Forrester had the first attempt with a free kick that went high and wide of Macauley’s goal.
Chris Bolder made a double change and brought Tom Corner and Danny Buttle. Corner went close with a header that went over the bar. Corner had another chance but his shot was straight at Macauley.
Jamie Forrester saw a shot deflected and Josh Whiteley had two great chances, first, a great save from Macauley and then second, his rebound went straight over the bar.
In the end it was frustration as Hall Road came and executed their game plan perfectly. They found plenty of space in behind with balls over the top and Reece Moody was a threat all afternoon. Former Villager James Piercey was commanding at the back for Hall Road which made it extra tough for Bolder’s side.
When asked to sum up his thoughts Chris Bolder said, “Disappointment from our point of view but well done to Hall Road I thought they came with a really good game plan and they did a number on us and coupled with our disappointing performance has allowed them to come here and take the victory today”. Bolder went on to say, “It’s gutting for all our fans who came to support the boys today and that we couldn’t match that same commitment from our fans today”.
Bolder was asked about his sides current run of form. It is now just one point in the last three games that the Villagers have picked up. Bolder said, “We are in a sticky situation at the moment. Pretty much every team goes through a wobble. The group of players we have are the group that got us to the top of the league and put in some great performances. They are players who have put in great defensive displays throughout the season so it’s not time for us to go into meltdown mode”.
- Exall 2. Plummer (16. Dennett)3. Start 4. Tarbotton 5. Tilsley 6. Forrester 7. Emerton 8. Kirk 9. East (12. Buttle) 10. Jowett (14. Corner) 11. Whiteley - Subs not used : 13. Douglas 15. Leyland