Ferriby went down to a 1-0 defeat at Macclesfield but the result wasn’t without its controversy. Here are the main talking points from the game.
When your luck’s out…
It’s quite often said in football that when you’re at the bottom you don’t get the bounce of the ball or 50/50 calls and that was evident on Saturday. The referee’s decision to award the home side a penalty after Mark Gray seemed to have clearly won the ball was a baffling one and ultimately cost us the game. There weren’t even huge appeals from the home support but the ref made the call and it cost us. Then late in the game new signing Kyle Wootton struck the crossbar when he hit a shot on the turn inside the box. That summed the day up for Ferriby we just didn’t get the bit of luck we needed to get something from the game.
Learning to play against 10
Saturday was the second time in recent weeks that Ferriby’s opposition have been reduced to 10 men in the first half and on both occasions Ferriby have gone on to lose. This is slightly worrying because it shows that we are struggling to break teams down when they are forced to sit back and defend against us. A few chances were created and Wootton was unlucky to hit the bar but failure to break down a resolute 10 man Macclesfield ultimately cost us.
After conceding a fair few goals early in the season the Ferriby defence is beginning to adapt to this league and they are keeping the opposition at bay a lot of the time. The defence was changed a lot in the first few games as Housham had to decide on his best defensive unit whilst battling injuries. Now he has a more settled unit we are starting to look more comfortable in games. Mark Gray is having a fantastic season as is Taron Hare and if they keep playing like this it will give us a good chance of picking up points. If we can start firing at the other end it looks like the defence will be able to cope and win us games.
Don’t fear the big boys!
Macclesfield sat 3rd in the table going into the game and the visiting villagers were 21st but if you watched the game as a neutral you wouldn’t have known which team was going for promotion and which was scrapping to survive. Other than the controversial penalty to try and save Rory Watson in the Ferriby goal had very little to do as our defence looked comfortable. Macclesfield did have ten men for large periods of the game but Ferriby played very well and showed they can be a menace to the bigger sides in this league. The new strike force of Thompson and Wootton has pace in abundance and both look like tricky players that will worry most defences in the National League. So hopefully despite the defeat Steve Housham can instil some belief into his players that they can be successful against the top sides in this division.
Late on Friday Ferriby completed the loan signing of striker Kyle Wootton from Scunthorpe United. This immediately looks like a good piece of business by the club as Wootton was impressive on his debut at Macclesfield. His pace and trickery was evident all game and he was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions especially when he hit a shot on the turn that crashed against the crossbar and away to safety. He deserved that goal but that’s just our luck at the moment. Hopefully he can open his ferriby goal account on Tuesday at home to Chester.