North Ferriby fall to there 8th defeat in 10 games. After being beaten 1-0 at home by Chester City through a goal from James Akintunde, With the sending off of Ben Middleton being the turning point of the game.
It was a bright start for the visitors who had the first opportunity of the game. with Craig Mahon blazing a shot over the bar from outside the area. Pressure was firmly on Ferriby before a quick turn of play and Kyle Wootton had a shot which went over, following a great ball into him from Topliss. Wootton was looking to impress in his home debut after his first game away at Macclesfield on Saturday.
It was then Ferriby on the offensive once again with a number of opportunities. Danny Clarke who had just returned from injury, put a drilled ball into the box but couldn’t find anyone, then followed by an effort which was an easy save for the Chester keeper Liam Roberts. Middleton received his first booking of the night only 12 minutes into the game which seemed very harsh indeed, this lead to Elliott Durrell’s freekick going straight into the hands of Rory Watson.
Ferriby then had probably the best chance of the game after 17 minutes. Clarke plays the ball into the area for Reece Thompson who gets past the keeper and only has to shoot to give North Ferriby the lead. But he takes too many touches to try and pass the Chester players who were closing in on him and the shot was eventually blocked. A real shame as this could of been the opener.
Clarke again was looking very eager to get on the score sheet with a ball in from Mark Gray being missed by Wootton in the area, before Clarke was laid off for a shot fizzing just wide of the post.
Despite the opportunities however, Chester were holding the ball well and were given too much room in the midfield to find and pick there passes. Durrell was given too much space just outside the ‘D’ and fired narrowly wide. Apart from that, no real clear cut chances for the boys in Yellow. They were all falling to Ferriby, Clarke again shooting in the 12 yard box pulling a great save from the goalkeeper. It was then followed by a Ben Middleton header which nestled nicely in the bottom corner of the net. This was before it was ruled out for a foul inside the Chester penalty area. This proved to be the last chance of the first half with Ferriby looking very much in the game after the first 45 minutes
It was again the visitors who started brightly and missed a sitter which could of given them the lead. Durrell played a fantastic ball into the feet of Ryan Astles who couldn’t put the ball into the net, despite being pretty much on the line. This was then followed by a fantastic Wootton header at the other end of the pitch which rattled off the crossbar. Another chance for the Villagers gone.
After this, Chester turned the screw, James Akintunde was having a fantastic game and was able to glide past Ferriby players with ease. He set up Durrell for a viscous shot from the right hand side which was well saved in the end by Watson. Again, it was Akintunde pulling the strings, but this time he ended up one on one and Watson dived at his feet and stopped the Chester striker in his tracks. Fantastic save.
Middleton was then given a second booking for a reckless foul which was fairly pointless to do. This left The Villagers extremely vulnerable and this was probably the nail in the coffin. Ferriby still had there chances with Russell and also Clarke having efforts straight at the keeper. But it was Chester who finally broke the deadlock and it was through that man Akintunde. A mix up in the Ferriby defence with two Chester players jumping for the ball alongside Mark Gray, it ended up falling to Akintunde who only had Watson to beat. Which he did with ease. A bitter blow for Ferriby but it was there own making unfortunately.
Once the goal went in, it was all about preserving the lead and Chester saw out the game by letting Ferriby attack more but having extra players back. This wasn’t before James Alabi put Chester through on goal again but it was fantastically put to a halt by Jake Skelton. We had one final decent chance after numerous corners. Substitute Vinny Mukendi tried an audacious chip in added time which just went over.
Another defeat for the Villagers but with the chances we created, we should be in fine stead as we continue into the season.
NFU: Watson, Middleton (Sent Off 66′) Gray, Skelton, Hare, Topliss, Oliver (Mukendi 84′), Russell, Clarke, Wootton (Kendall 77′), Thompson (Emerton 77′)
Chester: Roberts, Vassell, Hughes, Astles, Hunt, Durrell, Shaw (Joyce 46′), Lloyd (George 46′), Mahon, Akintunde, Richards (Alabi 66′)
Following Ferriby Man of the Match: Simon Russell.
Official Man of the Match: Jake Skelton