Well, that was dreadful. And by dreadful, I mean DREADFUL. A Sunday league team would’ve beaten Ferriby today. Brackley Town proved far stronger and showed more desire as they put Ferriby to the sword in a 5-0 whitewash.
The first half wasn’t too bad from Ferriby’s point of view, with Alberto making good runs in behind the Brackley defence, with Curtis Bateson also enjoying freedom down the wing. However, the main problem still remained – the defence. The gaps between Jake Skelton and Jordan Cooke were humongous with Full back Ross Barrows having an absolutely torrid time against the fantastic Glenn Walker down the right hand side, which ended in Barrows being brought off in the 40th minute.
Ross Durrant made a string of crucial and fantastic saves throughout the first half, but could do nothing when, from an inswinging corner, centre half Luke Graham utilised the copious amounts of space in the Ferriby box to head home unmarked for the first goal of the game. To be honest, Ferriby found themselves lucky to be only 1-0 down at half time.
The second half was where the capitulation started. At 1-0, you are always in with a chance of getting yourselves back in the game – but in order to do that, Ferriby had to improve all over the park. They had to be stronger, better on the ball, and needed to provide an attacking outball instead of hoofing the ball at every opportunity. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
The defending was just as calamitous as it was in the first half, with the ball remaining to be hoofed and the gaps staying miles wide. Not only that, but the attacking prowess still remained clueless, with not one player being able to get their foot on the ball and direct any sort of football. The barriers were broken in the 71st minute when Steve Brogan clumsily fouled the Brackley attacker in the box to allow James Armson to score his first of the game to make it 2-0. Just 5 minutes later, Armson made it 3-0 after some good build up play down the right hand side allowed the ball to be tucked back to let him score. He completed a 13 minute hat trick in the 84th minute, capitalising on some more shambolic defending. The onslaught finally ended on the 86th minute when Armson hit his fourth, to end a dismal day for the Villagers.
One player that is so important to Ferriby is Ross Durrant. If it wasn’t for him, Brackley would’ve won that game 8 or 9 nil today, pretty comfortably. People may make the argument that the season is only 3 games old and the squad needs time to gel, but after an 11 game pre season, you would think the signs would begin to show. Nothing. Something needs to be done, and fast.