Ferriby crash out of FA Cup at the First Hurdle. 

Oh dear. Ferriby’s horrendous run of form continued today as they were beaten 1-0 by 1874 Northwich, a team 56 places and 3 leagues below the Villagers. This arguably is the worst result of the lot, since Steve Housham will have wanted the players to give the club something to smile about this season with a good cup run. 

Ferriby came into the game on the back of 3 straight defeats, in which the performance in each was awful. There has been a certain lack of fight and quality throught the season, and do not look like a team capable of competing at all. Housh will have been looking for a response from the incomprehensible 6-0 defeat at home to Spennymoor last week, which was arguably the worst performance of the season. It does though sound like today was just as bad. With the experience Ferriby have throughout their ranks, they should have been playing Northwich off the park! 

Ferriby started the game well, with Joel Ambalu winning an early corner, which was headed just wide. To be honest, this was probably the best Ferriby got all day. Northwich were dominant throughout the first half, with Ferriby’s defence of Jordon Cooke, Jake Skelton, Steve Brogan and Jake Picton holding firm. Ross Durrant was, as always, keeping Ferriby in the game, making countless fantastic saves. Simon Russell did manage to test the Northwich keeper after a good piece of build up play from Brogan and Hutchinson but, as per, the corner led to nothing. So, the first half was a pretty one, with both sides managing to neutralise eachother’s threats going forward. 

Half Time: 1874 Northwich 0-0 North Ferriby United 

The second half began with Ferriby losing some good pressure on Northwich, with Russ Fry, Jordon Cooke and Leigh Hutchinson linking up win a corner – I’ll let you guess what it came to. In this first part of the second half, Ferriby played quite well, taking the game to Northwich, which you would fully expect from a team 3 LEAGUES above. It was on the hour mark though where things began to go wrong. In the 62nd minute, Kyle Dixon was brought on to replace Russ Fry. Not a minute later, Ross Durrant was picking the ball out of the back of the Ferriby net after an own goal from, you guessed it, Kyle Dixon. I don’t think anyone has had a worse first minute after coming on in Green and White! Although Ferriby huffed and puffed to break down the Northwich defence, still no clear cut chances were being created, and the game eventually finished 1-0 to the home side. 

Full Time: 1874 Northwich 1-0 North Ferriby United. 

I really don’t know how Steve Housham is going to pick up his players from this. The only goal of this season now is to remain in the Conference North, and for a team recently relegated from the National League, that is quite frankly pathetic. Next week Ferriby travel to Edgeley Park to face Stockport, which is actually a place where Ferriby enjoy winning, having never lost there. This should therefore give Housh and his players a bit of hope for next week, but the bundle of straws ready to be clutched must be waning pretty quickly. 

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