It’s going to be a very long season for North Ferriby United. Another game and another heavy defeat today as their unbeaten record at Stockport’s Edgeley Park was ripped to shreds. Steve Housham welcomed two new signings into his squad today, Mason Warren and Kuda Muskwe both arrived from Rotherham and went straight into the starting line up along with recent acquisition Darnelle Bailey-King.
It was a relatively quiet start to the game with the home side having a succession of corners without really threatening Ross Durrant’s goal. Ferriby’s first chance came from a Curtis Bateson shot that was parried away. Muskwe was looking bright on his debut and he forced a save from the County keeper but Ferriby were soon punished once again for not taking their chances.
Jason Oswell scored his tenth goal of the season in the 30th minute when he flicked home a cross from Steve O’Halloran. This was a blow for Ferriby who had been well in the game until that point. Ferriby didn’t let their heads drop though and Curtis Bateson was soon back in the action as he saw another two shots saved.
The ball just won’t go in the net for Ferriby and they were once again punished in the 39th minute when Sam Minihan doubled the home sides lead. He headed home a cross from the left at close range to make it 2-0. Stockport were now on top and controlled the game until half time.
Half Time Stockport County 2-0 North Ferriby United
Ferriby made the perfect start to the second half as Darnelle Bailey-King hit s great strike past the Stockport goalkeeper to reduce the deficit to 2-1. What happened in the next 60 seconds though summed Ferriby up this season. No sooner had Ferriby found a lifeline the game was gone again.
Jason Oswell got his second goal of the game in the 48th minute. The Stockport winger was allowed to roam the full length of the touchline before finding a cross that was met by Oswell who made no mistake from close range. 3-1
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Steve Housham’s side and in the 56th minute the result was put beyond any doubt by Scott Duxbury. Duxbury got his first goal of the season as he challenged Ross Durrant for a high ball, nodded it down and tapped home to secure the three points for County. 4-1
Stockport controlled the game from then on and looked the most likely to score again. The last twenty minutes were relatively quiet though and County saw the game out easily to signal another heavy defeat for Ferriby.
FT Stockport County 4-1 North Ferriby United
Ferriby looked better in patches today than they have done recently but the reality is they have shipped four goals again and are becoming rooted to the bottom of the table. They are six points adrift already and are without a win in 9 games so it’s certainly not looking good.
Housham will look to take some positives from today as he prepares his side to face second from bottom FCUM in their next league match. That one is must win!