There was no winning start to the new year for Ferriby as York completed a festive double over The Villagers.
Everyone associated with the club will be hoping 2018 can be more successful than 2017 but today’s performance again highlighted the obvious flaws in Chris Bolder’s side.
The start of the game was cagey to say the least with both sides trying to impose themselves on the game. York looked threatening from set pieces with imposing figures like Jon Parkin throwing their weight around at every opportunity.
Both sides created some half chances with Ferriby trying to use Brett Agnew as an outlet up front. Ferriby looked shaky in possession but they had been defending well until the 30th minute. York took the lead thanks to that man Parkin who had the easy job of heading in a peach of a cross from the left. He had far too much space which will have been frustrating for Chris Bolder to watch from the sidelines.
Ross Durrant had to be on hand before the break to keep the score at 1-0 as York attempted to kill Ferriby off early. Durrant and his defenders stood firm and Ferriby went in a goal down at the break.
HT York City 1-0 North Ferriby United
To their credit Ferriby started the second half strongly and looked to attack York. The home crowd were becoming restless as they clearly expected a comfortable win but at `1-0 Ferriby were still in the game. Agnew ended a promising move started by new signing Alex Davidson with a tame shot straight at the York goalkeeper.
The game was now end to end and Durrant continued his David De Gea impression at the other end with two more superb saves while York also saw a shot cleared off the line by a Ferriby defender.
The game was effectively sealed for York when Jake Skelton was given a straight red card for bringing down Jon Parkin when he was the last man. The ball still ended up in the net but the ref had already blown for a free kick much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
Although Ferriby were now well up against it they almost equalised soon after the red card. Substitute Jerome Slew showed great trickery to cut inside his marker before unleashing a curling shot that crashed off the post. That’s just the way things are going for Ferriby at the minute.
York finally sealed the win late on thanks to a tap in from Parkin at the back post. It had been another spirited performance from Ferriby but it ended in familiar fashion, with defeat.
FT York City 2-0 North Ferriby United
So 2018 is off to a losing start and there will be more to come in the coming months as the club looks to slowly rebuild. No one can say the players aren’t putting effort in they just lack experience and some quality in the squad. Simon Russell is one of the few experienced players in the team and he ran his blood to water today. The team badly needs more players like him but it’s unlikely they will arrive any time soon.