Vanarama National League
17 April 2017
Barrow AFC 3 Noth Ferriby United 1
Jordan Williams 11 ReeceThompson 4
Shaun Beeley 41
Richie Bennet 42
This defeat confirmed Ferriby’s relegation from the Vanarama National League but they go down with pride.
To get as far as the 43rd game of the season before relegation is confirmed is quite remarkable for a club with Ferriby’s resources. The players deserve credit for their performances this season. Many people gave them little chance of gaining many points this season. However, the players have proved them wrong with some very good performances and results. It is also a testament to the managerial ability of Steve Housham and Darryn Stamp who forged a team from a disparate group of players in a very short space of time prior to the season starting.
Today’s result was a little harsh on Ferriby after an even first-half and a second-half in which they were the better team and pushed Barrow back for long periods.
barrow went close in the opening couple of minutes but it was Ferriby who went ahead after four minutes. Taron Hare’s long throw from the right came off Moussa Diarra’s head and left Reece Thompson with a simple touch-in at the far post.
The game continued end-t-end and Barrow equalised after 11 minutes. Beeley’s throw was back-headed by Diarra and Jordan Williams rose unchallenged to head in at the far-post.
Despite the game going and back and forth there was actually little goalmouth action at either end. Ferriby suffered an early blow when Jake Skelton was substituted after 16 minutes with a shoulder injury.
The Villagers were undone in just two minutes immediately before half-time. First won the ball just outside area and jinked past a couple of defenders before firing home. Second A mix up in defence 90 seconds later allowed Richie Bennet to score with a shot.
The Villagers did not really deserve to be two goals at teh interval. The big question was, “ how would they respond in the second-half?”
The answer was easy- with pride and determination.
Robbie Tinkler had a header saved and Sam Topluss had a shot blocked as Ferriby started he half brightly.
Ferriby were pushing Barrow back for quite lengthy periods, much to the dismay of the home fans. Connor Oliver drew a save from Jon Flatt. Oliver and Matty Dixon were controlling midfield. Sam Topliss was getting in telling crosses from the right. One found Hare whose diving header at the far post was well-save by Flatt.
The closest Barrow came to a goal was whn Mark Gray cleared a Williams shot off the line following a scramble in the penalty area.
Ferriby had a chance to pull a goal back after 83 minutes. Hare was fouled in the area but Oliver’s penalty came back off the inside of the post with Flatt beaten.
That pretty much finished the game and Ferriby’s slim survival hopes.
Manager Steve Housham was obviously subdued after the game,
“Of course it’s disappointing but I’ve told the players that I’m proud of everyone of them for their performances this season. We’ve competed well in most games.
“You can always talk about “ifs and buts” over a season. It’s frustrating that we’ve started to score more goals in recent weeks but we’ve also started to concede too many goals.
“The players have developed as individuals and as team over the season. The loss of the experienced players through injury has placed a lot on the shoulders of very young players but they have responded magnificently.
“We have two games left and the aim is maximum points to finish the season on a high.”
North Ferriby United
Owen Evans, Sam Topliss, Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton (Jordan Cook 16), Taron Hare, Connor Oliver, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon, Danny Emerton, Reece Thompson ( Sam Cosgrove 71)
Subs unused: Kojo Kyei, George Bell, Tom Bolton
Barrow AFC: Jon Flatt, Shaun Beeley, Nick Anderton, Danny Livesey, Moussa Diarra, Matt Platt, Alex Ray-Harvey, Paul Turnbull, Akil Wright, Richard Bennett, (Byron Harrison 84), Jordan Williams.
Subs not used:, Ross Hannah Lindon Meikle , Elliot NewbyJack Thomas