FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

Blyth Spartans 1 NFU 2 (DSLCC 4)

Evostik Northern Premier League
Doodson Sport League Challenge Cup 4th Round

Blyth Spartans 1 North Ferriby United 2

A goal from Gary Bradshaw on his 400th appearance for Ferriby set them up for this deserved win. Anthony Wilson's late strike proved to be the winning goal and earned The Villagers a quarter-final match at Eastwood Town on 12th March.

Blyth struggled to create any serious threat in Ferriby's penalty area. Most of their attacks were snuffed out around the edge of the penalty area. Ferriby's defence dealt with any highballs that were pumped in.

Both side almost scored in the opening minute. Bradshaw saw his shot blocked and Blyth immediately counter-attacked. Daniel McQuire fired over from the edge of the area.

Ferriby were the more threatening and almost scored but Bradshaw's header from Ryan Williams' cross went wide. Oliver Banks then saw his hard low cross skim past the far post.

Ferriby almost scored after 19 minutes. Williams' low drive from 20 yards was parried by home keeper Craig Pickering. Liam king was first to react but unfortunately fired over the bar.

Jack Stanger tried a long range lob after Antoni Pecora and Paul Robson cleared the ball from the edge of the area. Pecora then parried Damon Pullen's 30-yard shot as Blyth tried to bring themselves into the game.

King was the next to try a long range lob with the keeper well-out of position but his effort was headed away.

The second-half opened brightly for Ferriby. Williams' 40-yard pass found Banks racing-in on te far side but his shot thundered off the post to safety. Ryan Kendall   went close twice. First, his shot on the turn went wide then he shot at Pickering after a good run.

Ferriby finally took the lead after 63 minutes. Kendall's beautifully flighted cross from the left found Bradshaw who flicked the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

Ferriby by and large tried to keep possession but came unstuck after 73 minutes. Lee Mason was allowed to cut in from the right touchline and he finished his run across the 18-yard line with a low shot that beat Pecora's despairing dive..

With the game seemingly heading for extra-time Wilson scored the winning goal five minutes from time when he controlled Nathan Peat's low cross to fire in to the top corner.

This was much better performance from Ferriby who controlled much of the game. Their passing was much improved and they played the ball around for large parts of the game to frustrate Blyth.

Ferriby manager Billy Heath with his side's victory, "We played much better tonight. We controlled the game for long spells and certainly deserved to win."

NFU: Antoni Pecora, Paul Robson, Steve Ridley, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Ryan Williams, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Kendall (Anthony Wilson 76), Oliver Banks (Nathan Peat 76), Non-playing subs: Chris Bolder, Paul Foot, Adam Nicklin,

Blyth Spartans: Craig Pickering, Phil Airey, Damon Mullen, Jack Stanger (Stephen Turnbull 61), Wayne Buchanan, Richie Slaughter, Lee Mason, Craig Hubbard (Tom Berj 59), Andy Jennings (Sam Hodgson 66), Daniel McQuire, Neal Hooks. Non-playing subs: Darryll Donelly, James Baxter

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