Vanarama Conference North
Boston United 0 North Ferriby United 1
Scorers: NFU: Zak Mills (own goal) 19
Ferriby go top of the Vanarama Conference North table following a superb 1-0 win at previously unbeaten Boston United.
The Villagers gave a thoroughly professional performance, especially in the second-half, and fully deserved the victory.
Jon D’Laryea was man-of-the-match following a brilliant display in which he ran the midfield. He won tackles, picked-up loose balls and interceptions and started many of Ferriby’s attacks.
However, the whole team produced an outstanding performance and Boston struggled to create any serious threat. Manager Billy Heath made two changes in defence with Danny Hone and Mark Gray getting their first starts of the season. Russ Fry also started in the place of the injured Dan Clayton.
The defence and midfield were solid for most of the game. A few lapses in the first-half helped Boston press forward bt they offered little real threat. Adam Nicklin made a good double save from Dayle Southwell after 21 minutes.
However, The Villager were already ahead by this point. Nathan Peat’s cross found Tom Denton. The striker headed goalwards and Boston defender Zak Mills flying header flew in to the goal with home keeper Matt Gledhill now going the wrong way.
Danny Emerton was causing problems down the right. On 27 minutes his astute low pass found Fry who turned a defender before laying the ball off to D’Laryea whose shot was wonderfully pushed over one-handed by Gledhill.
As the half closed, Boston managed two weak attempts on goal that were comfortably held by Nicklin.
Ferriby dominated for virtually the whole of the second-half. Nathan Peat saw a shot blocked after winning the ball in midfield. An Emerton corner to the far post saw Tom Denton head narrowly wide and Liam King twice went close before Hone headed wide.
Boston wre unable to break-down Ferriby’s defence and midfield until the 86th minute. Nicklin saved well from substitute David Fallah. Boston threw everything at The Villagers in an attempt to get the equaliser. The referee added 5 minute and played well into the seventh minute. Rene Steer headed just over then with seconds remaining Kaine Felix shaved the crossbar with a header from which he should have probably scored.
An equaliser would have been cruel on Ferriby who controlled virtually the whole game. Heath was looking for a big response from his players following last Saturday’s disappointing performance against Gloucester.
Heath commented, “I thought we were superb throughout the team today. W had to make a couple changes but they did not affect our performance. We were difficult to play against today and Boston never really threatened until the last few minutes when they threw everything at us. Today’s performance was a great example of how to play away from home.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Danny Hone, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Danny Emerton, Jon D’Laryea Tom Denton (Tom Corner 90), Nathan Jarman Josh Wilde (90+4),
Russ Fry. Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Adam Bolder, Jamie Yates
Boston United:Matt Gledhill, Zak Mills, Rene Steer, Conor Marshal (David Fallah 59) , Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni, Niall Doran (Stefan Galinski 85) Michael Hollingsworth, Dayle Southwell, Jamie McGhee (Kaine Felix 59), Danny Meadows Subs not used: Duran Reynolds, Sam Vince
Ferriby play Harrogate Town at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday with a 3pm kick-off.
On Wednesday, The Villagers play Ossett Albion at the Eon Visual Media Stadium. This game is a friendly and Billy Heath will use the game to give game time to his players who have not seen much, or any action so far. The game kicks-off at 7.30pm and admission is free. The Sports bar will be open but there will be no catering.