Vanarama National League
Boston United v North Ferriby
The Eon Visual Media Stadium
19 March 2016
Boston United 1 North Ferriby United 2
Scorers: NFU: Danny Hone 24; Danny Emerton 89
Boston United: Dayle Southwell 22
With the game heading for a draw, substitute Danny Emerton snatched an 89th minute goal to clinch all three points for The Villagers. The win sees Ferriby climb up to second in the National League North, ahead of AFC Fylde on goal-difference.
It had been an end-to-end game with both teams forced to defend determinedly at times. The points were important to both clubs and this showed with some of the play which was frenetic at times. Passes were over-hit and misplaced by both sides at times and this added to the excitement.
The first 20 minutes belonged to The Pilgrims in terms of possession and territory. Dayle Southwell and Conner Robinson created problems with their pace but Ferriby defended resolutely.
Southwell hit a shot at Adam Nicklin after four minutes and Robinson fired wide when he should have hit the target.
In between those efforts Ferriby’s Adam Bolder hit a 20-yard drive that was held by home keeper Fabian Spiess.
However, it was no more than Boston deserved when top scorer Southwell put them ahead after 22 minutes. He converted a cross at the far post with The Villagers defence a little bit all at sea.
From this point on, despite regularly attacking, Boston only had one more shot on target in the rest of the game. Ferriby gave little away in defence and frustrated the home side in midfield.
It was a little surprise, and a big shock to Boston when Danny Hone stretched-out a leg to turn Bolder’s beautifully flighted free-kick past Spiess to equalise after 24 minutes.
Boston were grateful to Speiss after 31 minutes when he made a superb one-handed save to deny Curtis Bateson. From the resulting corner the keeper then saved Ash Palmer’s header.
The second-half had rather less action than the first. Ferriby continued to frustrate Boston in midfield and defence. Any threat Boston posed came largely from set-pieces and quick breaks. Ferriby’s back four were superb with Ben Middleton and Josh Wilde holding Boston on the flanks and Hone and Palmer dominant in the centre. Nicklin coped well with what little did get through to him.
Ferriby started the second-half brightly with Spiess saving well from Bateson. As the half progressed, King fired wide then drew a save from Spiess.
Boston had a short spell of pressure with Jay Rollins hitting a shot at Nicklin. Robinson looked to have put Boston in front but his shot flew very narrowly past the post.
Russ Fry twice went close before Emerton popped up at the far-post after 89n minutes to force the ball home.
Tom Denton worked tirelessly up-front with Nathan Hotte and Wayne Brooksby working hard in midfield.
Perhaps a draw would have been a fair result but it would be wrong to deny Ferriby the win. This is a side that does not give up and that earned them the points today
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“This was a really professional performance. We had a game plan and we kept to it. It was a bit scrappy as a game but we stuck at it. It was a great result and some of the other results worked n our favour. We are up to second and have some crucial games in the final weeks of the season.”
North Ferriby United: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton (Sam Topliss 66),,Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Danny Hone, Nathan Hotte, Wayne Brooksby (Danny Emerton 78, Tom Denton, Adam Bolder (Russell Fry 45), Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Mark Gray, Ryan Kendall
Boston United: Fabian Speiss, Liam Marrs, Joe Burgess, Grant Roberts, Scott Garner, Nat Brown, Kaine Felix (Malachi Lavelle-Moore 75Zak Mills, Dayle Southwell, Conner Robinson (Lewis Hilliard 75), Jay Rollins. Subs not used: Mark Jones,), Harry Limb, Harry Payne
Ferriby play their East Riding Senior Cup semi-final at the Roy West Centre, Inglemire Lane, hull on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 7pm. Admission is £4 adults and £2 concessions.