Vanarama National League North
29 August 2015
Bradford Park Avenue 4 North Ferriby United 4
Chib Chilaka 14, 20, 70 Curtis Bateson 19, 28; Tom Denton 30;
Richard Marshall 57 Ryan Kendall 42
Ferriby looked to have this game won at half-time but were glad to take a point by the finish. The Villagers were 4-2 ahead at the interval and looked to have control of the game. Bradford pulled a goal back after 57 minutes but the game really turned on 59 minutes. Nathan Hotte fouled man-of-the-match Chib Chilaka and the referee deemed it worthy of a red card rather than the yellow that it most probably warranted.
The scoreline may seem to indicate that this was a really entertaining game but good football was in short supply. Both defences looked jittery at times. In fact, Ferriby defended better after Hotte’s dismissal.
Ferriby had the better of the opening 10 minutes with Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall both going close. Bradford’s response was two efforts that did not trouble Adam Nicklin.
Bradford took the lead after 14 minutes. Craig King’s cross saw Chilakda head home unchallenged at the far post.
Five minutes later The Villagers were level. Curtis Bateson burst past the defence on the left and pushed the ball past keeper Myles Wright as he hesitated.
Chilaka equalised within a minute. He broke through the defence to go round Nicklin and score from a narrow angle.
Ferriby went ahead after 28 minutes. Ben Middleton’s throw was cleared back to him. His low cross was blasted home by Bateson from eight yards.
Tom Denton increased the lead after 30 minutes with a shot that hit both posts before crossing the line.
Kendall looked to have settled the game after 42 minutes. He burst down the left before cutting-in and rounding Wright to slot home the ball.
The Villagers almost increased their lead just after half-time when Russ Fry’s deep frr-kick was headed on to the top of the bar and over. This was Ferriby’s only on-target shot of the half. Liam King did go close with a low drive after 63 minutes but that was the last of any serious threat to the Bradford goal.
Bradford pulled a goal back after 57 minutes. The Villagers’ defence stood-off and Richard Marshall fired an unstoppable 25-yard drive into the top corner.
There was worse to come for Ferriby two minutes later with Hotte’s harsh dismissal.
Bradford had the greater possession and territory after this but The Villagers defended with determination. Bradford struggled to create clear chances and only twice forced Nicklin in to any kind of save.
The equaliser came after 70 minutes. A three-man move left Chilaka with space to complete his hat-trick from 10 yards.
It was now largely a question of whether The Villagers could hang-on for the point, or maybe snatch a goal on the break.
Credit goes to The Villagers for defending well in the last half-hour. The players worked hard to limit Bradford’s goal threat and the point was hard-earned but well-deserved.
However, it was disappointing to concede four goals in this game after only letting-in four in the previous five. It is equally disappointing to score four goals away from home and still not win.
This is Ferriby’s fifth consecutive draw. They will be looking for a win against Lowestoft at The Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“The sending-off killed the game for us to a large extent. We looked to be heading for a win at half-time. If Mark Gray’s header had gone in to make it 5-2 it would probably have been game over for Bradford.
“The lads did well in the final half-hour. They dug-in and showed a lot of spirit. A Many teams would have lost in this situation. I’m pleased with point in the end.”
NU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Danny Emerton (Sam Topliss 78), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Nathan Hotte 45) Curtis Bateson Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Ross Armstrong, Tom Davie
Bradford Park Avenue: Myles Wright, Chris Howarth, Adam Mather, Nathan Turner, Danny Hall, Simon Ainge, Craig King, Danny Schofield (Paul Marshall 78), Chib Chilaka (James Walshaw 85), Richard Marshall, Massiah McDonald (Tom Burgin 53) . Subs not used: Seb Carole, Nicky Walker,