Braintree Town: 1 North Ferriby United: 0
Reece Hall-Johnson 77
This was yet another game where Ferriiby were left to rue a large number of missed goal opportunities. The Villagers had far more goal attempts than Braintree, especially in the second-half, but could not find the back of the Braintree net. On the one occasion they did so Reece Thompson’s effort was disallowed for off-side after 55 minutes.
Ferriby had the better of the opening exchanges with Ross Armstrong and Curtis Bateson both going close.
The first 15 minutes mainly belonged to Ferriby but they found it hard to create any more chances.
It was an edgy performance from both sides, not helped by a soft and heavy pitch that cut up and made ball-control difficult. Braintree tried to overcome this by playing more of a long-ball game but despite winning a number of the aerial challenges they failed to win second-ball against a solid Ferriby defence and midfield.
Bateson and Danny Emerton saw shots blocked and go wide respectively but it was Braintree who came closest to opening the scoring after 23 minutes. Kris Twardek’s shot was blocked by Taron Hare and the rebound fell to Monty Patterson whose shot was turned on to the post by the diving Rory Watson.
Bateson and Emerton continued to push Ferriby forward and Thompson was proving a handful for the home defence.
With half-time approaching Ferriby should probably have gone ahead. Robbie Tinkler’s 40-yard cross-field pass freed Thompson who saw his shot blocked. A minute later, Armstrong found Bateson who had his shot saved well by Sam Beasant. The loose ball fell to Emerton whose effort was cleared off the line.
Braintree almost took the lead in added time when Watson did well to push away Kyron Farrell’s free-kick that somehow managed to get through a crowded area.
Ferriby largely dominated the second-half and had far more goal attempts than Braintree.
Thompson saw a shot blocked by Beasant’s feet then Mark Gray shot wide after Emerton’s corner was cleared to him.
Bateson hit a 20-yard shot narrowly over, the ball bobbling-up as he hit it. Sam Topliss hit the bar from a Thompson cross then The Villagers saw Thompson’s goal disallowed.
Ferriby paid dearly for those misses when Braintree scored the only goal with their one anly on-target effort of the second-half. Patterson broke down the right and his cross was turned in by substitute Reece Hall-Johnson after 77 minutes. It was rough justice on Ferriby.
To their credit, The Villagers kept pushing forward. Ryan Kendall, Gray and Emerton, twice, went close in the final 10 minutes.
However, it was Michael Cheek who almost scored for Braintree when he poked the ball wide in a one-on-one with Watson.
Ferriby manager Steve Housham was left feeling frustrated at the end,
“Simply, the best team lost! We created plenty of chances as we have in recent games. It was one of those days when we just could not put one away. Rory only had one save to make. We defended well and were solid in midfield.
“Days like this are frustrating, It’s always hard when you’ve played well and got nothing from the game. Once again, the boys put in a great performance.”
It was a good all-round performance by Ferriby with nobody having a poor game. Some days it seems that you could play until midnight and not score despite all the chances. Today was one of those days.
NFU: Rory Watson ; Sam Topliss (Matthew Templeton 79),, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton, Taron Hare, Robbie Tinkler, Ross Armstrong(Matty Dixon 54), Danny Emerton, Reece Thompson, Curtis Bateson (Ryan Kendall 72)
Subs not used: Jordan Cooke, Jordan Douglas
Braintree Town: Sam Beasant, Jerome Okimo, Ian Gayle, Jake Goodman, Manny parry, Kyron Farrell (Sam Corne 69) Chez Isaac, Monty Patterson, Kris Twardek (Reece Hall-Johnson 62), Jack Midson, Michael Cheek
Subs not used: Alex Henshall, Lee Barnard, Claudio Dias