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

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Chorley 0-1 North Ferriby United

Liam King's 90th minute winner allowed North Ferriby to stretch their unbeaten league run to fifteen games away to a tough Chorley side, maintaining their six point lead atop the table.

The victory may rank as the Villagers' most impressive yet this season, with Billy Heath's men playing the entirety of the second period a man light following Steve Ridley's dismissal shortly before half time.

The game was played on a slick surface that made flowing moves hard to put together, and Ferriby full back Nathan Peat was one of many to lose his footing while trying to control the ball in the early going. Chorley frontman John Cunliffe pounced on the slip, but Adam Nicklin was able to palm his effort away.

Nicklin's opposite number Jack Cudworth was then called into action to turn top scorer Ryan Kendall's effort around his post as it looked destined for the bottom corner.

Nicklin pulled off two more smart stops before the half was out, pushing Tom Ince's volley wide for a corner, from which Dale Whitham headed narrowly over the bar, and blocking Adam Roscoe with his feet at close range when the Chorley frontman broke into the box.

With the interval approaching, Ferriby's chances of a seventh-straight away win appeared to have been dealt a hammer blow when Ridley picked up his second yellow card for a pull on Kirk Millar.

However, as the second half began Ferriby instantly showed they were not willing to merely hold on for a point, Kendall cutting inside and forcing a corner via the feet of Cudworth.

Chorley used their man advantage to take the majority of possession, but proved wasteful in the final third. Millar came closest to giving the hosts the lead, his effort looked goal-bound until a great saving tackle by substitute Mark Gray.

Ferriby made their hosts sweat each time they came forward, the tireless running of Danny Clarke, now assisted on the opposite flank by Ben Hunter, winning plenty of corners and free kicks, one of which was hit narrowly over the par by Peat.

The breakthrough finally came as the game went into added time. A foul on Clarke won a free kick on the right flank, which Hunter curled into the path of Wilson, and although Cudworth blocked this initial effort, he couldn't stop King slamming home the rebound.

Ciaran Kilheeney could have rescued a point at the death for the hosts, but headed harmlessly wide after getting himself into a dangerous position at the far post.

Ferriby travel over the Pennines once again next Saturday for a mouth-watering trip to second-placed Ashton United.

Man of the Match: Danny Clarke (Ferriby)

Attendance: 620

 

Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Steve Ridley, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder (c) (Russell Fry, 90), Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Ben Hunter, 53), Ryan Williams (Mark Gray, HT) Subs not used: Jack Muldoon, Antoni Pecora

Chorley: Jack Cudworth, Kieran Walmsley, Dave Mellor, Chris Blackburn, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham (c), Kirk Millar (Porya Ahmadi, 77), Steve Flitcroft, Adam Roscoe, John Cunliffe (Ciaran Kilheeney, 64), Tom Ince Subs not used: Chris Denham, Ash Parillion, Tom Walker

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