Vanarama National League North
5 December 2015
Chorley 2 North Ferriby United 3
Half-Time: Chorley 2 NFU 0
NFU: Ryan Kendall 64; Liam King 89; Curtis Bateson 90+5
Chorley: Josh Hine 36; Jake Cottrell 37
A great second-half fightback saw The Villagers claim all three points with late goals from Liam King and Curtis Bateson. The result saw Ferriby move up to second.
The game was played in very difficult conditions with a gusting wind throughout the game that made it difficult for players to judge the flight of the ball. A heavy pitch also created problems with some balls hitting the ground and kicking on whilst others saw the ball more or less stop dead.
Given the testing conditions, the game was end-to-end as both sides attempted to play football.
The first 15 minutes saw Chorley have the better of the game. The Villagers were grateful to timely tackles from Nathan Hotte as The Magpies pressed forward. However, they actually managed only one off-target shot during this period.
The next 15 minutes were devoid of any real action but after 30 minutes Ferriby upped their tempo and came more in to the game. Liam King saw a shot go narrowly wide in a goal-mouth scramble, Wayne Brooksby drew a save from keeper Sam Ashton and Russ fry saw a shot blocked.
However, Chorley rocked two goals within a minute and seemingly had control of the game, Tom Nicholson produced a good diving save to parry Jake Cottrell’s shot but no defenders picked up Chorley striker Josh Hine who hammered the ball home. Within a minute Cottrell found himself unchallenged and in space and he hammered a tremendous low shot just inside Nicholson’s right-hand post.
With the half closing, Adam Bolder and Tom Denton drew saves from Ashton.
Chorley started the second-half seemingly content to sit back rather than look for a clinching goal.
King, twice, and Ashley Palmer went close before substitute Ryan Kendall pulled one back for The Villagers. Wayne Brooksby’s 30-yard run down the middle allowed him to free Kendall on the right. The striker advanced before hitting his shot past Ashton.
This made Chorley force the game a little more. Jack Lynch hit a shot wide then Hine missed a great chance from close-range.
Ferriby very rarely give up and they continued to look for the equaliser. With the 90 minutes almost up, Kendall won the ball on the right and his inside pass allowed King to hammer home a deserved equaliser.
The goal deflated Chorley and they were clearly rattled in the five minutes of added-time as Ferriby continued to press forward.
The winning goal came seconds from the end. With Chorley appealing for off-side, Kendall ran-on to a through-ball before squaring the ball to Curtis Bateson who hit the ball high and wide of Ashton. This was Bateson’s fourth goal against The Magpies this season having scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture in August.
Ferriby Assistant Manager said, “The result was tremendous but, to be honest, both teams deserve credit for playing the way they did in difficult conditions. We never know when we are beaten and, in the end, deserved the win.”
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “The substitutions worked today and changed the game for us. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. It was a fantastic performance by the whole team. It needed determination to get a result today and the players really showed their character.
This really was a tremendous performance by Ferriby and was a very good team performance. It was not a day for fancy short-passing football. It was largely a case of doing the simple things properly.
The Villagers are without a game next Saturday. It may not be ideal to have a blank Saturday but it allows time for all the players to have a deserved break. It is easy to forget that all the players have day jobs that they have tit around family-life and football.
NFU: Tom Nicholson, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Nathan Hotte, Danny Clarke (Curtis Bateson 72), Russell Fry (Ryan Kendall 45) Tom Denton, Adam Bolder, Wayne Brooksby (Danny Emerton 87). Subs not used:, Mark Gray , Ben Middleton,
Chorley: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Max Cartwright,Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe (Jack Lynch 71), Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean (Sam Cosgrove 69), Andy Bond, Darren Stephenson. Subs not used:, Kieran Charnock, Paul Jarvis, (Lewis Guy 71)