Vanarama Conference North
Saturday 13th September 2014
Colwyn Bay 0 North Ferriby United 0
Ferriby ended a three match losing run with a deserved point at Colwyn Bay and stay sixth in the table.
The Villagers will feel that luck was not with them as they saw goals” from Nathan Jarman and Tom Denton disallowed for off-side. Against that, Adam Nicklin had to produce a superb save in the final seconds to secure Ferriby’s point.
The Villagers had the bulk of possession and territory if the first-half but did not manage to get a shot on target. They did manage four off-target shots whilst Bay not have a single goal attempt.
Ferriby thought they had taken the lead after just two minutes but Nathan Jarman’s “goal” was disallowed for off-side. After that, Ferriby pushed forward but to little effect. The defence and midfield were solid, pressing Colwyn at every opportunity and denying them space to mount attacks.
Liam King, Jarman and Russ Fry twice, saw efforts go wide or over the bar.
In reply, the nearest Bay came to having a chance was a scramble in the area which was cleared by Ferriby’s defence.
The second-half saw rather more action with most of it coming in the final 10 minutes.
The half opened with Dan Clayton’ 20-yard drive being blocked. After 47 minutes Clayton’s cross to the far pot found Denton who rose above a defender to head the ball home. Rather dubiously, the assistant referee flagged for off-side. The decision was even more surprising as Bay were not even appealing for off-side.
Colwyn skipper Marc Williams missed a glorious chance after 50 minutes when he head straight at Nicklin with the goal at his mercy.
In terms of goal-mouth excitement that was about it until the 81st minute when the game really came to life. Obi Anoruo turned Louis Bruce but skid the ball wide as Nicklin narrowed the angle.
Jonathan Royle saw a shot deflected for a corner from which Loel Bembo-Leta shot narrowly over.
Ferriby’s reply was immediate. Denton’s header came off the bar and the ball was crossed to him again only for home keeper Josh Ollerenshaw to save. Liam King fired a shot at Ollerenshaw before drawing a fine flying save from the keeper with another goal-bound drive.
However Colwyn almost snatched all three points in the final seconds. Anoruo’s shot was heading for the top corner but somehow Adam Nicklin produced an absolutely magnificent save to turn the ball for a corner.
This was a good performance from Ferriby despite not scoring, Defensively and in midfield the team performed well. Up front that lacked that little bit of good fortune that all teams need.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, (It was a good performance. We were much the better team in the first-half. In the second-half we created good chances and were unlucky not to score. However we stay sixth in the league.”
The downside to the game were injuries to Louis Bruce and Josh Wilde during the game.and to Dean Lisles in the warm-up.Hopefully, all three, plus Danny Emerton will be fit for next Saturday’s game at home to Barrow
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Louis Bruce (Matt Wilson 81), Josh Wilde (Nathan Peat 68), Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Jon D’Laryea, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman (Tom Corner 70), Dan Clayton
Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Tom CornerAdam Bolder
Colwyn Bay: Josh Ollerenshaw, Lanre Olapade, Louis Moss, Filipe Anjos, Joel Bembo-Leta, Chris Noone, Tom Buckley, Obi Anoruo, Rob Hopley ( Aaron Rey 68), Marc Williams, Jonathan Royle, Subs not used: Liam Sharpe, Prince Haywood, Adam Hodgson, Frank Sinclair,