Vanarama National League
13 August 2016
Dover Athletic 2-0 North Ferriby United
This was a much improved away display by the Villagers who battled well and were ultimately unfortunate not to pick up their first away point.
A goal in each half settled the match. Moses Emanuel converting Ross Lafayette’s curling cross on 34 minutes and then Lafayette scoring himself after a mix up between Sam Topliss and Rory Watson.
The first half hour was very even, Conner Robinson had a shot blocked and when the impressive Ricky Modeste led a break away from a Ferriby corner, Watson did well to twice deny Emmanuelle from point blank range one, of a number of good stops that the keeper was to make during the course of the afternoon.
The Villagers nearly equalised immediately after the opening goal, the lively Connor Robinson sent a dipping lob which Arnold did well to tip over in the hosts goal. Steve Brogan and Curtis Bateson also linked well for Ferriby on the left hand side. For Dover, Modeste’s extreme pace was always a threat but Ferriby’s back four held up well with debutant Liam Slade particularly impressive.
Ferriby were so close to equalising early in the second half when Simon Russell hit a stinging drive which was destined for the bottom corner but a brilliant block deflected it away for a corner.
On the whole the hosts shaded the second half but Ferriby still had plenty of procession and looked capable of grabbing the equaliser but hopes the Villagers had of snatching a point were ended by the second goal.
Arnold, Magri, Thomas, Kinnear Jnr, Modeste (Pinnock 82 mins), Stevenson, Grimes, Sterling, Emmanue (Marsh 82 mins), Lafayette, Parkinson. Subs not used: Fazakerley, Orlu, Jackson Jnr.
North Ferriby United
Watson, Topliss, Brogan, Gray, Slade, Oliver, Clarke, Russell, Bateson, Emerton (Kendall 60 mins), Robinson (Mukendi 75 mins). Subs unused: Fosu-Mensha, Skelton, Fallowfield.
Heavy defeat for 10-men Villagers