FA Cup with Budweiser First Qualifying Round
Eccleshill United 0 North Ferriby United 2
A young and spirited Eccleshill side made Ferriby work hard for this win. The Villagers gave a below par performance but still managed to make it four wins on the run with 11 goals scored and none conceded.
The first 20 minutes largely belonged to Ferriby but they could create no clear chances. Eccleshill attacks stemmed largely from Ferriby errors.
In the 21st minute, Ben hunter's right-wing corner found Gary Bradshaw just beyond the far post,. Unfortunately, the striker's header clipped the outside of the post.
In their next attack, a five-man move from Ferriby ended with a cross just evading the on-rushing Liam King.
Ryan Kendall was unlucky not to score in the 37th minute. Russell Fry played a good ball down the left touchline to Kendall who beat the defender and clipped a shot against the bar.
The breakthrough came after 40 minutes, Danny Clarke was tripped in the penalty area. Bradshaw sent home keeper Karl Martins the wrong way to score from the spot.
The goal failed to settle Ferriby's nerves and the fisrt 15 minutes of the second half produced little of note from either side.
The crossbar again came to Eccleshill's rescue after sixty minutes. A Bradshaw corner was headed out to Fry whose 30 yard drive clipped the corner of the bar and post before flying out of play.
This led to Eccleshill's only real period of pressure. First, Adam Nicklin had to pluck Clifford Payne's dangerous cross out of the air. Then slack defensive work from Ferriby saw the ball reach Charley Flaherty who fired wide from the edge of the area. Nicklin then had to be alert to beat Andy Holland to a through ball and kick clear.
Ferriby began to impose themselves again and Bradhaw first saw a header blocked on the line then Martins blocked the striker's shot as he broke through.
Ferriby finally clinched the game in the 87th minute when Bradshaw curled a 25 yard free-kick in to top left corner.
This was not a pretty performance from Ferriby. There were too many errors in midfield and defence for Manager Billy Heath's comfort, "I'm pleased with the result but the overall performance was not good enough. Credit to Eccleshill. They had a game plan to contain us and they kept to it."
With no midweek fixture, Ferriby can take a breather after a hectic start to the season which has seen them playing two games a week.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles (Steve Gardner 77), Nathan Peat, Liam King (Chris Bolder 58), Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Kendall (Jack Muldoon 76), Ben Hunter (76) Non-playing subs: Steve Ridley, Mark Gray, Antoni Pecora
Eccleshill United: Karl Martins, Mathew Moore, Ben Snee, Jackson Patillo (Jae Lee 86), Ben Lamb, Jermaine Springer, Clifford Payne, Joe Penn, Andy Holland, Charley Flaherty, Ricardo Cubillo (Huntly Dylan Smith 86). Non-playing subs: Adam McCabe, Brandon Roane, Viktor Balis