Tuesday 11 March 2014
Gainsborough Trinity 1 North Ferriby United 4
Scorers: NFU: Nathan Jarman 33pen, 38 pen, 72 pen; Liam King 90
Gainsborough: Liam Davis 43
This was a convincing win that saw Ferriby go back to the top of the table, a point ahead of AFC Telford. The game will be remembered not only for the result but also for a Nathan Jarman penalty hat-trick. This is a rare event at any level and it is the first in Ferriby’s history.
The firs-half was fairly even with both sides having spells of pressure but clear chances were generally few and far between. The half was not without its controversy as Ferriby were awarded two penalties whilst Gainsborough were denied what seemed to a good shout for one.
Both sides had periods of pressure in the first half. Ferriby had the better of the early pressure with Jarman firing wide from Anthony Wilson’s pass.
Gainsborough had a ten minute in which they pegged-back Ferriby. Danny hone put in a superb challenge to deny Jonathan Margetts as he was about to shoot. A free-kick from Ciaran Toner got the faintest of touches from somebody and came back off the post.
Ferriby had a couple of half-chances before the first controversial point in the game. Hone put in a good challenge on Margetts with Gainsborough appealing for a foul by Paul Robson. The referee awarded a corner to the annoyance of the ho me fans and players.
Danny Emerton forced a good save from Phil Barnes before the next controversial point, at least as far as gainsborough were concerned. Callum Howes fouled Anthony Wilson in the area in the 33rd minute and Jarman fired home the first of his three penalties.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Howes again fouled Wilson as he was about to shoot. Thuis time, Barnes dived the correct way but could not reach Jarman’s powerful shot.
With half-time approaching,Liam Davis was allowed to run from midfield and score with a low drive from 18 yards.
Ferriby upped their game in the second-half and Gainsborough rarely produced a serious threat on goal.
Jarman shot just wide after good work by Jamie Yates. Russ Fry and Wilson put shots wide. A late challenge by Margetts after 64 minutes saw Adam Nicklin having to replaced by Antoni Pecora due to a shoulder injury. It is never easy for a substitute keeper to come three-quarters of the way through the game. Pecora was soon in action making affine save from Toner, Trinity’s only real threat of the half.
A third foul by Howes on Wilson resulted in another penalty which Jarman hammered home. The caution for Howes seemed long overdue.
The Villagers were dominant by now. The defence was solid and controlled Trinity’s strikers with both strength and skill. Ferriby continued to press from midfield and created a number of shooting opportunities. However, Ferriby had to wait until the 90th minute for the final goal, Jarman chased a long pass that seemed to be going out of play in the corner. He controlled the ball turned a defender before sending over a pin-point cross for Liam King ghosting in at the far post to head home.
Ferriby were magnificent in the second-half and thoroughly deserved the win. They now sit one point ahead of AFCTelford and have a better goal difference. The Skrill North title is now back Ferriby’s control.
Manager Billy Heath was delighted with the result, “It was always going to be a hard game tonight. We were not at our best in the firs-half but we defended well and looked dangerous when we attacked. I thought we were superb in the second-half which we controlled well. The only downside is Adam’s injury, We won;t know the extent of that until an x-ray on Wednesday.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin (Antoni Pecora 53), Paul Robson, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Danny Emerton (Nathan Peat 67), Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson (Lewis McMahon 88), Nathan Jarman, Jamie Yates
Subs not used Matt Wilson, Ryan Kendall
Gainsborough Trinity: Phil Barnes, Dom Roma, Michael Leary, Liam Davis, Callum Howe, Greg Young (Tom Davie 8), Simon Russell, Ciaran Toner (Jonathan Williams 34), Jamie Wootton, Joanathan Margetts, Curtis Bateson, Subs not used: Adam Martin, Caine Winfarrah Josh Batty