The Skrill North
Gloucester City 1 North Ferriby United 1
Scorers: NFU: Jamie Yates 54
Gloucester City: Lewis Hogg 26
Ferriby gained a deserved point in a scrappy game but lost top spot in the Skrill North. The Gloucester manager Dave Mehew was apparently sacked immediately after the game.
The game lacked any real spark yet saw a straight red card for Gloucester’s Jack Harris and nine bookings, few of which were warranted. Players, officials and supporters of both sides were left confused by the inconsistency of the decisions.
The first-half was fairly even but there was little serious threat on either goal.
Gloucester opened brightly with Adam Mann’s low cross going straight acroos the six yard box and out on the far side.
it was another 16 minutes before there was a threat on goal with Joe Parker’s tame shot going straight to Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin.
Ferriby’s first significant goal attempt came after 19 minutes. Russ Fry’s free-kick was blocked by the wall but reached Mark Gray whose first-time shot was saved one-handed by keeper Stuart Moore.
A minute later there was utter confusion as Matt Coupe appeared to handle in the area and the referee seemed to pointed towards the penalty spot. However, he had apparently stopped play for a head injury to Mark Gray and the game restarted with a dropped-ball.
With play moving from end-to-end, gray blocked a shot from Charlie Griffin and Danny Hone’s header from Fry’s free-kick was saved by a diving Moore.
Gloucester took the lead after 26 minutes. A cross from the left was met by Griffin who headed it back into Lewis Hogg’s path and he fired in an unstoppable drive from 20 yards.
Darren Mullings saw a header saved by Nicklin then Connor Waldon put a header and shot wide. Parker missed a good opportunity after 45 minutes but his attempted lob over the advancing Nicklin was held by the keeper.
Ferriby controlled much of the second-half and Gloucester only managed one goal attempt in the whole half. Just as in the first-half, the game was spoiled by a succession of free-kicks that disrupted any attempt at cohesive football.
Moore did well to turn Liam King’s shot for a corner. A Jamie Yates corner saw Gray glance a header just wide before Fry saw his header from a Yates’ free-kick saved by Moore. The equaliser came after 54 minutes. Yates curled a superb 25-yard free-kick past the wall and beyond Moore.
Ferriby pressed for a winner but attempts from King, twice, and Jarman failed to secure all three points.
The game ended in controversy. Gloucester’s Jack Harris was sent-off for elbowing Danny Hone in the Gloucester penalty area. Unfortunately for Ferriby, the referee could not ward a penalty as the ball was not in play at the time of the incident.
Feriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a frustrating afternoon We did enough in the second-half to have won the game. However, it was appoint away from home and it could be vital at the end of the season.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry Ryan Kendall (Lewis McMahon 52), Nathan Jarman, Jon D’Laryea (Jamie Yates 45). Subs not used: Dean Lisles, Antoni Pecora, Matt Wilson
Gloucester City: Stuart Moore, Mike Green, Ruairuh Winters, Matt Coupe, Jack Harris, Lewis Hogg, Joe Parker (Tom Webb 84), Darren Mullings, Charlie Griffin, Connor Waldon (Jordan Goddard 60 (Nat Jarvis 90+2)),, Adam Mann. Subs not used:, Mike Green, Marcus Giglio,
Ferriby play Chalk Lane on Tuesday in the East Riding Senior Cup. The game kicks-off at 7.30 at the Eon Visual media Stadium. Admission is £2 and £1 for concessions. There will be the usual catering facilities.