Grantham Town v North Ferriby United
Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Tuesday 16th October 2012 KO 7.45 pm
Table-topping North Ferriby United travel to mid-table Grantham Town on Tuesday for the first of two successive away games. Ferriby's 2-0 win over Witton Albion showed The Viillagers' attacking and defensive qualities.
Ferriby could easily have been four or five goals ahead at the interval. The team played with confidence and flair. Gary Bradshaw was unplayable throughout the game with his pace, control and movement and was unlucky not to find himself on the score sheet.
Midfielder Liam King ran the show in the first half. He was instrumental in many of Ferriby's and prominent in disrupting Witton. He deserved his goal.
Witton came in to this game defending a long unbeaten away run and they threw everything they had at Ferriby in the second-half. Substitute striker will feel hard done to as he hit the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed, as did Ferriby's Ryan Kendall.
Ferriby's defence put in a superb performance. They refused to be intimidated by Witton and Mark Gray gave a man-of-the-match performance. Keeper Adam Nicklin gave a fine exhibition of punching and catching under pressure as Witton players crowded him at every opportunity.
Ferriby deserved the win overall as they were so superior in the first-half.
Manager Billy Heath commented, "Our first-half football showed what this club is all about. We made a good team look ordinary."
With only a quarter of the season gone, Heath will be warning his players to battle against over-confidence. Every team will see them as the team to beat at the moment and each match is going to be difficult.
Skipper Paul Foot has completed his three match suspension but will not be in the squad as he has not recovered from the dead-leg he received in his last match.
Ferriby squad: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Steve Gardner, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Gary Bradshaw, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Mark Gray, Jack Muldoon, Liam King, Ryan Kendall, Chris Bolder, Ben Hunter, Ryan Williams, Steve Ridley