Hall Road Rangers 0 North Ferriby United 5
Scorers: Jamil Ible 8; Danny Clarke 33, 90; Connor Robinson 43; Jamie Forrester 90
This proved to be a fairly comfortable for The Villagers on a sultry afternoon. Ferriby enjoyed the greater possession throughout the game and generally looked comfortable in defence against game Hall road side.
Ferriby got off to a good start with a goal after just eight minutes. Durran Reynolds long throw-in was headed home from close range by Jamil Ible.
Curtis Bateson was a constant threat in the first-half and saw a shot beaten away by Rangers’ keeper Jordan Douglas.
Rangers came close to equalising after 22 minutes when Jack Binns headed wide at the far post following a neat three-man move.
Ferriby continued to control the game and a second goal came after 33 minutes. Alex Davidson burst down the centre before releasing Danny Clarke who slid the ball past the advancing Douglas. The goal was no more than The Villagers deserved.
Ferriby clinched the game two minutes before half-time when Connor Robinson scored from close-range following a cross from the right.
Ferriby manager Steve Housham fielded a completely different set of players in the second-half. As his assistant, Darryn Stamp, had said in midweek the game was an opportunity to give 45 minutes playing time to as many players as possible.
The second-half performance was perhaps not as crisp as that of the first-half. Even so, Ferriby still had the better of the game. For their part, Rangers worked hard but only managed one on-target effort that was comfortably dealt with by keeper Pat Weaver.
Louis Bruce saw Douglas produce a really good one-handed save to turn away a header as Ferriby looked to increase their lead.
The fourth goal came in the 88th minute. Danny Clarke chased a long-ball in what seemed a lost cause. However, Douglas sliced the ball over his own head and Clarke ran round him to slide the ball in to the empty goal.
Ferriby rubbed salt in to Rangers’ wounds when Jamie Forrester picked-up the ball in midfield to fire home a low shot from 30 yards.
Villagers’ manager Steve Housham commented,
“It’s always difficult coming to teams at this level. Players have to play to the best of their ability wherever they play. Games like this are a chance for them to show what they can do on the pitch rather than in training.
“Darryn (Stamp, assistant manager), and myself have learnt a lot today about the players. The score-line is not really important. We showed good movement and passing, especially in the first-half.
“We will use the next couple of days to think about the squad and how we will deal with Grimsby on Tuesday.”
NFU (First-half); Craig Ellison, Ben Middleton, Steve Brogan, Ryan Fallowfield, Jamil Ible, Durran Reynolds, Danny Clarke, Curtis Bateson, Connor Robinson, Alex Davidson, Sam Downey
NFU (Second-half): Pat Weaver, Louis Bruce, Tyrone hare, Jordan Cooke, Tom Davie, Ross Armstrong, Charlie Binns, Jamie Forrester, Amos Kabaye, Ryan Kendall, Brad Grayson