An amazing final seven minutes of play saw Ferriby gain a point in a game that they looked like losing as late as the 87th minute. At that point, The Villagers were 2-1 down but scored twice through Liam King and Danny Emerton to take the lead before Town equalised in the third minute of added time.
The game had also started fairly explosively. The Villagers shocked their host by taking the lead after just 80 seconds. Sam Topliss’s cross found Ryan Kendall in the area. The striker laid-off the ball to Liam King who scored from close range.
King and Denton went close with headers. Up to this point Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin had just one tame shot to deal with.
The Villagers controlled the next 20 minutes. The midfield constantly forced Harrogate back and Curtis Bateson and Danny Clarke caused problems down the wings.Kendall and Tom Denton were working well up front and made life difficult for the home defence.
Clarke, twice and King saw shots blocked then Kendall had a shot defelected for a corner.
Harrogate had been limited to quick breaks from defence and in the 24th minute one of them produced an equaliser. Joe Colbeck’s cross in to the six-yard box was not dealt with by the Ferriby defence and Dominic Knowles headed home.
Harrogate came more in to the game. They used the pace of Colbeck down the wing and he produced a number of dangerous crosses as the game progressed.
David McGurk put a header over the bar before Brendan Daniels forced a good save from Nicklin.
Prior to these attempts, Bateson and Kendall drew saves from Town keeper Peter Crook.
The second-half largely lacked the intensity of the first until the final seven minutes.
Harrogate started the better of the two sides and Paul Clayton put a header wide at the near post. Town took the lead after 51 minutes. An Harrogate attack was only partially cleared, allowing Daniels to cut in and score with a cross-shot.
Harrogate were somewhat in the ascendancy and fired-in a number of dangerous crosses but could get nobody on them until virtually the last kick of the game.
Ferriby defended well and were tested by the pace of Colbeck and Daniels.
For The Villagers, King was unlucky to see a volley go just wide whilst Clarke had a shot blocked by Crook after the keeper had mis-punched a Bateson corner.
With time running-out it looked as if The Villagers were heading for a defeat. However, the spirit in this side is such that they do not give up.
Kendall was tripped just inside the area by Lewis Turner and King sent Crook the wrong way from the spot to equalise.
Just three minutes later Ferriby were ahead. Louis Bruce’s free-kick was headed by Denton to Kendall who squared the ball to Danny Emerton who scored from almost on the line.
The game was still far from over as Town continued put balls in to the Ferriby penalty area. Inevitably, someone had to eventually get on the end of one of them and Clayton glanced home Colbeck’s cross with virtually the last touch of the game.
Both sides were probably left wondering if it was abpoint gained or two points lost? For The Villagers in the end, it has to go down as point gained against a good Harrogate side.
Ferriby Manager Billy Heath commented:
“This was a very good performance against a very good side who were playing at home. The players showed great spirit and commitment to take the lead so late in the game. It was disappointing the late equaliser but this was a good result.”
NU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde (Louis Bruce 67), Liam King, Ash Palmer, Ma rk Gray (Ben Middleton 34), Danny Clarke (Danny Emerton 75), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall , Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Adam Bolder
Harrogate Town: : Peter Crook, Lewis Turner, Andy McWilliams, Tom Platt, Luke Shiels, Dave McGurk, Joe Colbeck, Cecil Nyoni, Paul Clayton, Dominic Knowles, Brendan Daniels. (Jordan Thewlis 87): Subs not used: Jack Emmett, Louie Swain, Lloyd Kerry, Matt Bloomer