The Skrill North
Saturday 4 January 2014
Hednesford Town 0 North Ferriby United 1
Scorers: NFU: Anthony Wilson 43
In a game of few chances, a moment of brilliance from Danny Clarke and Anthony Wilson saw Ferriby take all three points against their promotion rivals and return to the top of the table.
Jon D’Laryea made his first league start for The Villagers and impressed with his performance. However, this victory was a wholehearted and professional team performance from Ferriby. The Villagers dominated the second-half after an even first period.
A heavy and bumpy pitch was not conducive to fast creative play but Ferriby kept to their game plan and made the better use of the conditions.
Hednesford had slightly more possession in the first-half but did not come close to scoring. Darren Campion and Elliott Durrell both fired long-range shots at Adam Nicklin.
The two midfields cancelled-out each other and the defences were on top when players did get through
Equally, Ferriby had few opportunities. A Gregg Anderson header was dropped by home keeper Dan Crane but Hednesford managed to scramble it clear. Much later in the half, Anderson saw a shot deflected for a corner.
With half-time approaching the afternoon’s one moment fo real attacking quality resulted in the only goal. Danny Clarke’s run and pinpoint cross from the right was met by Anthony Wilson who outjumped everybody to head home.
Ferriby, by and large, controlled the second-half but chances remained few and far between. Nathan Jarman had a shot blocked then Wilson saw one deflected for a corner after he had dispossessed Francino Francis.
Liam King hit a 20 yard low drive just wide before Crane made a good save from a Ryan Kendall shot that was dipping just under the bar.
The closest Hednesford came to a goal was a goalmouth scramble that ended with Nicklin pushing the ball away before it was finally cleared.
Credit to Ferriby for their second-half performance. Rather than sitting back and defending their lead, they took the game to Hednesford who could offer little in reply.
Manager Billy Heath was delighted with the win, “We controlled most of the game and deserved the win. This has been a difficult period with five games in a fortnight but the spirit and commitment has been tremendous. We’ve picked-up nine points from the four games that were played to a finish.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Jon D’Laryea, Anthony Wilson (Matt Wilson 90+1), Nathan Jarman (Ryan Kendall 73), Jamie Yates (Russell Fry 83)
Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Dan Clayton
Hednesford Town: Dan Crane, John Disney, Darren Campion, Paul McCone, Francino Francis, Kris Taylor, Robbie Thompson-Brown, Elliott Durrell, Neil Harvey (Nathan Woolfe 54), Nathan Blissett, Tom Thorley, (Michael Lennon 80), Subs not used: Alex Melbourne, Dave McPherson, Ben Bailey