Tuesday 9 August 2016
Lincoln City 6 North Ferriby United 1
Scorers: Lincoln: Matt Rhead 3, 24p; Nathan Arnold 5; Luke Waterfall 16;
Jonny Margetts 51; Bradley Wood 67
Ferriby: Curtis Bateson 29
Ferriby learned the harsh realities of life in the National League with this 6-1 hammering by Lincoln City.
The Villagers got off to an awful start. They conceded three goals in the first 16 minutes.
Lincoln went ahead after just three minutes when Matt Rhead headed home Nathan Arnold’s cross.
It was not the start that Ferriby had been looking for but worse was to come two minutes later.
Arnold saw his initial shot blocked by Ben Middleton but with plenty of space around him he was able to latch on to the rebound and fire home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.
The Villagers were penned back and were barely able to get in to Lincoln’s half. The home side could have added to their score before Luke Waterfall rose almost unchallenged to head home an Arnold corner.
Worse was to come after 24 minutes. Middleton fouled Lee Beevers as he was about to shoot and he was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. Rhead sent Rory Watson from the resultant penalty.
Against the run of play, Ferriby pulled a goal back after 29 minutes. Connor Oliver’s long pass found Bateson on the right. He cut in and beat a couple of defenders before scoring with a low shot from a narrow angle.
Lincoln went close twice through Beevers as the half drew to a close.
Any hopes of a Ferriby fight-back were ended after 51 minutes. Jonny Margetts’ first shot was parried by Watson but the striker pounced to fire the rebound high in to the net.
To Ferriby’s credit they actually got more in to the game and both Oliver and Bateson went close with shots from outside the area.
Lincoln’s final game came after 67 minutes. Bradley Wood picked up the ball in midfield and was allowed to advance before hitting a low 20-yard drive home.
That was pretty much it as far as goal attempts went.
Ferriby could have few complaints about the result. They were often slower to the ball and not as strong as Lincoln in challenges. The home side’s passing was crisper and they were well-organised.
There were positives for The Villagers. Mark Gray, Connor Oliver and Simon Russell worked well in defence. Curtis Bateson looked dangerous going forward. There was no faulting the players’ attitude or spirit either.
NFU: Rory Watson ; Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Stephen Brogan, Connor Oliver (Ryan Fallowfield 76), Simon Russell, Danny Clarke, Vinny Mukendi (Ryan Kendall 45), Conner Robinson (Danny Emerton 72), Curtis Bateson
Subs not used: Sam Topliss, Alfonso Fosu-Mensah
Lincoln City: Paul Farman, Bradley Wood, Sam Habergham, Luke waterfall, Jack Muldoon (Elliott Hodge72), Matt Rhead (Jamie McCombe78), Jonny Margetts, Lee Beevers, Sean Raggett, Nathan Arnold (Alex Simmons 68), Alex Woodyard
Subs not used: Callum Howe, Adam Marriott