FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

Lowestoft Town 0 NFU 3 (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
26 April  2016

Lowestoft Town 0   North Ferriby United  3                                         
Scorers: Mark Gray 12; Tom Denton 39; Danny Clarke 59
 

Attendance: 549

This was a tremendous performance by The Villagers. Accidents and diversions meant Ferriby did not arrive until 7.45pm and the game kicked-off 35 minutes late.

Despite spending so long on the coach, Ferriby were in control from the first minute to the final whistle.

Ferriby took the lead after 12 minutes when Russ Fry’s high dropping cross was headed home by
Mark Gray inside the goal area.

Five minutes later, Wayne Brooksby was denied by keeper Elvijs Putnins in a one-on-one situation.

Curtis Bateson then saw a shot partially saved but a defender cleared the loose ball off the line. Bateson was outstanding throughout the game and tormented the Lowestoft Town all evening until his late substitution.

Lowestoft  were limited to a largely long-ball attack with Chris Henderson their main threat. However, despite some tantalising crosses they did not force Adam Nicklin into a save.

Ferriby pressed in midfield and Town were often forced back towards their own goal.

With Ferriby continuing to press, Danny Clarke and Bateson both went close.

Bateson created the second goal on 39 minutes. His pinpoint cross from wide on the left allowed Tom Denton a free-header from close-range and the striker made no mistake.

Lowestoft needed a win to guarantee safety and one would have expected them to come at Ferriby in the second-half. However, they failed to lift themselves throughout the half. Consequently, the game was played out in a very subdued atmosphere.

Ferriby continued to control the game. Bateson saw a shot saved and Brooksby’s follow-up shot from was kicked off the line.

Ferriby were not to denied for long and the clinching goal came after 59 minutes. Josh Wilde’s throw reached Clarke who controlled the ball, turned his marker and hit a dipping shot over the keeper.

Henderson saw a shot hit the post and bounce away with what was Town’s only on-target shot of the game.

Any faint hope that Town had of a late revival disappeared after 68 minutes when substitute Shaun Bammant was sent-off. He had come on a s substitute just five minutes earlier but he hit Ben Middleton in the face leaving the referee no option but to show a red card.,  

Bateson, on three occasions, Clarke and Palmer all went close as Ferriby continued to dominate. Wilde and Ryan Kendall went close in the closing minutes but Ferriby had already done more than enough to win the game.

This was a complete performance by Ferriby and a great credit to the players after a long and tiring journey to East Anglia. 

Manager Billy Heath commented,
“This was a totally professional performance by the lads. After six hours sitting on the coach they were tremendous from the first minute.

“We totally controlled the game and, to be honest, we could have won by a bigger margin.

“We can now look forward to Saturday’s game against Alfreton. We know we will be in the top three but we want to be runners-up and we are in a strong position to do that.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton (Sam Topliss 69),, Josh Wilde, Wayne Brooksby , Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (60), Tom Denton (Ryan Kendall 75), Nathan Hotte Curtis Bateson(Danny Emerton 79): Subs not used: Danny Hone, Liam King

Lowestoft Town: Elvijs Putnins, Harry Barker, Adam Smith,  Andrew Fisk (Dean Mason 20),Michael Spillane, Rossi Jarvis, Joe Marsden Shaun Bammant 63), Connor Deeks, Ryan Jarvis, Danny Crow (Jake Reed 63),  Chris Henderson Subs not used: Jake Jessup, Cruise Nyadzayo

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