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

Marine 1 NFU 3 (Evo Prem)

Marine 1-3 North Ferriby United

North Ferriby maintained their position atop the Evo Stik League Premier Division after coming from a goal down to snatch all three points from a tough trip to Marine. The victory sees the Villagers equal the league record of sixteen away wins in a season, having already surpassed the club record a few weeks earlier.

In a game played in glorious sunshine on a smooth pitch, both teams were able to showcase their crisp passing in what proved to be a very open first half, and it was the hosts who made the breakthrough. Former Swansea City star Lee Trundle played a looping ball into the box, where his strike partner Will Jones teed himself up for a shot on the turn that crept beyond the grasp of Adam Nicklin in the Ferriby goal after just nine minutes.

Knowing any dropped points could be fatal to their title bid, a fired-up Ferriby instantly searched for an equaliser, Liam King coming perilously close after turning and lashing a low drive just wide of the far post.

Having bossed possession but been frustrated by the well-drilled Marine defence, the visitors were finally able to break the Merseysiders' resolve on 33 minutes, when Ryan Kendall burst into the box and was tripped by Danny Grannon. Kendall sent Ryan McMahon the wrong way from the spot to level the scores.

 Ferriby were now oozing confidence and a second goal didn't seem far away. Indeed, it was just three minutes later when Anthony Wilson rose unimpeded to nod home Russell Fry's corner and give Billy Heath's men a valuable lead going into the break.

Ferriby were almost able to give themselves further breathing space soon after the break, a chain of passes across the box ended with Kendall laying off for the onrushing Paul Robson, but the full back blazed over from close range. Kendall himself could have added a second when another looping Fry corner found his head, but his effort was slightly too high.

At the other end, Nicklin thwarted a Jones effort at close quarters, and when the Marine man sprung the offside trap to bear down on goal a short while later, an equaliser seemed inevitable. However, the keeper was able to block expertly with his feet, and jumped in to smother the rebound.

 Ferriby were still carving out numerous attacking options, Fry's free kick was hurtling toward the top corner before McMahon's intervention, and in added time the coup de grace was finally added when substitutes Steve Ridley and Gary Bradshaw combined as Bradshaw smartly tucked Ridley's cross into the bottom corner.

Ferriby take on Curzon Ashton in the Doodson Sport Cup final at Farsley AFC's Throstle Nest ground on Tuesday as they look to take the first step toward a potential treble. Next Saturday sees them return to the business of the league with their penultimate fixture at home to Chorley.

Man of the Match: Russell Fry (North Ferriby)

Attendance: 472

Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King (Chris Bolder 74), Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (c), Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Gary Bradshaw 87), Ryan Williams (Steve Ridley 76) Subs not used: Rob Youhill, Antoni Pecora

Marine: Ryan McMahon ©, Shaun Dowling, John Shaw, Matty Brown, Danny Grannon, Robbie Lawton (Liam Rice 76), Matty Devine (Stephen Johnson 66), Jonathan Goulding, Will Jones, Lee Trundle (Nick Rogan 66), Sean Doherty Subs not used: Michael Ordish, Callum Williams

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