Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying
26 September 2015
Newton Aycliffe 0 North Ferriby United 0
Ferriby will be disappointed with this result against their lower ranked opponents. This was a game that provided a lot of endeavour but little excitement. Aycliffe deserved the draw for their perseverance and solid defending.
Ferriby had by far the greater possession and territorial advantage throughout the game but they never really imposed themselves on the home side.
The Villagers wasted good possession with some wayward passing and too many crosses that failed to beat the first defender.
Aycliffe played some good approach football in the first-half as they used both wings to launch attacks when they had the chance. Matty Moffatt and Dennnis Knight combined well to probe the Ferriby defence. However, like Ferriby, the home side carried virtually no goal threat.
Both sides saw shots blocked or go wide without worrying the keepers. Liam King hit three shots wide and had the solitary on-target shot which went straight to home keeper James Winter.
Paul Garthwaite, Zak Boagey and Moffat all saw shots blocked around the edge of the area when Aycliffe did get forward.
The closest either side came to scoring was when defenders at each end cleared the ball just short of the goal line.
Ferriby opened the second-half with a Tom Denton shot that drew a two-handed diving save from Winter.
This should have been the stimulus The Villagers needed but, unfortunately, they continued to lay as they did in the first-half.
As in the first-half, Ferriby had territorial advantage but created even lessin terms of goal chances. Ferriby constantly probed but to little effect as Aycliffe continued to defend well in both midfield and defence and there was little to excite the fans.
Denton almost won it for Ferriby after 81 minutes but his header bounced off the post.
A late break by Moffatt had the home fans on their feet but he was well blocked-out by the Ferriby defence.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a very frustrating afternoon. Our play lacked the quality that we expect. Our passing game was off and we created very few opportunities. We lacked penetration with our final ball.
“Credit to Aycliffe for their performance. What is important is that we are still n the draw and we have all to play for in the replay.”
Ferriby are at least in Monday’s 3rd Round Qualifying draw and they will feel that they should still make it through to the next round
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss (Ben Middleton 55), Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (Nathan Hotte 55), Tom Denton, Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, (Adam Bolder 73), Louis Bruce, Tom Davie
Newton Aycliffe: James Winter, Aaron Brown, Neil Pattinson, Alex Kitchen, Grant Hickman, Brian Close, Paul Garthwaite, Zak Boagey, Matty Moffatt, Dennis Knight, Jordan Laidler (Alan Harrison 90). Subs not used: Jack Gibson, Mark Stephenson, Richard Archer, Liam Mooney
The replay will take place at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday 29th September. The match kicks-off at 7.45pm. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Everybody must pay as season passes are not valid for cup-ties.