Vanarama National League
29 August 2016
North Ferriby United 0 Barrow AFC 1
Richard Bennett 90+2
This result was really tough on Ferriby. They had matched Barrow throughout the game but lost their unbeaten home record to an added-time goal from substitute Richard Bennett.
A keenly contested first-half ended goalless despite both sides attacking at every opportunity.
barrow started well and had the better of the first 15 minutes. Ryan Yates and Byron Harrison both went close for the visitors. Ryan Williams was creating problems with his pace and control down the left. Williams was a threat all afternoon with his crosses both from open play, corners and free-kicks. He also took the majority of Barrow’s throw-ins when attacking.
Ferriby’s back-four of Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton, Mark Gray and Taron Hare along with keeper Rory Watson dealt well with Barrow’s aerial threat. Barrow are a tall strong side and they attempted to use these attributes at every opportunity. To The Villagers’ credit, they won a large share of high balls and the constant challenging on the high ball made it difficult for Barrow to really capitalise on their height advantage.
Ferriby gradually played themselves in to the game as an attacking force but had only two off-target shots from Curtis Bateson and Connor Oliver to show for their efforts.
Barrow continued to look the more threatening. Harrison, hassled , Gray, put a good chance wide. Watson made a comfortable save from Liam Hughes before coming out quickly to thwart Ross Hannah.
Ferriby finally found their attacking feet in the last 20 minutes of the half. Bateson was causing problems on the left-hand side. He put one shot wide before seeing a low cross roll across the face of the goal only inches from the goal-line.
Barrow went close when a Hughes cross clipped the top of the bar on its way to the far side. It was the closest thing to a goal in the half.
The second-half belonged mostly to Ferriby in terms of territory and possession but they found it difficult to break down a stubborn Barrow defence.
A good ball from Connor Oliver found Ryan Kendall whose shot on the turn drew a save from keeper Joel Dixon. Danny Clarke’s run across the area ended with the skipper shooting wide.
Hare’s long throws created problems and Bateson was still causing problems. In the end, arrow had to double-mark him, not that it made much difference.
Barrow attacked when they had the chance but they were not really testing the Ferriby defence. They got no change from The Villagers’ defence with Oliver and Simon Russell doing good defensive work in midfield plus prompting attacks.
Bateson and Middleton fired wide before Barrow had their first goal effort of the half after 79 minutes. Hughes fired a free-kick narrowly wide.
Ferriby were playing some good passing football and were getting crosses in much earlier than in recent games. Barrow played more of a long-ball game.
The visitors came to life for the final eight minutes with Williams prominent. One of his corners was turned on the bar for a corner and a shot was well-saved by Watson.
Cruelly, it was a Williams throw that was headed-on in added time to allow Bennet to score a well-taken winner.
Ferriby deserved so much more but they will have taken confidence from this performance.
Manager Steve Housham commented,
“I’m gutted for the players. They did not deserve that result. I was proud of their performance because they gave everything.. It was probably our best so far and it hurts to get no reward.
“The fitness levels today were great, especially after the long trip to Aldershot. We’d emphasised Barrow’s strentghs from set pieces and defended them well until being undone right at the end.
“No doubt, we will play worse and win but today hurts.”
North Ferriby United
Rory Watson, Ben Middleton, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver, Danny Clarke, Simon Russell, Curtis Bateson, Ryan Kendall (Conner Robinson 71), Danny Emerton (Vinny Mukendi 90+2) Subs unused: Sam Topliss, Ryan Fallowfield, Alfons Fosu-Mensha
Barrow AFC: Joel Dixon, Andy Parry, Nick Anderton, Danny Livesey, Moussa Diarra (Euan Murray 62), Liam Hughes, Paul Turnbull, Ryan Yates, Ross Hannah (Richard Bennett 62), Byron Harrison, (Andy Haworth 81), Jordan Williams. Subs not used: Alex Ray-Harvey, Lindon Meikle