Vanarama Conference North
Saturday 25 April 2015
North Ferriby United 0 Bradford Park Avenue 0
(HT: NFU 0 BPA 0 )
This was an entertaining game despite the lack of goals The game was played in wet and squally conditions and the result was probably the right one.
Ferriby and Bradford games are usually quite feisty affairs and this was no exception. That said, the game was played in a good spirit with barely a poor challenge. This was summed up by the battle between Ferriby’s Matt Wilson and Bradford’s Lamin Colley who had a tremendous tussle for the whole 90 minutes.
Bradford went close twice in the first five minutes particularly with Joe Colbeck’s 40-yard free-kick that flashed past the post.
Although it was an end-end-game throughout Ferriby had the better of the goal-scoring opportunities.As the game settled, Russ fry saw a shot blocked on the edge of the area.
Liam King was challenge as he was about to shoot and the ball ended up with Fry whose cross was headed just wide by Tom Denton.
Nathan Hottee saw his shot blocked by Danny hone for a corner.
Denton came closest to a goal when he headed Fry’s cross on to the bar. Colley then hit a weak shot at Tom Nicolson, Bradford’s only on-target shot of the half.
Bradford were rather fortunate after 30 minutes when Billy Priestley headed against Danby’s chest on the edge of the area under pressure from Ryan Kendall.
The best chances in the second-half fell to Ferriby. Keeper John Danby threw himself full-length to deny Denton. In the 49th minute Wilson’s headed into the net from a Fry free-kick but the “goal” was disallowed for off-side.
bateson hit a sot at danby but it lacked any real power. The only real threat after this saw Danby produce another diving save to deny Adam Bolder.
six minutes from the end Colley broke through but Wilson put in a great blocking tackle as the striker was about to shoot. It epitomised their individual tussle throughout the game.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a good performance to finish the season. Games against Bradford are always difficult and today was no exception.
“It would have been good to finish (the season) with a win. It’s been a memorable one for all connected with the club.”
NFU: Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Tim Taylor 69),, Danny Hone, Matt Wilson, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (Adam Bolder 50), Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Jason St Juste 53),, Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Nathan Peat, Mark Gray
Bradford Park Avenue: John Danby, Chris Howarth, Billy Priestley, Luke Dean, Ryan Qualter, Jamie Price(Chris Lever 14), Joe Colbeck, Nathan Hotte, Lamin Colley, Sam Patterson, Craig King Subs not used: Steven Boothman, Paul Walker