Vanarama National League North
13 February 2016
North Ferriby United 0 Harrogate Town 1
(Half-time: NFU 0 HT 1)
Harrogate: Lloyd Kerry 28
This was a disappointing and rather undeserved for Ferriby but in the end they were left to rue a number of really good scoring opportunities in the second-half.
Harrogate will be relieved to have taken all three points in this game between the promotion rivals. Despite the loss, The Villagers remain in second place.
The game was played in a strong and gusting wind which made life difficult for the players.
The first-half was end-to-end but lacked any real quality and both sides found it difficult to create chances against solid defences.
Town’s Jordan Thewlis forced Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin in to a diving save. At the other end, Peter Crook denied Curtis Bateson when he blocked the winger’s shot with his legs.
The pace of Thewlis and Brendan Daniels were at the heart of many Town attacks but they rarely created scoring opportunities.
Thewlis was denied a shot by a last-ditch tackle from Ash Palmer and Daniels saw a shot blocked.
Bateson saw Crook save again from an angled shot before Lloyd Kerry put Harrogate in front after 28 minutes. Kerry showed a good piece of skill to flicked home Jordan Thewlis’s low cross from the left.
The only other piece of real excitement in the half came after 45 minutes. Wayne Brooksby almost equalised but his close-range shot rebounded off the bar. In some ways, this was to sum-up what was to follow for Ferriby.
The second-half belonged to Ferriby in terms of chances. The opening minute saw Brooksby hit the post before Bateson saw Crook turn his shot round the post.
Kerry almost put Town two ahead after 53 minutes. Nicklin saved his first shot and the rebound hit the underside of the bar. Despite attacking with pace throughout the half, this was Town’s last on-target attempt.
It was not all one-way traffic as Town did mount attacks but Ferriby were left to rue missing a number of good chances.
Substitute Ryan Kendall delayed just long enough for Mason warren to stop him getting a shot in when well-placed. Kendall then placed a header in to Crook’s hand as the keeper came off his line. Tom Denton saw two headers go wide in situations where his finishing is usually so good. Brooksby hit another chance wide before Nat Brown got his face in the way of a Josh Wilde piledriver.
The game finished with Ferriby pressing forward but it was not their day.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“ It was a disappointing result. We had enough good chances to win a couple of games but we were not as clinical as we have been. We certainly deserved to take a point from the game and we would probably have been happy with that.
“The wind made life difficult for both sides and we struggled playing against it in the first-half. Credit to Harrogate for the way they defended.
“The top of the table is very tight and there will be plenty more twists and turns before the end of April. The pluses of the day are that we are still in the top five and we created chances.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton (Nathan Hotte 90+1), Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Ma rk Gray, Danny Clarke (Ryan Kendall 54) Russell Fry (Adam Bolder 88), Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby, Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Sam Topliss, Danny Emerton
Harrogate Town: Peter Crook, Lewis Turner, Mason Warren, Warren Burrell, Danny Ellis, Nat Brown, Jack Emmett (Joe Colbeck 63) Lloyd Kerry, Paul Clayton, Jordan Thewlis, Brendan Daniels Tom Platt 72). Subs not used: Dave McGurk, (Harry Coates, Lassana Isidibe