Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United 1
Tom Denton 14
Brackley Town 1
Will Green 82
This was a game that Ferriby really should have won but they did not make the most of their opportunities, especially in the first-half.
In the end they could actually have lost as substitute Eric Odihambo wasted a golden opportunity in the dying moments of the game.
Ferriby controlled the first-half against a Brackley side that was well-organised defensively. However, the visitors still found Ferriby’s attacking play difficult to deal with.
Despite their control, it was the 13th minute before Ferriby had their first shot on target, a Danny Clarke drive from 18 yards that was deflected for a corner.
The Villagers took the lead a minute later. Russ Fry’s corner from the left reached Danny Clarke on the right side of the penalty area. Clarke’s attempted shot went straight back to Fry who crossed for Tom Denton to head home at the far post.
Ferriby had a good opportunity after 23 minutes. Gregg Anderson had a shot blocked following a Josh wilde free-kick and from the rebound Mark Gray fired over.
It was 28 minutes before Brackley had their first attempt on goal. Adam Nicklin did well to save with his feet as Ryan Rowe burst through on a quick break. This was Brackley’s only serious attempt on goal in the half.
Brackley had to do some desperate defending at times but The Villagers struggled to make clear-cut chances. Fry had a 25-yard shot blocked and Danny Clarke fired narrowly wide.
Visiting keeper Billy Turley was fortunate not to concede a goal when his attempted ground clearance bounced off Tom Denton and went wide. On the stroke of half-time danny Clarke almost scored with a cheeky back-heel that went through to Turley.
Ferriby opened the second-half with shots from Wilde, Liam King and Ryan Kendall but failed to seriously trouble Turley.
Jason St Just hit the bar after 64 minutes. He should perhaps have scored but the ball came to him quickly following a slip by a defender that allowed the ball to reach him.
Brackley showed more attacking intent in the second-half and pressed Ferriby back at times. However they carried little real threat but at this level every team creates a couple of good chances in a game and Brackley were no exception.
Greg Kaziboni hit a powerful shot narrowly wide on 75 minutes. After 82 minutes Brackley equalised. A hooked clearance from defence split the Ferriby defence and substitute Will green latched on to the ball before placing the ball past the advancing Nicklin.
Ferriby heaved a big sigh of relief in the dying seconds as Brackley really should have scored the winner. Another long ball left Eric Odihambo and Green with only Nicklin to beat but Odihambo slid the ball past the post.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It is a disappointing result. We really should have won but we did not take our chances. We should have been two or three in front by half-time. The goal was another poor one to concede and we should have done better with the clearance by their defender. In the end, it’s another point but frustrating for all that.”
This really was two points dropped rather than a point gained and but for Odihambo’s miss at the death, it could have been worse.
North Ferriby: NFU: Adam Nicklin, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Liam King Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Jon D’Laryea, Tom Nicholson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder, Nathan Peat
Brackley Town: Billy Turley, Dwayne Samuels, Chris Carruthers, Eddie Odihambo (Michael Built 73), Frank Sinclair, Ryan Austin, Ebby Nelson-Addy, Sam whittall, Ryan Rowe (Will Green 55), Greg Kazibonu, David Moyo (Eric Odihambo 87). Subs not used: Dan Farrell, Tom Sharpe