Vanarama National League North
28 December 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Bradford Park Avenue 0
Scorer: Tom Denton 64
Ferriby deserved this win that saw them remain in third place in the Vanarama national League North. However they had to play out the final 20 minutes with 10 men after Ben Middleton was sent-off for a second caution.
The Villagers had the greater possession and territorial advantage throughout the game. Despite having far more scoring opportunities they actually had few shots on target.
A fairly entertaining first-half was lacking in the way of significant goal-scoring threat. Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin and his Bradford counterpart Jon Stewart only had one save each to make. Both sides each saw a goal-bound attempt cleared off the line.
Tom Denton was the first to see a goal-bound cleared when his shot was cleared in the third minute. Middleton saw a header go narrowly wide and Ash Palmer fired just over the bar as Ferriby took the game to Bradford.
It was 12 minutes before Bradford had their first attempt on goal and Nicklin did well to get down and block Craig King’s powerful shot.
Liam King should have hit the target when well-placed and Ferriby almost paid the price for this miss shortly afterwards. This time Denton was back on his own goal-line to clear off the line following a Bradford corner.
The final 20 minutes of the half saw chances and half-chances fall to Ferriby but the division’s top scorers were lacking their usual accuracy.
Denton saw a shot well saved by Stewart before Palmer, Danny Clarke and Curtis Bateson all went close.
Craig King offered the greatest threat for the visitors who tried hard to give Ferriby’s Wembley star, Jason St Juste, in to the game. However he got little change out of Ben Middleton
The second-half followed a similar pattern up to The Villager’s goal.
However, it was Bradford who had the first opportunity with Richard Marshall heading wide at the near-post.
The Villagers countered with a Denton header that was cleared off the line as far as Russ Fry who curled an 18-yard shot just over the bar. Bateson saw a shot deflected for a corner from which Denton’s downward header bounced over the bar.
The deciding goal came after 64 minutes. Middleton’s surging run down the right saw him put a cross to Denton and the striker’s header found the back of the net off a covering defender on the line.
Ferriby seemed to have the game under control but after 71 minutes Middleton was set-off for a second yellow card. Bradford started to push forward more but they offered little serious threat on goal. Ferriby pressed them in midfield and were strong at the back.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“We deserved this win. We played well as a team and kept our nerve after Ben’s sending-off. We knew it would be a tough game from the start but our approach and attitude was right. It was a great response from the players after Saturday’s game at Gainsborough.”
This was an important win as it keeps Ferriby in the top five. The situation with the top six clubs is quite fluid and one win or defeat can make a significant difference in league position.
NU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Nathan Hotte, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Danny Emerton (Sam Topliss 72), Curtis Bateson Subs not used: Adam Bolder, Tom Nicholson, Ryan Kendall, Mark Gray
Bradford Park Avenue: Jon Stewart, Jake Scott, Adam Mather, Nathan Turner, Ryan Qualter, Billy Priestley, Craig King, Paul Marshall (Danny Schofield 68), James Walshaw ( Lamin Colley 85), Richard Marshall (Michael Potts 85) Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Tom Burgin, Alex Pursehouse