Saturday 3 December
North Ferriby United 1 Reece Thompson 31
Half-time: NFU 1 Gateshead 0
Struggling Ferriby completed the double over Gateshead who had a frustrating afternoon. The visitors will travel home wondering how they failed to take at least a point from the game.
Ferriby have rued their luck over recent weeks but today it went in their favour.
To a large extent you make your own good fortune. That said, it should not take away from the performance which was a great example of solid defending in midfield and defence and strikers who put pressure on the visiting defence.
Ferriby manager Steve Housham was in a buoyant mood after the game,
“I’m delighted for the players. They worked their socks off. We’ve done the double over a good side. It was a determined performance, better than in the last two games.. They all played well today.
There was little to choose between the sides in the first-half. Both had periods of pressure and created half chances. However, neither midfield really gained control and defences were largely on top.
Kyle Wootton was a handful for Gateshead’s central defenders all through the game and drew a couple of early saves from keeper Dan Hanford. Reece Thompson saw a shot saved.
Gateshead’s top scorer Danny Johnson should have scored after 12 minutes but Rory Watson came out quickly to block him. Paddy McLaughlin put a shot wide when he was allowd to run across the defence
Ferriby took the lead after 31 minutes. Taron Hare’s long cross was met by Reece Thompson who scored with a good first touch.
Johnson was out of luck shortly after when a header hit the bar and that was the closest Gateshead came before half-time.
Just on half-time, Ryan Fallowfield drew a flying save from Hanford.
Gateshead virtually camped in Ferriby’s half during the second period. The introduction of Wes York at half-time lifted their game and they had no end of opportunities.
It was obviously not Johnson’s day. He saw a shot bounce away off the post and had a number of other attempts blocked or go high and wide.
It was a similar story with Jamal Fyfield, Sam Jones, Liam Hogan and Mitch Brundle all went close as teh visitors pressed continuously.
The Villagers had a couple of chances. Sam Topliss fired against Hanford’s legs with Wootton screaming for a pass and the chance of a clear shot on goal. Ferriby have been criticised in recent games for not shooting on the half-chance. Perhaps today, they were a little guilty of shooting when others were better placed.
Ferriby’s defence put in a tremendous performance with some good tackling and solid defending. Mark Gray, in particular, was tremendous and missed little in the air.
Despite having to defend so much, Ferriby have to be given credit for the win. They have known the frustration of not putting chances away in recent games and dropping points because of that.
“Perhaps we rode our luck a little bit but Rory Watson only had two saves to make. We’re off the bottom of the table and that is a big boost for the players. “
It was good to hear a disappointed Gateshead manager, Neil Aspin, give Ferriby credit for their performance. It’s not always easy to be magnanimous in defeat.
The only downside for Ferriby was an injury to Fallowfield who had to be stretchered off in added time with a groin injury.
NFU: Rory Watson , Sam Topliss , Ben Middleton, Taron Hare, Mark Gray, Steve Brogan, Ryan Fallowfield (Jake Skelton 90+5), Ross Armstrong (Connor Oliver 83), Danny Emerton ( Curtis Bateson 70) Kyle Wootton, Reece Thompson
Subs not used: Ryan Kendall 70), Darryn Stamp,
Gateshead: Dan Hanford, James Bolton (Wes York 45) George Smith, Manny Smith, Liam Hogan, Jamal Fyfield,, Mitch Brundle, Danny Johnson Sam Jones , Russell Penn ( Luke Hannant 82), Paddy McLaughlin (Jordan Burrows 61)
Subs not used: Sam Johnson, Gus Mafuta