FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

NFU 1 Grimsby Town 1

North Ferriby United 1 Grimsby Town 1

Pre-Season Friendly
Ferriby gave what was probably their best pre-season performance against conference National side Grimsby Town. The Villagers will probably be a little disappointed not to have won as they were the more threatening side throughout.

The Villagers had the better of the first half and were a persistent threat to Grimsby. Gary Bradshaw went close on three occasions in the first 15 minutes as Ferriby pushed Grimsby back.

Bradshaw, again, and Ryan Kendall went close before Grimsby scored against the run of play. Anthony Elding helped the ball on to Liam Hearn who did well to turn and send an angled shot past Adam Nicklin.

Ferriby had to wait until the 44th minute before equalising. Ryan Kendall held-up the ball before laying it back to Neil Stevens who fired home from 20 yards.

 The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first. Steve Ridley and Kyle Nix both went close.

Grimsby's best opportunity came after an hour when the ball bounced around the Ferriby area with three shots all being blocked.

Grimsby found it difficult to penetrate Ferriby's penalty area as they were consistently closed down by a hard-working midfield and defence.

Ferriby thought they had won the game seven minutes from time. Ben hunter was played-in but his low shot was well-saved by Greg Fleming and Chris White's follow-up attempt was scrambled clear.

 Ferriby Manager Billy Heath was pleased with his side's performance ahead of what will be another testing fixture at Chester on Saturday.

NFU (First half): Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley, Neil Stevens, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Jack Muldoon, Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Kendall

NFU (Second half): Antoni Pecora, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley (James Williams 69), Neil Stevens (Ben Hunter 64), Paul Foot, Mark Gray, Chris White, Chris Bolder,  Lee Morris, Gary Bradshaw (Timothy Taylor 73) Kyle Nix

Grimsby Town: Gregg Fleming, Bradley Wood, Josh Morrall, Jack griffin, Simon Ford, Ben Cuff, Dayle Southwell, Andi Thanoj (Will Pears 85), Anthony Elding (Blaize Kerr 66), Liam Hearn (Robbie Bryant 36), Frankie Artus (Lewis Smith 66)

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