North Ferriby United 1 Grimsby Town 2
NFU: Ryan Kendall 37
Grimsby Town: Nathan Arnold 34; Jon-Paul Pittman 72
14 July 2015
Vanarama National League side Grimsby were made to work hard for this victory by near-neighbours Ferriby. This was a thoroughly entertaining game between two sides that were fairly evenly matched on the night. However, neither manager will read too much in to the result. Pre-season games are all about players gaining match fitness and giving as many players as possible time on the pitch.
Ferriby were the more threatening overall in the first-half but the sides went in all-square at half-time. The Villagers went close twice before a four-man move ended with Russ Fry rattling the visitors’ cross bar with an 18-yard shot after 11 minutes.
Town keeper did well to beat Ryan Kendall to a through ball. Tom Denton the out-jumped keeper Andy Warrington but his header was cleared by a defender.
it was 17 minutes before Town had their first shot with debutant Andy Monkhouse dragging his shot wide.
Danny Clarke and Tom Davie were causing problems for Town’s defence down both flanks whilst Mark Gray and Ash Palmer were solid at the heart of Ferriby’s defence.
Grimsby gradually came more in to the game and Nathan Arnold fired an angled shot at Adam Nicklin.
Davie saw a shot blocked by a defender before town took the lead somewhat against the run of play after 34 minutes. A long ball found Padraig Amond on the left who cut in to see his shot blocked by Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin. Unfortunately for The Villagers the ball fell to Nathan Arnold who tapped-in from close range
The lead was fairly short-lived. A Town attack was halted when Josh Sunter’s shot was blocked for Ferriby to clear. An attempted back-pass by a Town player was latched on to by Ryan Kendall who slid the ball past the advancing Andy Warrington.
Billy Heath made seven changes at half-time but there was little difference to Ferriby’s determined performance. There were few chances at either end with midfield and defences largely on top.
Jamie Forrester dragged a shot wide for Ferriby then Danny Emerton hit a low cross that went past the far post.
Town responded with Arnold having a shot deflected for a corner.
The winning goal came after 72 minutes and it was a goal worthy of winning any game. A Grimsby player shielded and held-up the ball before laying it back to Jon-Paul Pittman who hammered an unstoppable shot past Tom Nicholson in the Ferriby goal.
Arnold, who had been a thorn in Ferriby’s side all night almost scored a third in the final minute but his low shot went narrowly wide.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a really competitive game with both sides looking to win. These games are not about results but I thought we deserved to take something from the game. We gave a good all-round team performance and looked good from front to back.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin (Tom Nicholson 45), Ben Middleton (Louis Bruce 45), Josh Wilde (Tom Davie 72), Nathan Hotte (Ross Armstrong 45), Ash Palmer (Ben Middleton 74) Mark Gray (Charlie Brownlie 68),, Danny Clarke (Lewis Clarkson 45 (Danny Clarke 86)), Russell Fry (Tim Taylor 45), Tom Denton (Jamie Forrester 45), Ryan Kendall (Tom Denton 66), Tom Davie (Danny Emerton 45), Subs not used: Jordan Douglas
Grimsby Town: Andy Warrington, Josh Sunter (Aristotle Nsiala 72), Richard Tait, Josh Gowling, Shaun Pearson, Marcus Marshall (Jack Mackreth 84), Craig Disley (Jon-Paul Pittman 45), Josh Venney ( Harry Clifton 62) Andy Monkhouse (Craig Clay 45), Padraig Amond, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Callum Bastock,