Vanarama National League North
22 August 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Hednesford Town 1
Tom Denton 84 Kennedy Digie 59
Another late goal saw Ferriby snatch a point and a third successive 1-1 draw.
The game was played in hot and humid conditions with a stiffish breeze blowing down the pitch throughout. Both sides tended to over-hit the ball when playing with the breeze at their backs.
It was a match of half-chances with Town’s Dave Parton having to make the only notable save of the game. This came after 41 minutes when Tom Denton’s downward header allowed Ryan Kendall to hit a snap-shot which Parton turned away.
Curtis Tilt and Ben Bailey played well at the centre of Hednesford’s defence and largely nullified the threat of Denton and Kendall. The strikers worked hard all through the match but were given little time or space in which to work.
Hednesford had the better of the midfield battle but with Ferriby’s back four defended well against the pace of Ahmed Obeng and Nathan Modest. This restricted Town’s opportunities.
Ferriby, equally, struggled to create chances.
Both sides saw shots blocked as defenders closed down. Other efforts from each side went high or wide. Adam Nicklin and Parton spent most of their time dealing with crosses.
In the first-half, Liam King hit two shots straight to Parton. Nicklin punched away a cross-cum-shot from Sean Williams in what was Town’s closest first-half goal threat.
The second-half followed a similar pattern. Hednesford were more dominant in midfield but managed only one shot on target before and after the goal.
King volleyed a clearance just over the bar whilst Obeng and Bailey went close for Hednesford.
Ferriby upped their tempo and the equaliser came after 84 minutes. Russell Fry floated a free-kick from the half-way line for Denton to head home at the far post.
Town now dropped back and seemed to have settled for the point. It was almost fatal for them as a King header in the dying seconds went narrowly wide.
It certainly does not pay to leave The Villagers’ games before the final whistle these days!
The result was perhaps a fair one in the end. Hednesford will feel they should have taken all the points but they did struggle to create opportunities and threaten the Ferriby goal.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“In the end, I’m pleased with a point. We lacked a bit of quality today but the one thing I cannot fault is the players’ effort. We worked hard as a team and we did well to score another late goal.
"Injuries are disrupting us a little at the moment. That means changing the line-up and this often makes consistency a little harder to achieve.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Danny Clarke (Danny Emerton 61), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson (Tom Davie 76): Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Ross Armstrong, Sam Topliss
Hednesford Town: Dave Parton, Andy Todd, Curtis Tilt, Ben Bailey, Tyrone Williams, Tom Thorley, Sean Williams, Nathan Modest (Paul Ennis 86), Kyle Perry (Marvin Robinson 56), Ahmed Obeng (Jon Adams 78), Kennedy Digie. Subs not used: Tom James, Chris Spencer