17 July 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Hull City 2
NFU: Danny Hone 12
Hull City: Greg Luer 53; Alex Bruce 60
City were made to work hard for this victory. Ferriby harassed and harried the visitors in midfield and defence. This was always going to be the case given City’s ability and passing game.
An entertaining first-half saw Ferriby leading 1-0 at the interval. Despite then end-to-end nature of the game, there were very few goal-scoring opportunities.
The Villagers took the lead after 12 minutes when Danny Emerton’s corner from the right was met at the far post by Danny Hone who powerfully headed home.
Midway through the half City began to gain more possession and territory but superb work by Ferriby’s midfield and defence frustrated the visitors.
Sone Aluko, whon was a constant threat all evening came close to an equaliser after 21 minutes with a 20-yard drive that dipped over the bar. Three minutes Aluko, again, dipped a shot just over after dispossessing Louis Bruce. Aluko was denied for a third time by a fine point-blank reaction save by Adam Nicklin. Just before half-time, Andrew Robertson broke down the left but was forced wide and his angled shot was taken comfortably by Nicklin.
City upped thetempo at the beginning of the second-half and Billy Heath’s much-changed side took a quarter of an hour to find their feet.
The equaliser came after 53 minutes. Aluko must have thought it was his night as his 20-yard free-kick bounced off the bar. The ball fell ton Greg Luer who headed home from close range.
Luer was proving a handful with his movement and he dragged a shot wide shortly afterwards. Ferriby were being pressed back and their only reply was a Russ fry free-kick that went straight to City keeper Eldin Jakupovic.
The winning goal came after 60 minutes when Matty Dixon’s left-wing corner was headed home by Alex Bruce. City continued to offer the greater threat after this but Ferriby re-grouped in midfield and defence and City were largely denied clear-cut chances.
Curtis Bateson’s shot was fumbled by Jakupovic before being cleared by a defender. Shortly afterwards, Bateson fired a low shot across the goal area.
.An off the ball incident in the 81st minute saw Alex Bruce leaving the field at the referee’s request meaning City finished with ten men having used all their substitutes.
Max Clark and Luer, twice, both went close. In the closing stages
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We did very well tonight. We made City work hard and we competed well. The first 15 minutes after half-time saw us rocking a little bit but we re-grouped and got ourselves back in to the game. We’ve had two very testing games this week against two fully professional sides and we have performed well.
NFU: Adam Nicklin (Tom Nicholson 72), Louis Bruce, (Ben Middleton 45), Josh Wilde, Liam King (Tim Taylor 67), Ash Palmer (Mark Gray 45), Danny Hone (Charlie Brownley 74), Danny Clarke (Tom Davie 45), Nathan Hotte (Russell Fry 45), Tom Denton (Lewis Clarkson 72), Ryan Kendall (Curtis Bateson 45), Danny Emerton (Jamie Forrester 65), Subs not used
Hull City: Allan McGregor (Eldin Jakupovicc 45), James Chester (Brian Lenihan 58), Curtis Davies, David Meyler (Max Clark 58), Tom Huddlestone ( Harry Maguire 45), Nikica Jelavic (Greg Luer 45), Michael Dawson (Alex Bruce 45) , Sone Aluko, Calum Jaraldo-Martin (Matty Dixon 45), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady (Conor Townsend 68)