Vanarama Football Conference North
7 March 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Lowestoft Town 2
Half-time: NFU 0 LT : 0
NFU: Liam King 58 pen
Lowestoft Town: Lee Smith 51; Jake Reed 84
After the high emotion of last Saturday’s semi-final victory over Bath City and a long and tiring midweek trip to Oxford, it is not really surprising that Ferriby gave a rather subdued performance. This was particularly noticeable in the second-half.
The first-half was a relatively even and free-flowing affair in terms of possession and territory. Neither side really created any significant chances with both defences pretty much on top.
Danny Clarke was prominent in Ferriby’s early attacks. He had a cross deflected by a defender just beyond the in-rushing Nathan Jarman. Clark had a 25-yard shot blocked before being denied by keeper Ashlee Jones who dashed off his line to beat Clarke to the ball.
After 15 minutes Ferriby keeper Jonathan Hedge did well to save from Robert Eagle after the Lowestoft player had been set-up by Dean Mason. This was the closest to a goal in the half from either side. Dean Mason was involved in most of Lowestoft’s attacks throughout the game until his late substitution
Attacks from both teams broke down around the area as defences and the two midfields stifled most attacks.
The second-half was more eventful. Lowestoft pushed-back Ferriby for much of the time and looked the more likely to score throughout the half. The Villagers played well enough but there was clearly an element of tiredness about their play. Lowestoft, as would be expected, capitalised on this.
Lowestoft had a much more positive approach throughout the half. They opened with an Eagle shot straight at Hedge. The visitors took the lead after 51 minutes when Lee Smith’s 20-yard low free-kick just evaded Hedge’s grasp just inside the left-hand post. Shortly after, Hedge had to push away Rossi Jarvis’s shot.
The lead lasted 7 minutes. Andrew Fisk was adjudged to have fouled Tom Denton in the area. Keeper Ashlee Jones managed to push Liam King’s penalty on to the post but the ball bounced in to the goal.
Despite this, Ferriby found it difficult to raise their energy levels and goal threats were really at a premium. Lowestoft always looked the more likely to score.
Omar Sowumni shat wide then placed a header at Hedge. Jake Reed should have given Lowestoft the lead after 70 minutes. In a one-on-one with Hedge he managed to lift the ball in the keeper’s hands.
Hedge was in teh tick of the action again when his stumble allowed a tackle to come in. Fortunately the ball bounced clear and Hedge was able to fall on it.
The winner came after 84 minutes. Substitute Bradley Wood-Garness floated in a cross and Reed found space to head home powerfully past Hedge.
Ferriby did have one late opportunity to equalise but Danny Clarke’s shot went narrowly wide as defenders close-in on him.
Ferriby could have no grumbles with the final result. Lowestoft created far more opportunities and defended well.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was always going to be a difficult game. The midweek trip to Oxford had an effect as the players did not get to bed until around 3 o’clock on Thursday morning. That’s not ideal when you have work to go to. Despite that, we played well defensively and our midfield and strikers kept trying to create problems for Lowestoft.
“That’s not to take any credit from Lowestoft. They had the better chances and deserved the win.”
NFU: Jonathan Hedge, Sam Topliss,Nathan Peat (Josh Wilde 66), Liam King, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Danny Clarke, Adam Bolder, Tom Denton (Ryan Kendall 62), Nathan Jarman (Curtis Bateson 72), Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Mark Gray
Lowestoft Town: Ashlee Jones, Lee Smith, Adam Smith, Andrew Fisk, Omar Sowumni, Sam Gaughran, Dean Mason (Bradley Wood-Garness 80),, Rossi Jarvis, Jake Reed (Shaun Bammant 90),, Erkan Okay, Robert Eagle (Chris Henderson 69),. Sub not used: Jake Jessup, Dawid Radomski