Vanarama National League North
15 August 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Solihull Moors 1
Tom Denton 37 James Armson 90+2
A James Armson added-time goal denied Ferriby all three points. However, the draw was a fair result overall.
Ferriby had to make two late changes to Tuesday’s victorious side as both Liam King and Curtis Bateson were unavailable due to injury.
An entertaining game saw Ferriby dominate the first-half but they were left to rue their missed chances.
It was actually Solihull who almost opened the scoring on five minutes. Darryl Knights broke through but was denied a goal by Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin in a one-on-one. From then on it was nearly all Ferriby.
A Danny Emerton corner saw the ball reach Kendall on the edge of the area but his first-time volley was blocked for a corner.
Emerton’s corner was pushed away by Lewis to Danny Clarke on the edge of the area but Clarke’s header went narrowly over.
Kendall lost-out in a one-on-one with Lewis as Ferriby maintained the pressure. Danny Hone and Denton both went close with headers.
Kendall saw a powerful first-time volley go straight to Lewis. And all this in the first 30 minutes.
Solihull were left with nothing but quick breaks through Akwasi Asante and Darryl Knights but Adam Nicklin was not seriously troubled.
The Villagers defended well when they had to. The midfield were creative and sprayed the ball out to both flanks, where Emerton, in particular caused problems. Denton and Kendall were a handful with their control and movement. To a large extent, Moors defence was held together by skipper Theo Streete who played well through-out
The goal that The Villagers deserved came after 37 minutes. Tom Denton ghosted behind the defence to glance home Josh Wilde’s cross.
The tables were turned in the second-half as Solihull took the game to Ferriby.
Early pressure resulted in a series of corners and throw-ins tell but Ferriby defended well to deny goal-scoring opportunities.
At the other end, Solihull skipper Theo Streete who managed to hustle Kendall wide as the striker headed for goal. Streete was a rock in Solihull’s defence.
Adam Walker could have equalised after 49 minutes but his shot from the edge of the area went straight to Nicklin.
Attempts on goal were then very limited until the final 10 minutes of play when Solihull again exerted pressure on the Ferriby defence.
Jack Byrne headed a Knights’ corner wide at the near post.
Immediately after, Nicklin did well to reach the ball just ahead of the in-rushing Knights.A scramble in the Ferriby six-yard box saw the ball hit the bar with Denton heading the follow-up off the line.
A Knights corner was headed against the bar by Ryan Beswick and in the scramble that followed Denton headed off his own line.
Just when it looked as if Ferriby would hold on to win, Akwasi Asante latched on to a defensive error to set-up James Armson to fire home a low 18-yard shot.
The equaliser was no more than Solihull deserved for their second-half performance.
One concern for Ferriby is the fact that Danny Hone had to be substituted due to a knee injury and could be out of action for a few weeks.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“This was another good performance. We played well all over the field. We had enough chances in the first-half to settle the gme. We defended very well in the second-half and their goal was disappointing because we did enough to win.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Russell Fry, Ash Palmer, Danny Hone (Sam Topliss 70), Danny Clarke, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Danny Emerton (Adam Bolder 81), Subs not used: Ross Armstrong, Tom Nicholson, Tom Davie
Solihull Moors: Danny Lewis, Michael Nottingham, Connor Franklin, Liam Daly, Theo Streete, Gareth Dean, Akwasi Asanti, Adam Walker (James Armson 75),, Andy Brown (Callum Gittings 45), Ryan Beswick (Jack Byrne 45),, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Byfield, Gavin Cowan,