FA Trophy 3rd Round Qualifying
28 November 2015
North Ferriby United 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels 2
Wayne Brooksby 5 Scott Ruthven 72, 74
Ferriby crashed out of this year’s FA Trophy and in the end could have no real complaints about the result.
It was a disappointing performance by The Villagers who got off to the best possible start, taking the lead after just five minutes. On-loan returnee Wayne Brooksby scrambled the ball over the line from very close range after a goal-mouth melee.
This should have settled Ferriby’s nerves but they made little impression on Stockbridge’s defence. Ferriby had the greater possession during the first-half but offered little serious goal threat.
Good approach play was wasted as the final passes lacked direction and precision. Liam King and Brooksby both hit shots at Steels’ keeper David Reay. The keeper reacted well to block Tom Denton on the corner of the penalty area.
other than those efforts, Ferriby’s efforts were off-target.
With Adam Bolder controlling midfield for Ferriby, Stocksbridge were limited to infrequent attacks. On these occasions they looked good with Scott Ruthven and Joe Lumsden working hard. Like Ferriby, though, they offered limited threat. Ferriby keeper Tom Nicholson did well to block a Lumsden effort on the stroke of half-time.
Stocksbridge came more in to the game in a second-half that was played in increasingly gusty wind and rain.
Ruthven was foiled by a Nicholson block before Ferriby saw efforts by King and Curtis Bateson blocked by defenders.
Harrison Biggins sliced one shot wide then wasted a good near-post chance as Steels upped the pressure.
Ferriby again struggled to find an incisive final pass and rarely threatened keeper Dave Reay.
It was little surprise when Stocksbridge equalised after 72 minutes. Errors in the Ferriby penalty area allowed Ruthven to score from close range. Two minutes later the striker sealed the game pouncing on a loose ball after Nicholson parried a Lumsden shot.
Ferriby put some late pressure on the Steels’ defence with David Reay saving well from Bateson and Mark Gray putting a header just wide of the post.
Ferriby could say that they had little luck with loose balls going their way in and around the Steels’ penalty area but you make your own luck and Steels seemed to have that greater commitment.
In the end, Stocksbridge deserved the win for their resolute defending and commitment.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“The result is obviously very disappointing. We scored early but did not really lift ourselves and take the game by the throat. Our final ball let us down and we didn’t threaten as much as we could have done.
“Credit to Stocksbridge, they played well and came back well in the second-half.”
NFU: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton (Louis Bruce 65) Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke (Ryan Kendall 75), Adam Bolder (Russell Fry 81) , Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby, Curtis Bateson Subs not used: Nathan Hotte, Danny Emerton
Stocksbridge Park Steels: DavidReay, Josh Meade, Alex Brown, Richard Patterson, Liam McFadyen, Matt Reay, Ben Rhodes (Adam Hinchliffe 65), Harrison Biggins, Scott Ruthven (Lee Garside 87), Joe Lumsden (Ryan Laight 87). Corey Gregory, Subs not used: Andrew Fox, Louis Shaw,