NFU 1 Torquay United 0
Saturday 20 August 2016
North Ferriby United 1 Torquay United 0
Scorer NFU: Danny Clarke 69 minutes
Danny Clarke’s 69th minute goal was enough to give Ferriby the points and give them a second win of the week.
The decisive moment came when good link up play by Danny Emerton and Connor Robinson found Clarke who turned his marker and fired in from close range.
The first half had been a tight affair, The Villagers just about shaded it but chances were at a premium. Torquay had a great chance in the opening five minutes, Blissett had time and space in the box but was denied by a great last ditch tackle by Liam Slade.
With a strong wind behind him Taron Hare’s long throws caused the Torquay defence all sorts of problems without any clear cut chances, a Danny Clarke flick from one just evading Kendall was the pick. The closest the Villagers came to a goal in the first half was on the stroke of half time when Danny Emerton’s corner was clawed away by Moore in the Torquay goal just under his cross bar.
The second half started with a host of opportunities. Slades slip let in Sparkes who went through one and one with Watson, the keeper brilliantly claimed the ball at the strikers feet. Then for Ferriby Danny Clarke won the ball in midfield and his great pass sent Ryan Kendall clear but his lob over the keeper went wide. Watson then produced another great save but the ball fell to Sparkes whose goal bound shot was cleared off the line by the outstanding Mark Gray who had one of his best games in a Ferriby shirt. As in the first half Ferriby grew into the game and they looked to be getting on top when Clarke’s goal went in. Torquay threw everything at the Villagers in the closing stages but Ferriby’s excellent back four of Middleton, Gray, Slade and Hare held on well.
Watson, Middleton, Hare, Gray, Slade, Russell, Clarke (c), Oliver, Kendall (Robinson 62 mins), Bateson (Mukendi 82 mins), Emerton. Subs not used: Fosu-Mensah, Fallowfield, Topliss.
Moore, Verma (c), McGinty, Rowe-Turner, Lathorpe (Ward 78 mins), Chaney (Reid 32 mins), Young, Williams (Chamberlain 62 mins), Sparkes, Blissett, Gallfuoco. Subs not used: Nicholson, Robba.