Vanarama National League North
23 January 2016
North Ferriby United 2 Brackley Town1
NFU: Danny Clarke 21; Tom Denton 51
Brackley Town: David Moyo 58
On a day when three of the top six clubs lost, this was a really good result for The Villagers who moved to within a point of leaders Solihull who were hammered 6-0 at Harrogate.
Ferriby’s visitors Brackley belied their lowly league position in an entertaining game that saw both sides attacking at every opportunity.
Throughout the game, both defences were often forced in to hasty clearances and last-ditch challenges as each team looked for goals. Despite some good approach play, both sides struggled to create chances and good scoring opportunities were few and far between.
Ferriby almost took the lead after five minutes but Town keeper Sam Hornby produced a superb flying one-handed save to deny Liam King.
Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin saved comfortably from Matt Lowe and was off his line quickly to take the ball off the incoming David Moyo’s feet. Glenn Walker then shot just over the Ferriby bar.
Curtis Bateson shot over as Ferriby pressed. Bateson and Danny Emerton created problems for the Brackley defence. Brackley’s greatest threats came from Moyo and Tom Winters.
The only goal of the half came after 21 minutes. Danny Clarke received Josh Wilde’s throw-in and ran on before hitting an angled drive beyond Hornby.
Brackley almost equalised after 38 minutes when Nicklin had to tip over a header from Walker.
Ferriby raised the tempo at the beginning of the second-half. Emerton shot wide before Tom Denton doubled the lead with a header after 51 minutes. Denton’s long cross-field pass found Emerton on the right and Denton was in position in the six-yard box to head home under pressure from Hornby.
This should probably have settled Ferriby down but a defensive error after 58 minutes allowed Moyo to pull a goal back with a 25-yard shot in to the top corner.
The rest of the game was a nervy affair for The Villagers despite there being little goal threat at either end after this. In fact, it was Brackley who came closest to a goal. They were unlucky not to equalise after 88 minutes. Nicklin turned a shot on to the post and Sam Topliss cleared just short of the line.
In the end, Ferriby deserved the victory as they carried a little more threat than Brackley but the visitors will be disappointed to have not gained a point.
It as an entertaining game, if not always pretty. There was a lot at stake for both teams and in the end it was Ferriby who held their nerve to take a win that they deserved. They had the better of the second-half and carried more goal-threat overall.
“This was one of those games where the result mattered more than the performance. On balance we deserved to win. The players showed their character against a Brackley side that played well.
“We defended well and scored two good goals. Looking at the fact that Solihull, Nuneaton and Fylde all lost makes this result even more important.
“There is still a lot of football to be played but we are in a good position. However, as always, we will take it one game at a time and prepare for next Saturday’s game against Worcester.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Nathan Hotte (Mark Gray 74), Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (Adam Bolder 72), Tom Denton (Ryan Kendall 79), Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Danny Hone
Brackley Town: Sam Hornby, Liam Slade, Stephan Morley, Matt Lowe (Sam Smith 85), Junior English, Pablo Mills, Tom Winters (Aidan Hawtin 78), Glenn Walker, David Moyo, Steve Diggin Richard Batchelor. Sub not used: Mike Noon, Eddie Odihambo, Curtis McDonald