FA Cup Third Round Qualifying
Saturday 11 October 2014
North Ferriby United 2
Liam King 24; Nathan Jarman 85
Grantham Town 1
Alex Simmons 14
Nathan Jarman’s late goal saw Ferriby squeeze through this FA Cup tie after a tense and entertaining game. The Villagers are now in the Fourth Qualifying Round for the second successive and will now be opening to progress to the First Round Proper for the first time in the club’s history.
There was a definite sense of relief in the Ferriby camp at the final whistle. Grantham will feel hard done-by in a game where they offered a greater goal threat than Ferriby.
An entertaining first-half ended all square though neither keeper was seriously tested. Ferriby enjoyed the greater possession and territorial advantage but Grantham always looked dangerous on the break.
Ferriby thought they had won a penalty after just six minutes.Tom Denton was fouled in the six-yard area but the referee overturned his original decision after spotting his assistant signalling for off-side. The nearest Ferriby came to a goal was an Adam Bolder corner that drifted just wide at the far post.
On 14 minutes slack play in midfield by Ferriby allowed Alex Simmons to break through and place the ball past Adam Nicklin for the opening goal.
Ferriby were offering little goal threat whilst Grantham always appeared dangerous on the break as they used the pace and mobility of Jordan Hempenstall and Alex Simmons. However, like Ferriby they offered little direct threat on goal. One such attack was only stopped by a timely tackle from Danny Hone.
Ferriby equalised after 24 minutes. Josh Wilde fed Liam King who cut-inside to fire a low shot past Dan Haystead. Shortly after, Tom Denton placed a header wide then he later headed against the post.
Liam King was twice denied shots on goal by last-minute tackles as the half closed.
Grantham opened the second-half brightly but created no opportunities. Ferriby played themselves back in to the game and Haystead saved well from King. Gregg Anderson glanced a corner wide. It was the 73rd minute before Grantham seriously threatened in the second-half. Deon Meikle hit a rebound over the bar after his first shot was blocked.
Eleven minutes later, Anderson deflected Michael Towey’s shot for a corner which then led to a scramble at the far post before the ball was finally cleared.
Jarman’s 85th minute winner came after Josh Wilde fed Louis Bruce on the right and his cross was headed home from close-range.
Added time saw Grantham throw everything at Ferriby in a desperate search for an equaliser. Jack McGovern’s free kick was blocked and Ben Fairclough fired the rebound wide.
An almighty scramble in the Ferriby area saw Nicklin somehow manage to claw the ball away as it was inches short of crossing the line. Grantham’s last chance came with Meikle putting a header straight to Nicklin.
This was not a good performance from The Villagers but they got the result that takes them through to the next round. There were too many missed challenges and loose passes for their play to have any real fluidity. It really was a case of what is known as “winning ugly”!
Manager Billy Heath commented, “We got the win and that is what is most important. It wasn’t a good performance. However, we have played well in recent games against the likes of Chorley and Fylde and come away with nothing so it was good to see the reverse happen today.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Nathan Peat (Louis Bruce 80), Josh Wilde, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder (Jon D’Laryea 74), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Dan Clayton(Matt Wilson 90+3)
Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Mark Gray
Grantham Town: Dan Haystead, Sam Purcicoe, Deon Meikle, Tom Batchelor, Phil Watt, Laurie Wilson, Liam Dickens, Michael Towey, Jordan Hempenstall (Greg Smith 75), Alex Simmons (Ben Fairclough 85), Connor Johnson (Jack McGovern 89) Subs not used: Jake Turner, Will Rawden, Scott Matthews, Rhys Lewis