Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
North Ferriby United 2 Matlock Town 1
A hard-working Matlock side made Ferriby work hard for this deserved win. Ferriby had the lion's share of possession throughout the game but clear-cut chances were hard to come by.
Matlock had the better of the opening 10 minutes. James Lukic headed narrowly over, Massiah McDonald forced a save from Adam Nicklin and Glynn Cotton's shot hit the bar.
Ferriby played themselves back in to the game with some good approach work but found shots deflected or charged down by a determined Matlock defence.
Matlock's main threat came through McDonald whose pace and strength caused problems for the Ferriby defence all afternoon.
Gary Bradshaw and Jack Muldoon both saw cross shots go wide of the far post. Matlock keeper Kennedy just beat Ben Hunter to a well-flighted cross from Ryan Williams
The breakthrough came after 32 minutes. Chris Bolder had a shot blocked and Bradshaw pounced on the rebound to score from close range.
Jon Kennedy denied Liam King a second goal for Ferriby when he dived to turn the midfielder's shot for a corner. Either side of this save, Muldoon saw a shot go wide and Gregg Anderson headed just over from a Williams corner.
The second-half opened with Ferriby looking for a second goal. Kennedy had to be sharp on three occasions to deny Bradshaw.
Ferriby continued to press. Mark gray headed narrowly wide and Bradshaw's shot on the turn was blocked by a defender.
Nicklin saved well from Lewis McMahon to deny Matlock an equaliser. McDonald was still a thorn in Feriby's side and was involved in most of Matlock's attacks.
Ferriby went two ahead after 71 minutes when Ryan Kendall converted a penalty following Lee Featherstone's foul on Bradshaw.
Ferriby may have felt the game was secure but Matlock were back in the game two minutes later. McDonald fed Joe Leesley who fired past Nicklin with Ferriby's defence standing-off.
Nicklin denied Mcdonald an equaliser with a diving save from the striker's header.
The game finished on a controversial note when Bradshaw was sent-off in the 90th minute for a second yellow card after an altercation with Micky Harcourt.
Once again, Ferriby played well enough to deserve the win but they have yet to really start firing on all cylinders.
Manager Billy Heath commented; "I'm pleased with the win. There are times when you have to grind-out wins against teams who make life difficult for you."
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Ben Hunter (Steve Ridley 76), Chris Bolder, Jack Muldoon (Ryan Kendall 65), Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Williams (Danny Clarke 69) Non-playing subs:, Russell Fry, Antoni Pecora
Matlock Town: Jon Kennedy, Micky Harcourt, Lee Featherstone, Martin Foster, Oscar Radford (Kane Richards), James Lukic, Matthew Halmshaw (Jordan Thewlis 71), Adam Yates, Massiah McDonald, Lewis McMahon, Glyn Cotton (Joe Leesley 71), Non-playing subs: Shaun Tuton, Nick Buxton