Saturday 1 March
Report by Phil Withers
North Ferriby United 2 Vauxhall Motors 0
NFU: Danny Hone 18; Nathan Jarman 61
The opening 10 minutes were fairly even with neither keeper seriously threatened except for high crosses. Ferriby gradually took control.
Nathan Jarman played a delightful chip across the goal area but unfortunately it was out of reach for Ferriby’s incoming players.
Liam King saw a shot deflected for a corner. Jamie Yates took the kick and the ball finally reached Danny Hone who turned to fire acrobatically under the bar for the opening goal after 18 minutes.
Ferriby controlled the remainder of the half and regularly threatened Zac Jones goal. Vauxhall were restricted to quick breaks and managed only one off-target shot.
Jones made a good save from man-of-the-match Liam King as The Villagers piled-on the pressure. Russ Fry fired wide before Jarman saw a close-range shot blocked for a corner. Mark Gray headed over from Yates kick.
Recent signing Lewis Mcmahon drew a good save from Jones. On the stroke of half-time Jones had to race outside his area to head clear. His header found Yates whose first time shot went narrowly wide.
Ferriby were well-worth their half-time lead as they were rarely troubled by Vauxhall who did not manage one shot on goal.
Vauxhall started the second-half in determined style but could not create any significant goal attempt despite their pressure.
Ferriby soon regained control. Gray headed just over from a Yates’ corner. Nathan Peat’s cross-cum-shot evaded McMahon as he surged in to the goal area and another Peat cross evaded everybody when it needed just a touch to score.
Jarman sealed the game for Ferriby with an amazing goal. Andy Nicholas was shepherding the ball over the goal-line when Jarman somehow managed to get a foot in to score from the narrowest of angles.
Liam King was unlucky to not add a third when his surging run ended with him firing narrowly wide.
There was controversy in the 78th minute. Vauxhall’s Louis Barnes was sent-off for foul and abusive language after 77 minutes following a disputed off-side call. Motors had a couple of attempts on goal and Adam Nicklin finger-tipped Steve Tames shot for a corner. This was Vauxhall’s only on-target shot.
This was a very good all-round performance. The defence were never in trouble and the midfield controlled play. Jarman and McMahon created problems up front
The win keeps Ferriby in second-place and consolidates their position in the play-off spots. With no midweek fixture, The Villagers have a chance to get over niggling injuries.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “This was a god win. We were on the front foot all through the game and controlled the game in every area of the pitch.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Lewis McMahon (Matt Wilson 62), Nathan Jarman, Jamie Yates (Tom Davie 90)
Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Louis Bruce
Vauxhall Motors: Zac Jones, Stephen Wainwright, Louis Barnes, Tom Hannigan, Andy Nicholas, Chris Noone, Steve Tames, Karl Clair, Shaun Tuck (Tom Rutter 63), Lloyd Ellams, Dan Fearnehough Subs not used: Adam Hughes, Gary Martindale, Anthony Wright (Only 4 nominated subs)