FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

NFU 2 Witton Albion 0 (Evo Prem)

Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division

North Ferriby United 2 Witton Albion 0

Ferriby returned to the top-of-the-table after this win over a battling Witton side that looked dead and buried at half-time.

After an even opening ten minutes Ferriby gradually took control of the first-half.

Witton had the first serious threat when a quick break from  a Ferriby free-kick  saw Ferriby exposed but a poor cross finished the move.

Ferriby responded immediately.  Gary Bradshaw's determination won the ball on the edge of the area and his inside pass saw Chris Bolder place the ball past Matt Cooper to give Ferriby a 12th minute lead.

A sweeping move that started in Ferriby's own six-yard box ended with ben hunter's cross being volleyed by Bradshaw against the underside of the bar.

Ferriby's passing game was causing continual problems for Witton and Ferriby deservedly doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Liam King raced on to Ryan Williams delightful through-ball past Witton's back four to score past the advancing Cooper.

Bradshaw was unlucky not to score on a number of occasions as his efforts were blocked or went narrowly wide. Another sweeping move saw Ryan Williams fire just wide from 15 yards.

The second-half was a total contrast as Witton took the game to Ferriby as they did not want to give-up their unbeaten away record without a fight. The introduction of Steve Foster at half-time gave Witton a sharper edge and the striker will think he should have finished with a goal. He hit the inside of the post, had a goal disallowed then saw a shot clip the bar.

Anthony Gardner saw his shot blocked by Adam Nicklin. The resulting corner flew low across Ferriby's six-yard box. Daniel Andrews shot wide as Witton continued to press. Nicklin then did well to save Josh hancock's shot as it deflected off Nathan Peat.

Ferriby defended well against Witton's pressure with Mark Gray putting-in a fine performance in the centre.

Ferriby's most dangerous moments again came through Bradshaw. Ryan Kendall had a goal disallowed for Ferriby

Witton may feel they should have gained something but Ferriby deserved the win for their fine attacking show in the first-half and solid defending in the second.

Ferriby manager Billy Heath was delighted to see hid side return to the top of the table. The team's performance in the first-half was full of confidence and skill and showed Ferriby at their attacking best.

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Ben Hunter (Steve Ridley 87)  ,  Chris Bolder (Russell Fry 63), Jack Muldoon Ryan Kendall 57), Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Williams Non-playing subs: Danny Clarke, Antoni Pecora 

Witton Albion: Matt Cooper, Anthony Gardner, Mat Wood, Ben Harrison (Josh Glover 45), Paul Booth, Anthony Sheehan, Josh Hancock, Rory Fallon (Steven Foster 45), Ashley Stott (Michael Moseley 88), Matthew Cross, Daniel Andrews. Non-playing subs: Shaun Tuck, Adam Clayton
 

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