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

NFU 3 Blyth Spartans 2 (Evo Prem)

Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division

North Ferriby United 3 Blyth Spartans 2

Ferriby made it three wins out of three over the Festive season as they gained a deserved victory over Blyth Spartans.

Ferriby's joy was compounded by the defeat of second-placed Hednesford Town who are now seven points behind The Villagers.

Ferriby virtually dominated the first half and should Have gone in two or three goals ahead rather than a scoreline of one all.

Strike duo Anthony Wilson and Ryan Kendall again caused problems for the opposition and it was Wilson who set-up Kendall to shoot wide after 11  minutes.

Blyth keeper Conor Grant did well to hold a Dean Lisles header under the bar and then got himself behind Gregg Anderson's 20-yard drive.

The goal Ferriby deserved came after 20 minutes.  Liam King found Williams whose through ball allowed Kendall to cross to the far post for Wilson to head home.

Gregg Anderson had an opportunity to double the lead but flicked over the bar from Williams free-kick.

Blyth equalised against the run of play after 29 minutes. A mix-up between Adam Nicklin and Anderson allowed Ryan McGorrigan to nip between them for the ball and score.

Lisles was unlucky not to score when his header from a Williams corner was cleared off the line. As the ball bounced around Lisles fired in a shot from the edge of the area but this was blocked on the line.

Lisles was again unlucky when his header bounced off Grant's chest with the keeper knowing absolutely nothing about it.

Blyth threatened briefly just before half-time but Ferriby were defensively strong.

Ferriby regained the lead after 53 minutes when Anderson scored with an overhead kick after the ball was played in to the area.

Ferriby continued to press and Kendall saw a header saved. The third goal came after 74 minutes. Nathan Peat's long free-kick was chested down by Wilson who turned to fire home a low shot.

To their credit, Blyth took the game to Ferriby and pulled a goal back after 82 minutes. Slack play in midfield allowed Andy Jennings to set-up McGorrigan for his second goal of the game.

Ferriby held their nerve in a tense finish to gain a deserved victory.

Assistant Manager Mark Carroll commented, "It was a good win for us today, especially after two games on very heavy pitches that take their toll on players. Other results have also gone for us today which is a bonus."

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King (Russell Fry 75), Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Gary Bradshaw 68) Ryan Williams Non-playing subs: Steve Ridley, , Steve Gardner, Paul Foot, Antoni Pecora

Blyth Spartans: Conor Grant, Shaun Utterson, Damon Mullen, Shaun Vipond (Jack Stranger 59) Wayne Buchanan, Richie Slaughter, Michael Riley (Lee Mason 70), Neal Hooks (Tom Berj 28), Andy Jennings, Ryan McGorrigan, Rob Dale. Non-playing subs: Phil Airey, Daniel Maguire

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