Vanarama National League
Promotion Play-off semi-final Second Leg
North Ferriby United v Boston United
North Ferriby United 3 Boston United 0
Liam King 11 (pen)
Tom Denton 16
Danny Clarke 54
Ferriby broke Boston United’s hearts by overturning a two-nil deficit to beat The Pilgrims 3-2 on aggregate to clinch a place in the Vanarama National League North Promotion Play-off Final.
The Villagers will play AFC Fylde at the Eon Visual media Stadium on Saturday 14 May with a three o’clock kick-off.
The Ferriby squad never doubted that they had the ability to win through but that on its own is not enough. Ferriby manager Billy Heath had left his players with no doubts as to the quality of their performance in the first-leg. And how they responded! The Villagers certainly produced a resounding response today.
Ferriby started the game with a lot of pace and determination and penned Boston back in their final third of the field. They had five attempts on goal in the first six minutes as they started to batter Boston’s defence.
Danny Clarke saw a goal-bound shot blocked by a defender, another effort drift wide and a cross shot go past the far post. Liam King hit a shot at keeper Fabian Spiess who then had to punch away a Josh Wilde free-kick under pressure.
The first goal was always likely to be crucial and Ferriby’s pressure paid-off after 11 minute. Tom Denton was held by Carl Piergianni inside the area and King sent Spiess the wrong way from the penalty spot. An assured finish from Ferriby’s keeper.
Dayle Douthwell cut inside Sam Topliss to fire in a shot that Adam Nicklin did well to parry. It was a warning as to how dangerous Boston can be.
Denton raised Ferriby’s spirits even more after 16 minutes when he rose in the goal area to head home Adam Bolder’s corner from the right.
It could have been over three minutes later but Spiess made a super low-one-handed save to push away another Denton header.
With Ferriby’s midfield controlling the game, Boston had limited opportunities in attack and offered little serious threat to Nicklin. Zak Mills long throws towards the penalty were always a danger but with Denton, Ash Palmer and Danny Hone winning most of the aerial battles goal chances were negligible.
Lewis Hilliard had a shot blocked for Boston before forcing Nicklin in to a flying save. The Pilgrims looked unlikely to score after that.
With half-time approaching, Bolder was unlucky to see his shot cleared just short of the line.
There was no doubting that Ferriby deserved to be level on aggregate after such a comprehensive performance.
Ferriby were probably expecting a fired-up Boston to start the second-half but it did not start that way. Clarke fired narrowly wide. This was followed by an almighty scramble in the Boston penalty area which ended with spies clawing the ball away as far as Bolder. His shot found the net at the far post but was disallowed for off-side.
Ferriby were undeterred and The Villagers went ahead for the first time in the tie after 54 minutes. He latched on to a pass on the left and cut-in before clipping a precise shot in at the far post. It was no more than The Villagers deserved.
To their credit, Boston tried to get back in to the game and most of the goal chances came their way in the final 25 minutes. Nicklin produced two good saves from Mills and Mark Jones.
Just as in the first-half, Ferriby’s defence was magnificent. Sam Topliss and Josh Wilde gave Boston’s wide players little space and time. Although Boston did press forward, they still got little change from Ferriby’s midfield as they harried and chased the visitors throughout.
Ferriby almost scored a fourth goal after 89 minutes but Hone’s header was cleared off the line.
There were four minutes of added time but, unlike on Wednesday, Boston could not find the late goal that would have taken the tie to extra-time.
Needless to say, Ferriby manager Billy Heath was absolutely delighted,
“Everyone of the players was magnificent today. We were a different team to the one that lost on Wednesday. Today we showed that we are a good team, a very good team.
“It was important to get the first goal and to get two in the first 15 minutes was tremendous. It put Boston on the back foot.
“We controlled most of the game and after the third goal there only looked to be one winner.
“I asked for a big response from the players and that is what I got.
“We will look forward to playing Fylde next weekend. It’s going to be tough but we’ve had a lot of highly-charged games over the last four seasons and we can hope that experience will stand us in good stead.”
North Ferriby United: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Adam Bolder (Russell Fry 70), Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby Danny Emerton 87), Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Ryan Kendall, Mark Gray, (Ben Middleton
Boston United: Fabian Speiss, Zak Mills, Dylan McEvoy (Cameron Johnson 82), Grant Roberts (Joe Burgessn59), Nat Brown, Carl Piergianni Kaine Felix (Mark Jones 59) Scott Garner, Dayle Southwell, Lewis Hilliard, Jay Rollins. Subs not used: Liam Marrs, Malachi Lavelle-Moore,