The Skrill North
North Ferriby United 3 Gloucester City 1
Scorers: NFU: Danny Clarke 6; Nathan Jarman 26; Danny Hone 45
Gloucester City: Scott Wilson 12
A new chapter in Ferriby’s history began with this win over Gloucester City in their first Skrill North game.
Ferriby virtually sealed the game before the break as they stormed into a 3-1 lead.
Liam King went close with a header before The Villagers’ took the lead after just six minutes. Mike Green parried Nathan Jarman’s shot and Danny Clarke reacted quickly to fire home from close range.
Gloucester immediately attacked and saw a shot blocked. King then saw another header saved.
Gloucester equalised in the 12th minute after James Edge and Matt Groves combined to set-up Scott Wilson to score from close range. This was Gloucester’s last serious shot on goal for the rest of the game.
Ferriby controlled the rest of the half. The Villagers’ defence and midfield closed-down Gloucester’s attacks so effectively that home keeper Adam Nicklin had little to do but gather crosses and through-balls.
A Jamie Yates’ cross was plucked off danny clarke’s head by Green. Ryan Kendall then saw his shot saved. Ferriby continued to press and Jarman was unlucky to see his shot on the turn go just wide.
Jarman restored Ferriby’s lead after 26 minutes. He hammered home a 15-yard drive after Jamie Yates’ corner caused confusion in the Gloucester defence. Gloucester were struggling to deal with the pace of Yates and the movement of Jarman and Kendall.
Ferriby sealed the game on the stroke of half-time when Danny Hone out-jumped the defence to head home another Yates’ corner.
The second-half was a rather low-key affair. Gloucester found it hard to get back in to the game as Ferriby’s midfield and defence continued to control the game. Such was their dominance that Nicklin only had one serious threat to deal with when he turned an in-swinging corner over the bar.
Both defences had to make a couple of last-minute challenges to block shots but goal-scoring chances were limited. Anthony Wilson twice went close for Ferriby and Nathan Peat’s 20-yard shot went straight to Green.
Ferriby were content to play-out the game to gain a deserved win. This was a thoroughly competent and professional performance. The players made very few mistakes and, at times, seemed to be playing well within themselves.
The win was Ferriby’s first opening-day win since August 2005.
Ferriby Manager Bily Heath said, “It was a really pleasing performance. The whole team played well. We denied Gloucester scoring chances and we could probably have scored two or three more. It’s great to start the season with a win”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nasthan Peat, Liam King Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry Nathan Jarman, Ryan Kendall (Anthony Wilson 64), Jamie Yates Subs not used: Gregg Anderson, Antoni Pecora, Jon D’Laryea, Dean Lisles
Gloucester City: Mike J Green, Mike F Green, Tyler Weir, Matt Coupe, Jack Harris, Tom Webb (Ryan Batten79), Darren Mullins, James Edge (Sam Rawlings 61), Darren Edwards, Scott Wilson (Sam Turl 76), Matt Groves. Sub not used: Nathan Phillips
Ferriby travel to Bradford Park Avenue on Monday looking to build on today’s victory. The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.