Saturday 15 July 2017
Billy Bly Memorial Trophy
North Ferriby United 3 Hull City u23 1
Joel Ambalu 29 Elliott Holmes 42
Danny Emerton 77
Ferriby deservedly won the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy due to an impressive second-half display.
City had the majority of the possession during the first-half but found it difficult to get past Ferriby’s midfield and defence. The visitors were often forced to play square or back despite Will Annan and Jacob Greaves largely controlling midfield.
City went close in the first minute with Ahmed Salam firing narrowly wide
The Villagers responded with Curtis Bateson and skipper Simon Russell both going close. Russell was impressive throughout the game with his running, tackling and distribution, It was hard to believe that he has had over seven months out of the game through injury.
Ferriby managed to create more chances than City and it was Ferriby whoopened the scoring after 29 minutes. Mark Gray’s powerful defensive header found Joe Pugh who powered his way down the right before crossing to Joel Ambalu who fired home from around 10-yards.
City responded with a Greaves’ shot that hit the underside of the bar and bounced away.
Russ Fry saw a header cleared off the City line by Salam as the game switched from end=to-end.
City equalised on 42 minutes. Ross Durrant made a superb double save but the ball bounced to Elliott Holmes who managed to find the back of the net.
City made a large number of changes at half-time and the side was not as effective as in the first-half. Ferriby largely dominated despite also amking a number ofchanges as the half went-on.
Harrison Foulkes did well to come out to take the ball off Joe Pugh’s toes and Alberto dragged a header across goal.
Ferriby went close on a number of occasions as they continually pressed City back.
The Villagers regained the lead after 77 minutes when Emerton hit home after a save from Foulkes was not cleared. Three minutes later, Alberto clinched the win with a nice finish. Emerton played Alberto in and the striker coolly slid the ball past Foulkes.
Jake Skelton cleared a Billy Chadwick shot off the line with five minutes but it was too little too late as far as City were concerned.
In the end, Ferriby were comfortable winners.
Manager Steve Housham was delighted with the win,
“We were a bit under the weather in the first-half but improved massively in the second. It was good to see us create so many chances. The finishing for all three goals was good.”
NFU: Ross Durrant (Lewis Exall 81), Ben Bowers, (Jordan Cooke 63), Kojo Kyei (Jake Picton 57), Russ Fry (Danny Emerton 45), Mark Gray,Jake SkeltonSimon Russell, Curtis Bateson (Willy Gnahore 45) Joel Ambula ( Alberto 63), Bobby Johnson ((Mitch Langton 85) Joe Pugh (Jack Barlow 63)
Hull City u23: Charlie Andrew (Harrison Foulkes 45), James Yates (Jake Nicholls 63), Matty Jacob (Brandon Fleming 45),, Tom Dyson (Will Taylor 63), Lewis Ritson (Robbie McKenzie 45), Jaciob Greaves (Josh Thacker 63), Tyler Hamilton ( Liam Edwards 45), Will Annan (Billy Chadwick 45),Tom Powell (Charlie Dunkerley 63),, Elliott Holmes (Max Sheaf 63) Ahmed Salam (Ben Hinchliffe 45)Unused Subs:Mason Wilson-Rhiney, Dan Hawkins