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

NFU 3 Kendal Town 2 (Evo Prem)

 

Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division

North Ferriby United 3 Kendal Town 2

The score does not reflect Ferriby's dominance against a spirited Kendal side that has now dropped in to the bottom two.

The first-half was a one-sided affair with Kendal not creating any threat to Adam Nicklin in Ferriby's goal.

Ryan Kendall saw keeper Ryan Robinson turn his shot for a corner then shortly after Dean Lisles saw his header cleared off the line.

Ferriby's pressure told after 19 minutes. Kendall's shot was blocked but fell to Gregg Anderson who fired home from 10 yards.

Ferriby were exerting constant pressure but some determined defending restricted goal-scoring opportunities.  opportunities.

Ferriby finally doubled their lead after 35 minutes when Anthony Wilson and Ryan Williams combined to set-up Kendall to score from close range.

Wilson was unlucky to see his shot bounce clear off Robinson's legs. Williams then fired narrowly over the bar from 18 yards just before half-time.

 Ferriby's two goal half-time lead was the least they deserved.

Ferriby continued to dominate in the second-half. Wilson saw his shot blocked after Kendall' run and pass.

Steve Ridley's cross-cum-shot curled past the top corner with Robinson well-beaten. Dean Lisles then saw a header blocked and deflected for a corner.

Wilson played in Kendall who lifted the ball over both Robinson and the cross-bar.

Midfielder Liam King was desperately unlucky to see Robinson tip his 20-yard drive on to the cross-bar and over for a corner.

 Ferriby paid the paid for their missed chances after 74 minutes. Alex Salmon won the ball in midfield and took the ball down the right before crossing to Mike Rushton who scored from close range.

This lifted Kendal but they were still presented little threat.

Ryan Williams appeared to make the game safe in the 85th minute when he scored with a penalty after Kevin Brown had bundled over Anthony Wilson.

However, two minutes later Kendal were back in the game when Rushton converted a penalty following Chris Bolder's challenge on Zach Clark.

Ferriby closed-out the final minutes for a win that maintains their seven point lead at the top of the table.

Manager Billy Heath was pleased with the result that maintains Ferriby's seven point lead at the top of the table. He commented, "We are creating chances but are not quite finishing-off teams at the moment. Being two goals ahead is not always a comfortable position to be in. You often need third goal to create a breathing space."

 

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King (Russell Fry 76), Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke (Steve Ridley 45), Chris Bolder, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Gary Bradshaw 65) Ryan Williams Non-playing subs: Mark Gray, Antoni Pecora

Kendal Town: Ryan Robinson, Dan Maghan, Tom Berwick, Ben Fishwick, Kevin Brown, Paul Alexander (Aaron Helliwell 71), Martin Grundy, Stuart McDonald (Jack Cook 65), Alex Salmon (Max Rothwell 82), Mike Rushton, Zach Clark. Non-playing subs: Jamie Hastings, Nick Hayton

 

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