Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
North Ferriby United 3 Marine 1
Ferriby increased their lead at the top of the league with a well-deserved win in an entertaining game. The Villagers also extended their unbeaten league run to 14 games.
This was a crucial win against Marine who were in fourth place at the start of the game and now find themselves 10 points behind Ferriby.
Ferriby rocked Marine when they took the lead after three minutes. Dean Lisles was on-hand at the far post to force home Ryan Williams' well-flighted free-kick.
Marine created little in the opening twenty minutes as Ferriby hassled and harried them in midfield,
It was no real surprise when Ferriby doubled their lead after 19 minutes. Marine keeper, Callum Williams, mis-punched Nathan Peat's free-kick and the ball fell to Ryan Kendall who scored from close-range.
This spurred Marine with Marcus Carver having a shot charged down by Gregg Anderson. Marine pulled a goal back after 28 minutes. A quick break by Nick Rogan saw him feed Michael Ordish whose cross was fired home at the far post by Carver.
Ferriby had some half-chances to increase their lead before the interval. Williams' blocked shot would not just fall right for Anthony Wilson. Liam king then shot wide before keeper Williams just beat Kendall to the ball on the edge of the area. The half finished with Kendall shooting narrowly wide.
Chris Bolder almost gor a third goal for Ferriby after 49 minutes when his well-timed run took him beyond the defence but the angle was too tight for his header to find the target.
Ferriby finally got the third goal they deserved when Danny Clarke scored with a superb 20-yard volley after 55 minutes after the ball was headed by marine's defence.
To their credit, Marine kept looking for a goal and threatened on a number of occasions but they lacked the final decisive touch. Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin was only forced in to one serious save in the half as Ferriby defended well.
Ferriby's back-four were dominant in the air and Marine struggled to find a way through on the ground.
The game moved from end-to-end with Ferriby producing some positive and attractive football but being unable to increase their lead.
This was a solid all-round performance from the leaders who to travel to sixth-placed Chorley next Saturday.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Steve Ridley, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Jack Muldoon 88), Ryan Williams (Ben Hunter 51). Non-playing subs: Timothy Taylor, Mark Gray, Antoni Pecora,
Marine: Callum Williams, Shaun Dowling, John Shaw, Paul Jones, Danny Grannon, Robbie Lawton (Matty Devine 60), Alan Burton, Jonathan Goulding, Marcus Carver, Nick Rogan (Paul Lundon 69), Michael Ordish (Paul Pearson 69). Non-playing subs: Paul Brown, Ryan McMahon,