Vanarama National League North
19 December 2015
North Ferriby United 3 Tamworth 1
Half-Time: NFU 2 Tamworth 0
NFU: Liam King 41, 43; Wayne Brooksby 61
Tamworth: Curtis Strong 50
Ferriby had the better of the opening ten minutes but did not really create a direct threat on goal.
Tamworth pulled themselves in to the game and Liam King did well to block a shot from Connor Taylor. Lee Fowler went close with a 20-yard shot before Elliott Durrell drew the first save of the game from either keeper.
King went close to opening the scoring after 15 minutes. He spotted Tamworth keeper James Belshaw off his line and King tried to lob him from 45 yards. Belshaw managed to scramble to take the ball as it dropped towards goal.
Wayne Brooksby saw a shot deflected to Belshaw. Tamworth’s Ross Dyer then drew an excellent point-blank range save from Nicklin. On 30 minutes, Nicklin had to make his last serious save of the game, diving low to save a Shane Clarke shot.
From this point on, Ferriby took control of the game. Although Durrell and Curtis strong were always a danger, tamworth could not create any sustained pressure or significant goal threat.
Tamworth were stung immediately before the break with King scoring twice in the 41st and 43rd minutes. The first was a powerful close-range header following a run and cross from Ryan Kendall on the right. The second was a well-placed low shot from 16 yards.after Brooksby latched on to a Nicklin clearance on the left and squared the ball to King.
Tamworth attacked from the start of the second-half and Curtis Strong pulled a goal back after 50 minutes. Durrell’s cross went across the Ferriby area to Curtis who scored unchallenged with a shot from a narrow angle.
The goal lifted the visitors but they were dealt a blow after 61 minutes. Tom dento laid-off the ball to Brooksby who hit an angled shot which went in at the far post.
The goal seemed to deflate Tamworth. Their attacks were sporadic and largely chasing a long ball. Ferriby closed Tamworth down in midfield, pushed them back. Adam Bolder, twice, Denton and Curtis Bateson all went close for The Villagers but they could not increase their lead.
In the end , there is no doubting that Ferriby were worthy winners against a team for whom this was only their second league defeat of the season.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“I’m delighted with the result. It’s a good start to the Christmas and New Year period. We score three good goals against a side with one of the best defences in the division.
“We controlled much of the game and for the final 30 minutes there was really only one team on it. We now need to capitalise on this result in our next three games. We are palying good football at the moment. Credit ti the players for their performance today.
“It is so tight at the top of the division that even a draw can be significant in terms of league position.”
The result capped a good day for Heath and his assistant manager, Mark Carroll who signed new three-and-half year contracts that will keep them at the club until the end of June 2019.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King Ash Palmer, Nathan Hotte, Danny Clarke (Curtis Bateson 45) , Adam Bolder, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall ( Russ Fry 70) Wayne Brooksby. Subs not used:, Tom Nicholson, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton.
Tamworth: James Belshaw, Andy Burns, Connor Taylor, Lee Fowler (Jed Davis 68) , Steve Tomassen, Dan Preston, Elliott Durrell, Shane Clarke, Ross Dyer (Andy Morell 87), Paul Green (Lee Smith 81) Curtis Strong, Subs not used: Josh Heaton, Leon Mettam