East Riding Senior Cup Semi-Final
North Ferriby United 3 Bridlington Town 1
Ferriby reached the East Riding Senior Cup Final with this win over the holders, Bridlington Town.
In a somewhat scrappy game, Bridlington made Ferriby work hard for their win but the final score was probably about right.
Ferriby's starting line-up contained only two players who had started against Hednesford in last Saturday's league match so it was always going to take some time for them to settle down.
Bridlington had more possession in the early stages but neither side scoring chances.
The opening goal came after 12 minutes. Oliver Banks' pass found Gary Bradshaw who saw Bridlington keeper Mark Wilberforce block his shot. The ball rebounded to Danny Clarke who hammered home from close range.
The goal spurred Bridlington and Ferriby keeper Antoni Pecora had to be alert to beat Josh Greening to the ball on the edge of his area. Pecora then held a header from Tom Lee as Bridlington pressed forward.
Greening and Scott Phillips made Ferriby's defence work hard but they were offered little opportunity to offer any serious threat to Pecora.
Ferriby finally raised their tempo after 30 minutes. Gary Bradshaw saw a low shot saved by Wilberforce. A four-man move was ended when the ball was hacked clear by Bridlington.
Ferriby started the second-half more brightly and doubled their lead after 51 minutes. Louis Kirk's clever pass found Bradshaw 25 yards from goal. He moved right then hit a low cross-shot just inside the far post.
Bridlington bounce back and reduced the arrears in the 58th minute. A header was blocked on the Ferriby line. The ball found its way to Phillips who hammered home from close range.
Both sides pressed forward in their contrasting ways. Ferriby tried to play the ball around and build attacks patiently whilst Bridlington took a more direct approach to get Greening and Phillips into the game.
Neither side came really close to scoring until Bradshaw finally sealed the game for Ferriby in the 85th minute. Pecora's kick found Danny Clarke who fed Bradshaw who slid the ball past the advancing Wilberforce.
Bridlington may feel they deserved more from the game but Ferriby had the better chances and their clinical finishing took them through.
Manager Billy Heath was pleased with the result, "It was a bit of a scrappy game but as far as I am concerned it is ‘job done'. It's good to have reached the Final and it will be a good night at the KC Stadium in May."
NFU: Antoni Pecora, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley (Paul Foot 69) Louis Kirk, Mark Gray, Louis Bruce, Oliver Banks, Chris Bolder, Danny Clarke, Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Williams (Russell Fry 45)
Non-playing subs: Tim Taylor, Ryan Kendall, Adam Nicklin,
Bridlington Town: Paul fraser, Wayne Aziz, Tom Lee, Ash Allanson (Aaron Allanson 88), Chris Jenkinson, Nathan Cook (Billy Logan 80), Frank Belt, Tom Fleming, Scott Phillips, Chris Batchelor (Craig Hogg), Josh Greening. Non-playing sub: Oliver West