Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United 3 Worcester City 0
Scorers: NFU: Tom Denton 33; Danny Clarke 59; Danny Hone 77
Ferriby certainly deserved this win against a Worcester that was well-organised defensively but lacked punch up front.
It was an entertaining game in which Ferriby had far more goal-scoring opportunities than Worcester but in which neither keeper had too much work to do.
Worcester’s Aaron Brown had the game’s first opportunity on 10 minutes but headed Sean Geddes’s free-kick over and it was another 25 minutes before the visitors threatened again.
Ferriby gradually began to take control but did not really force Worcester keeper Jose Veiga into a save during the first-half. Adam bolder hit a 25-yard drive wide as Ferriby began to create chances.
Ferriby thought they had won a penalty after 14 minutes. Tom Denton was brought down by keeper Jose Veiga as he went round him. Fortunately for Worcester, Denton was adjudged to be off-side.
Liam King, Danny Clarke and Bolder, again fired wide as Ferriby pressed forward. The goal Ferriby deserved finally came after 33 minutes when Jason St Juste floated a cross to the far post where Tom Denton rose to place a downward header into the net.
Three minutes later Aaron Brown’s header from a corner was saved by Adam Nicklin.Worcester almost equalised after 44 minutes when a low cross was deflected on to the bar.
Ferriby controlled the second-half with home keeper Adam Nicklin only having one shot to save after 79 minutes when Brown hit a 25-yard free-kick at Nicklin.
Ferriby were dominant in midfield and defence and it seemed only a matter of time before a second goal would come. It arrived in the 59th minute when Danny Clarke volleyed home Tom Denton’s flick on.
It was no more than The Villagers deserved.
Worcester’s chances probably disappeared with the sending-off of Daniel Nti after 72 minutes for his second yellow card.
Five minutes later the game was all but over as Danny Hone headed home a Russell Fry corner.
Ferriby substitute Curtis Bateson was unlucky not to score in the final 10 minutes. having one shot superbly saved by Veiga and a second hitting the post.
This was a very good performance by Ferriby. The defence looked strong with loan-signing Sam Topliss fitting-in immediately into Ferriby’s back-four. The defence was outstanding and with the midfield dominant going forward, Ferriby always looked to be the only winners.
Ferriby Manager Billy Heath was delighted with the result, “We played very well as a team and always looked the likely winners. We scored three good goals and defended well. Our midfield controlled the game. It was a good result and it will hopefully launch our attack on the play-off spots.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Gregg Anderson (Mark Gray 84),, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Tom Denton (Ryan Kendall 77), Adam Bolder, Jason St Juste (Curtis Bateson 55),. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Nathan Peat
Worcester City: Jose Veiga, Kyle Haynes, Danny Jackman, Jacob Rowe (Tristan Dunkley 63), Wayne Thomas, Aaron Brown, Daniel Nti, Ellis Deeney, Mike Symons, Sean Geddes (Connor Collins 71), Connor Gater,
Subs not used: Shabir Khan, Nathan Vaughan, Nick Wright