Vanarama National League North
2 April 2016
North Ferriby United 3 Worcester City 3 HT: 1-2
NFU: Liam King 45+3pen; Danny Clarke 59; Tom Denton 72
Worcester: Deon Burton 7; Lee Hughes 45+1; Jordan Murphy 88
The result was in doubt right to the end in a tense game which probably saw both teams reasonably happy with a point.
Neither side offered much threat in the opening 20 minutes. Tom Denton put two headers wide but it was Deon Burton’s goal after seven minutes that was the one bright moment. He latched on to a weak clearance and hit a dipping first-time shot over Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin.
Ferriby lifted their game after twenty minutes and Liam King went close on a number of occasions without seriously threatening Worcester keeper Nathan Vaughan. Denton again headed wide as Ferriby pressed.
Worcester, against the run of play, doubled their lead in the first minute of added time. A quick break saw Kyle Perry free Lee Hughes who placed the ball past Nicklin.
To their credit, Ferriby fought back immediately with a Liam King penalty after he had been fouled Sam Minihan. It seemed a clear as goal-scoring opportunity that merited a red card but the referee issued only a yellow.
Nicklin denied Minihan a goal after 49 minutes when he got down well to block a low shot. The Villagers controlled the next 20 minutes and went 3-2 up.
The equaliser after 59 minutes. Nicklin’s free-kick finally reached Danny Clarke on the edge of the area He turned a defender before rounding Vaughan to slide the ball home.
Ferriby continued to have the better of the game but it needed a defensive error from Alex Gudger to set-up Tom Denton for Ferriby’s third goal. Gudger’s header back towards his own went straight to Denton who had the relatively easy chance to place the ball past Vaughan.
The goal actually lifted Worcester and they pressed hard for the last 15 minutes and a goal always looked likely. The equaliser came after 88 minutes when Jordan Murphy’s powerful low shot went in at the far post.
The draw was probably a fair result but each team will feel they should have had all three points. With other results going as they did today, the draw was probably a better result for The Villagers who remain in second place. Next week’s clash between them and third-placed AFC Fylde is a big game for both sides.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“I suppose you have to say it was a good point after being two goals down. But we did finally take the lead and we should have closed out the game. Instead we pressed forward a bit too much.
“People will look at the league positions and think that we should have won. It’s not that simple in this league. Anyone who has looked at Worcester’s results since Christmas will realise that they have done well against the top sides.
“I’ve got to gice credit to the players for the way they fought back to take the lead.
“We are still in a good position as far as finishing in a play-off position is concerned.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Ash Palmer, Danny Hone, Nathan Hotte, Russ Fry (Danny Clarke 54), Tom Denton, Wayne Brooksby, Curtis Bateson (Danny Emerton 63) Subs not used: Sam Topliss, Mark Gray, Ryan Kendall
Worcester City: Nathan Vaughan, Sam Minihan, Tyler Weir, Tom Sharpe (Clayton McDonald 60), Alex Gudger (Alun Webb 78), Danny Jackman, Daniel Nti, Deon Burton, , Kyle Perry, Connor Gater, Lee Hughes, (Jordan Murphy 62, Subs not used: Leo Donnellan, Ethan Ross,