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NFU 4 Chorley 0 (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
11  August  2015
North Ferriby United  4  Chorley 0
Half-Time: NFU 1 Chorley 0

Scorers:
NFU: Curtis Bateson 37, 82, 83; Tom Denton 86

 Referee: Billy Khatib
Attendance: 335
 

This was an excellent team performance from The Villagers but it will be Curtis Bateson who will grab the headlines thanks to a clinical hat-trick. Three of Ferriby’s goals came in the final eight minutes but, overall, this was no more than they deserved.

Ferriby deservedly led at half-time after a half which they controlled. They had numerous attempts on goal and the only surprise was that they managed to score only once.

Ryan Kendall and Tom Denton caused problems for Chorley’s central defenders whilst Danny Clarke and, especially, Bateson caused problems down both flanks.

Nathan Hotte and Liam King controlled midfield and Ferriby’s back four was solid against Chorley’s attacks. Chorley’s biggest threat came from the pace and strength of James Dean and he and Ferriby’s Danny Hone had a tremendous tussle throughout the evening.

It was a bright opening by Ferriby with three good chances in the first four minutes. Tom Denton headed over from Bateson’s cross before Liam King drew a good double save from Chorley keeper Sam Ashton.

Chorley weathered the early storm and gradually came in to the match. Marcus Carver went close and The Villagers were relieved when Hone’s block was deflected to Adam Nicklin.

Ferriby then exerted more control. Hotte, twice, Denton and Kendall all went close and it was looking a little like Tamworth on Saturday when chances went begging.

The goal when it came was worth the wait. Ben Middleton’s superb cross-field pass from one touchline to the other was superbly controlled by Bateson. The winger beat his marker before cutting-in and hitting an unstoppable angled shot past Ashton.

Ferriby started the second-half as they did the first. King curled a free-kick just wide then Kendall forced Ashton in to a good save.

To their credit, Chorley upped the tempo and took the game to The Villagers. For periods, Ferriby were pressed back but sound defending limited Chorley’s opportunities.

Nicklin did well to beat the pacy Darren Stephenson to the ball. Stephenson was a threat with his speed and control. James Dean should probably have equalised after 65 minutes when he put a header wide despite being very well-placed. Three minutes later, Carver was unfortunate to see his shot on the turn go narrowly wide.

Denton responded with a far-post header at Ashton as 

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