Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
North Ferriby United 0 Nantwich Town 0
Ferriby's lead at the top is now down to goal difference. The result belies what was a good performance in many respects against a stubborn Nantwich side.
The only surprise is how Ferriby did not manage to score. The Villagers dominated possession for most of the game and will rue a number of squandered goal-scoring opportunities.
Nantwich also had goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Jon Brain to thank for keeping them in the game.
Ferriby had early opportunities with Brain saving from Gary Bradshaw and Liam King firing wide.
Nantwich countered with their only real threat in the first 40 minutes when Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin had to punch Aaron Cole's cross away under pressure from Tom Bentham.
Ferriby pressed forward continually and Bradshaw and Ryan Kendall both went close before Bradshaw curled a free-kick past the wall only for Brain to save low by his post after 18 minutes
Danny Clarke saw a shot deflected and the resulting created problems before being finally cleared as the ball failed to drop for a Ferriby player to get in a shot.
Chances kept coming. Brain twice saved well from Kendall as the striker burst clear of the back four.
Paul Foot saw Brain hold his header just under the bar on the stroke of half-time.
Nantwich only seriously threatened once in the first-half. Nicklin turned over Oliver Devenney's floated 40-yard free-kick after 41 minutes
The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first with Ferriby exerting almost continuous pressure.
Nantwich defended in depth and made it difficult for Ferriby to create clear -cut chances.
Kendall againshot wide. A Russell Fry corner-kick created problems in the Nantwich penalty area with shots being blocked before the ball was finally cleared.
Danny Clarke shot over twice within a minute. Ferriby's afternoon was perhaps summed-up after 56 minutes. Kendall's shot was blocked by a defender and the ball looped up and fell into Brain's hands as the keeper lay on the floor.
Nantwich offered little threat going forward but Nicklin had to be alert to turn over Josh Lane's header from Devenney's free-kick after 67 minutes.
Ferriby found clear chances difficult to come by in the final ten minutes as Nantwich continued to defend stubbornly. Chris Bolder headed wide and Anthony Wilson shot over the bar as Ferriby looked for the goal that would almost certainly have won them the game.
Ferriby manager Billy heath commented, "Despite the result, it was a good performance today. We dominated the game from start to finish. We had plenty of opportunities to score but we just could not finish. However, we are still top of the table and in the driving seat for the title. If we can win at Matlock on Tuesday, that will put pressure on Hednesford before their game at Buxton on Wednesday We need to focus on our own performances, though, and not worry about what the teams around us are doing."
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King (Chris Bolder 80), Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry , Gary Bradshaw Ryan Kendall, Ryan Williams (Anthony Wilson 66)
Non-playing subs:, Steve Ridley, Mark Gray, , Antoni Pecora
Nantwich Town: Jon Brain, Aaron Cole, Chris Bailey (Zack Foster 45), Niall Maguire, Charles Raglan, Ryan Dicker, Josh Lane (Kyle Wilson 77), Oliver Devenney, Tom Bentham, Harry Clayton, PJ Hudson.). Non-playing subs: Casper Hughes, Darren Moss, Simon Everall, ,