Vanarama Conference North
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Solihull Moors 2 North Ferriby United 4
Scorers: NFU: Jason St Juste 5; Ryan Kendall 17; Liam King 29 pen; Josh Wilde 64
Solihull: Omar Bogle 52, 90+1
The Villagers made it three wins in a row with another good all-round performance at Solihull Moors. The game was pretty much settled in the first half as Jason St Juste, Ryan Kendall and Liam King gave Ferriby a 3-0 lead.
Once again, this was an accomplished performance by Ferriby who have now climbed to tenth in the Vanarama Conference North table and within striking distance of the play-offs.
Moors started brightly and Villagers’ keeper Jonathan Hedge made a brilliant one-handed save to deny Dominic Langdon within the first 40 seconds.
Solihull had three corners in the first five minutes. From the third of these, Reece Fleet headed straight to Hedge who comfortably held the ball. The keeper then launched a long ball towards the left side and Jason St Juste took the ball, beat his marker and then ran on to hammer the ball through Solihull keeper Tony Breeden’s legs from a narrow angle.
This took some of the steam out of Solihull and the game saw both teams attacking without either keeper being really troubled.
However, The Villagers doubled their score after 17 minutes. Sam Topliss found Nathan Jarman who flicked-on the ball to Ryan Kendall who powered the ball home from close range.
Moors attacks were mainly based on getting long balls up to Omar Bogle whose strength and pace was the home side’s major threat throughout the game. For the most part, Ferriby’s defence was solid and Solihull’s chances were severely limited throughout the game.
Ferriby virtually settled the game after 29 minutes. Nathan Jarman was tripped in the area by Rob Elvins and Liam King confidently dispatched the penalty, sending Breeden the wrong way.
Ferriby posed a constant threat throughout the half with Danny Clarke and Jason St Juste causing problems down both wings. Kendall and Jarman discomforted the home defence with their movement and control as Ferriby’s midfield constantly provided decent balls to the wide players and front-men.
Moors had the better of the second-half in terms of possession and territory and scored after 52 minutes through Bogle. Some neat interpassing around the Ferriby penalty area set-up the striker to score from close range.
Solihull had the chance to reduce the arrears further after 61 minutes but Hedge made a good diving save to push away Darryl Knights’ low shot then the keeper gathered Junior English’s follow-up shot. This proved crucial.
Three minutes later a Ferriby attack was cleared and the clearance kick found Josh Wilde in his own half. The defender strode forward some 25 yards before unleashing an unstoppable 35-yard shot past Breeden who did not have time to move.
This pretty much sealed the game for Ferriby with Hedge having only one more save of note to make, this time to thwart Jordan Gough’s deflected shot.
With Ferriby’s defence still in a dominant mood, they closed-out the game and Bogle’s 30-yard free-kick in added time was too little too late for the home side.
Ferriby certainly deserved the win despite Moors’s second-half pressure. The Ferriby defence and midfield harried and hassled Solihull throughout the game to the extent that clear chances were few and far between.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “This was another very good team performance. We showed some clinical finishing and we defended well throughout. We have moved up the table and if we keep this form going we could be back in play-off contention.”
NFU: Jonathan Hedge, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King, Matt Wilson, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry Nathan Jarman (Jon D’Laryea 64), Ryan Kendall (Louis Bruce 88), Jason St Juste (Curtis Bateson 82)
Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Gregg Anderson
Solihull Moors:Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet (Lewis Hayden 82),, Rob Elvins, Dominic Langdon, Junior English, Stefan Moore (Kieran Nesbitt 85), Omar Bogle. Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights .Subs not used: Joe Ballinger, Darren Byfield, Owen Story
Ferriby fans are reminded that group ticket sales (groups of 15 plus) at greatly reduced prices end on Friday. Tickets must be booked on the form that can be downloaded from the club’s website and then posted to the FA. Full price tickets will remain on sale after Friday but need to be booked on the FA website. Again, the link is on the club website.