Rory McKeown 51; Declan Weekes 90+1
North Ferriby United 4
Curtis Bateson 6; Connor Oliver 69; Ryan Kendall 85; Reece Thompson 89
This was a very good team performance from Ferriby as they gained three valuable points. The bottom of the Vanarama National League is beginning to look very tight with only six points separating the bottom eight sides.
Ferriby got off to a great start with Curtis Bateson firing narrowly over the bar and Ryan Fallowfield hitting the inside of the post only for the ball to bounce away from goal.
Ferriby’s effort paid off with Bateson opening the scoring after just six minutes. Thompson’s pressure on Ben McKenna led to the defender placing a weak header towards his own keeper Magnus Norman. Thompson nipped in to steal the ball and squared to Bateson who was left with a simple tap-in.
Southport then had a period of pressure but did not force Rory Watson into any difficult saves. Jake Wright, Rory McKeown and Andrai Jones were prominent in driving Southport forward throughout the game. However, Ferriby pressed hard in defence and midfield so Southport were generally left with chances from outside the penalty area.
The Villagers’ defence was solid throughout the game and Watson’s handling was confident and secure with both high and low crosses.
Matty Templeton fed Danny Emerton whose powerful shot was deflected narrowly wide for Ferriby’s only corner of the game.
The second-half opened with another goal after six minutes. This one, though was Southport’s equaliser. McKenna’s low cross-cum-shot seemed to be going out for a goal-kick but McKeown sneaked in at the far post for a simple tap-in.
Bateson should probably have put Ferriby ahead after 56 minutes. Debutant Sam Cosgrove, a half-time substitute for Templeton, set-up Bateson who shot high and wide from 1o yards.
Southport, as in the first-half, struggled to create opportunities in the penaty area. They got plenty of balls in but Ferriby’s defence remained resolute with determined tackling and winning most high balls.
The turning point came in the 68th minute. Watson produced a an absolutely brilliant save, changing direct save one-handed at full length after McKenna’s shot took a wicked deflection.
Ferriby immediately went upfield and regained the lead. Cosgrove’s run saw him square the ball to Bateson whot teed it up for Connor Oliver who hit an unstoppable low shot from 25 yards.
Southport continued to have more possession and territory but they had no real killer punch.
Thompson had a goal disallowed for Ferriby after a Cosgrove shot was parried by Norman.
Cosgrove was proving a handful for Southport’s defenders. His run down the right gave him space to pass inside to Thompson who drew Norman before sliding the ball to Ryan Kendall for close-range tap-in after 85 minutes.
The Ferriby contingent was in Heaven. Where they were four minutes later is anybody’s guess. Thompson chased what appeared to be a lost cause but managed to pinch the ball from a defender before rounding Norman and walking the ball in to an empty goal.
An added time goal from Declan Weeks who hit a shot through a forest of legs did little to dampen The Villagers’ spirits.
Steve Housham was absolutely delighted after the match,
“The whole team was magnificent. I’ve commented on their positive spirit and attitude all season and moaned at how little w they’ve had for that effort. Today was a result that the performance deserved.
“The win was doubly important. It was a massive three points for us but it has also tightened up the bottom third of the table.
“We’ve created good goals through determination and skill and to get four away from home is brilliant. That will give the strikers confidence.
This really was a team performance from Ferriby. They had to overcome the early substitution of Ryan Fallowfield with a possible meat-tarsal injury but this failed to disrupt their performance. Danny Emerton was substuted with a groin injury after 71 minutes.
NFU: Rory Watson; Sam Topliss, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver, Ryan Fallowfield (Ross Armstrong 19) Matthew Templeton (Sam Cosgrove 45), Reece Thompson, Danny Emerton (Ryan Kendall 71), Curtis Bateson
Subs not used: Alfons Fosu-Mensa, Jordan Cooke
Southport: Magnus Norman, Ryan Higgins, Robbie Cundy, Robbie McKeown (Declan Weeks 74), Aaron Jones, Jake Wright, Ben McKenna, Andrai Jones, Liam Hynes, Liam Nolan, Neil Ashton. Subs not used: Mason Springthorpe, Ashley GrimesJamie Allen, Ross White