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Spennymoor Town 1 NFU 1 (NLN 17-18)

Thursday 26 April 2018

 Vanarama National League North

Spennymoor Town  1       North Ferriby United     1
David Foley 27                     Jordan Harrison 64

Ferriby shocked promotion-chasing Spennymoor  with a very good team performance at the Brewery Field. The draw was well-deserved as Ferriby matched the home side in all areas of the field.

Ferriby had the first opportunity but Josh Walker shot wide from a good position following good work by Jordan Harrison.

Spennymoor then managed to take hold of the game to some extent. Even so, they were reduced to largely shooting from defence as they were closed down well by Ferriby’s midfield and defence. 
 

It was not until the 23rd minute that Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall was really tested. He saved well from a cheeky close-range back-heel by Glen Taylor.
 

Four minutes later, Spennymoor took a deserved lead. Andrew Johnson’s cross from the left was deflected in to the goal by James Piercey although it has been officially credited to David Foley.

It was a blow for Ferriby who had defended well to this point. Something they would continue to do for the rest of the game.

A minute after the goal Exall made a good diving save from Foley,

The Villagers then got more in to the game as an attacking force with Luke Lofts twice going close to scoring. On both occasions he was denied by home keeper Daniel Lowson.

Lofts and Harrison continually caused problems for the Spennymoor defence.

With half-time approaching, Exall made two good saves frto deny the Moors a second goal.

If Spennymoor had had slightly the better of the first-half, the second largely belonged to Ferriby. They may be young and inexperienced buy the players grew in to the game as it progressed. Theer was not one poor performance from any player, including the substitutes.

Spennymoor were regularly pushed back but it was the home side that came closest to scoring. Exall came out to challenge Taylor for a ball. The keeper headed but kept his concentration and focus to stay with the ball and Taylor and block the striker’s shot outside the area. It was a cool head on young shoulders.

Ferriby’s equaliser came after 64 minutes. A ball from the left found Harrison in the area. He kept his nerve to shrug off a defender bfore sliding the ball pasy Lowson. It was definitely a fair reward for Ferriby.

The goal brought Spennymoor back to life as they realised that they could just lose all three points. Exall made two more good saves to keep the teams level.

But it was Ferriby who almost snatched the winner deep in added time. Harrison had only Lowson to beat but the keeper pulled off a magnificent save, It could be one that takes Spennymoor in to the play-offs,
 

Exall, obviously, gets the headlines for a impressive performance that drew admiration from Spennymoor officials and fans. But this was a team performance in every sense. The midfield worked hard. Bobby Johnson and Jamie Forrester did good work both going forward and defensively. The defence barely put a foot wrong all evening.

It is no wonder that Chris Bolder was happy after the game.

“ This was another outstanding performance. You can see what is being  created.  Every player, including those coming off the bench had a desire to get something out of the game.  We defended well and  put bodies on the line.

“When we got the ball we had cool heads out there to get us going forward.

“I’ve got to give a special mention to Lewis Exall, He was outstanding tonight. It’s not easy for a second choice keeper to come in and perform well after spending most of the season training and sitting on r the  bench then playing like that is amazing. I’m so pleased for him.

“I was pleased with the overall performance. We had three good opportunities in the first-half. If we’d nicked right at the end it would perhaps have been a bit harsh on Spennymoor. The chance was one of those situations where if you mishit the ball you often score. Jordan hit it sweetly and the keeper made a magnificent save.

NFU:  Lewis Exall, Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Bobby Johnson, James Piercey,  Jack Mail,  Jordan Harrison Jamie Forrester (Jack Smith 80), Josh Walker (Alex Bannister 50),  Luke Lofts  Charlie Dunkerley (Ben Clappison 68)Substitutes not used: None. Only three on the bench

Spennymoor Town:  Daniel Lowson,  Kallum Griffiths, Christopher Mason  (Ryan Hall 67), Matthew Dixon  (Nathan Lowe 72), Adam Curry,  James Curtis, Robert Ramshaw,  Shane Henry, Glen Taylor , Andrew Johnson, David Foley (Mark Anderson 65),  Subs not used: Jordan Porter, Greg Ritherfprd

 

 

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