Wednesday 16 April 2014
Stalybridge Celtic 2 North Ferriby United
Scorer: NFU: Liam King 1; Anthony Wilson 70; Nathan Jarman 79pen
Stalybridge: Paul Ennis 10; Liam Dickinson 69 pen
Ferriby returned to the top of the Skrill North with this hard-earned win. The Villagers were made to work hard by a Stalybridge side that was as desperate for the points as Ferriby.
The Villagers now lead the Skrill North on goal difference from AFC Telford and are now back in control of the title race.
Ferriby got off to a great start with a goal inside 30 seconds. Nathan Jarman fed Anthony Wilson whose shot was blocked by home keeper Danny East but the ball fell to Liam King who fired home into an empty net.
Unfortunately, the goal was not quite the spur it should have been as Ferriby could not capitalise further on their early pressure.
Stalybridge equalised after 10 minutes. Ferriby were caught cold at a throw in and Adam Nicklin was unfortunate to see his fine one-handed save end up with Paul Ennis who scored from 10 yards.
Ennis was a threat to Ferriby with his work in midfield but Stalybridge carried little threat with long balls being comfortably managed by Ferriby’s back four.
Ferriby had more of the ball but could not create any clear chances. In fact, neither keeper had a shot to save to make as the half progressed.
Stalybridge constantly hassled and harried The Villagers and denied them time on the ball.
The second-half followed a similar pattern with East making the only save of the half in the 89th minute to deny Wilson.
The half opened with King’s cross being headed just over the bar by Danny Hone.
Stalybridge responded and Ennis saw his first shot blocked by Paul Robson and fired the rebound wide. Ennis was then denied by Nicklin who came out quickly to take the ball off Ennis as he burst through.
Stalybridge took the lead after 69 minutes when Liam Dickinson fired-home a penalty after Mark Gray was penalised for handball.
The lead was short-lived as Anthony Wilson equalised a minute later, controlling the ball before turning and firing a low shot past East.
Ferriby then had their best spell of the game. Mark Gray and Wilson placed headers wide before Oliver Crowley bundled over Wilson in the penalty are after 79 minutes. Jarman’s powerful penalty went in via the underside of the bar.
Hone saw a header cleared off the line then Jarman powered a header against the post as Ferriby looked for a clinching goal. East then produced the only save that either keeper had to make in the half.
Stalybridge almost grabbed a last minute equaliser when substitute Obi Anorou’s cross-cum-shot hit the bar.
Ferriby wwere delighted with the result even if it was not a scintillating performance. This was one of those occasions when the players had to dig deep and show their character. These are the games that have to be won if titles are to be claimed. With three games to go The Villagers are back in control of the title race, It is going to be a tense final week to the season
Ferriby Manager Billy Heath, “It was a very pleasing result. Te players deserve credit for the character and determination they showed this evening. We responded well after going behind with just over 20 minutes to go.We have three tough games to play but we know what we have to do if we are to take the title”
NFU:Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Josh Wilde, Liam King,Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke (Danny Emerton 75), Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman (Lewis McMahon (90+1), Jamie Yates (Nathan Peat 81)Subs not used: Antoni Pecora,Ryan Kendall
Stalybridge Celtic: Danny East, Oliver Crowley, Andy McWilliams, Joel Bembo-Leta, Matt Regan, Tom Buckley ( adam Pepper 85), Paul Ennis, Ryan Croasdale, Jack Ryan (Obi Anouro 75), Sean McConville, Liam Dickinson. Subs not used: Josh Green, Kelvin Bleau, Anthony Windle