FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 9 November 2013
Stourbridge 2 North Ferriby United 2
Stourbridge: Luke Benbow 68; Will Richards 90+3
NFU: Nathan Jarman 13p, 84
Both home and away fans and officials left the ground feeling that Ferriby should have comfortably won this game. The Villagers dominated the game after a scrappy first ten minutes from both sides. Ferriby hit the bar three times, had two goals disallowed due to dubious off-side calls and the home side cleared off-the line twice. Stourbridge were also grateful to a good performance from keeper Dean Coleman who made a number of good saves.
Ferriby played the final 20 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of captain Matt Wilson for a second yellow card. Despite taking the lead for the second time The Villagers were stunned when Will Richards scored deep in to added time.
The game got off to an explosive start with Luke Benbow being booked within 1o seconds for a late challenge on Paul Robson. Shortly after, Ben Billingham had Stourbridge’s only on-target shot of the first-half with the ball going straight to Adam Nicklin.
It took ten minutes for Ferriby to get in to their stride but once they did they dominated the game. They took the lead after 13minutes when Nathan Jarman sent Coleman the wrong way from the penalty spot after a defender handled the ball.
Liam King fired over after good work by Danny Clarke. Clarke then drew a diving save from Coleman before the keeper turned Russ Fry’s powerful drive on to the underside of the bar.
Ferriby thought they had scored after 38 minutes. Clarke fed Jarman who played the ball back for Anthony Wilson to fire home but Jarman was dubiously flagged off-side.
Ferriby continued to push forward with Jarman’s delightful chip coming back off the bar to Anthony Wilson whose shot was blocked by Coleman. The keeper then beat King to a through-ball before saving an Anthony Wilson shot low by the post.
Clarke and Jamie Yates caused no end of problems down both wings and Stourbridge struggled to defend against Ferriby’s passing. The Villagers pressured Stourbridge in midfield and gave them no time to settle on the ball.
Ferriby’s dominance continued in the second-half but there was always the possibility that the lack of a second goal would come back and bite them. Benbow wasted a good opportunity in the opening minute when he latched on to a loose clearance. He broke clear but instead of shooting he tried to square the ball to a colleague but his pass lacked direction.
A last-ditch tackle denied King and Jarman drew a diving save from Coleman as Ferriby responded in style. From the corner Gregg Anderson glanced his header wide.
Anthony Wilson placed the ball past the advancing Coleman only to see the ball cleared as it was about to enter the net. Next, Jarman lobbed Coleman but the ball incredibly bounced up on to the bar and was once again cleared.
Stourbridge equalised after 68 minutes. A free-kick was headed away to the unmarked Benbow on the corner of the area. Somehow, his low shot found its way through everybody and in to the far corner of the net.
Two minutes later Ferriby were down to 10 men. Anthony Wilson appeared to be fouled inside the area but the referee awarded a free-kick just outside. Matt Wilson disputed the referee’s failure to award a was given a second yellow card.
Wilson had a second goal disallowed for off-side. He was behind the ball as Jarman shot but his run to put home the rebound was not spotted by the assistant referee who flagged for off-side as Wilson fired home.
Undeterred, Ferriby regained the lead on 84 minutes. Fry’s corner to the near post was flicked home by Jarman.
Stourbridge pressed for an equaliser and it came deep in to added time. Rowe’s free-kick to the far post was somehow bundled home by Will Richards to deny The Villagers a win that they really did deserved on the day.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a very good performance today. We played some very good football and dominated the game virtually from the start. We seemed to be on the wrong end of some key refereeing decisions which is disappointing.”
Ferriby were disappointed with the result but the overall performance was good and drew praise from Stourbridge’s supporters and officials. They were clearly pleased to have escaped with adraw rather than suffering the defeat that the game warranted.
The replay will be at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday. Passes are not valid for this game and usual admission prices apply.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson (Jon D’Laryea 89) Nathan Jarman, Jamie Yates (Danny Hone 73
Subs not used:, Antoni Pecora, Ben Hunter, Ryan Kendall
Stourbridge: Dean Coleman, Kyle Haynes, Will Richards, Jamie Oliver, Sean Geddes, Aaaron Drake (Andre Francis 68), Ryan Rowe, Leon Broadhurst, Luke Benbow, Ben Billingham, Drew Canavan (George Washbourne 79) Subs not used: Nathan Bennett, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Jordan Murphy