Vanarama Conference North
Saturday 8 November 2014
Scorers: Shane Clarke 64; Dominic Smith 76
North Ferriby United 2
Nathan Jarman 10pen; Tom Denton 39
HT: Tamwoth 0 NFU 2
In the end, this was a disappointing result for Ferriby after leading two-nil at half-time. The Villagers looked to be in control but some slack defending in the second-half allowed Tamworth to score twice to snatch a point.
Ferriby were well-worth their half-time lead after a first-half which saw few direct threats on goal from either side.
The Villagers started brightly and almost scored after four minutes. Good work between liam King, Nathan Jarman and Jason St Juste set-up Adam Bolder whose 25-yard shot drew a flying save from home keeper James Belshaw.
Ferriby took the lead after 10 minutes. Jarman was fouled by Belshaw on the right edge of the area and Jarman hammered home the resultant penalty.
The game was largely played in midfield. Ferriby had the greater territory and possession but Tamworth made regular forays down both flanks. However, both sides struggled to create clear chances.
King hit a shot to Belshaw and Tamwoth’s Kayden Jackson had a shot blocked following a quick break. On the half hour Adam Nicklin saved a low shot from Reece Stych.
Ferriby again axerted more pressure and Jarman’s cross-cum-shot to the far post just evaded St Juste. The Villagers doubled their square after 39 minutes. Debutant Grant Black collected a ball in his own half and advanced 30 yards before hitting a long cross to the far post where Tom Denton placed a downward header just inside the post.
The half finished with Ferriby in control and looking good for all three points.
The second-half was also short of serious threats on goal In fact, the only two on-target shots resulted in goals for Tamworth. Ferriby seemed to sit a little too deeply and this allowed Tamworth to press The Villagers for most of the half.
It was 67 minutes before there was a goal attempt with Gregg Anderson heading wide from a St Juste corner.
Tamworth pulled a goal back on 64 minutes. A low cross from the right was cleared to the edge of the area allowing Shane Clarke to hit an unstoppable shot past Adam Nicklin.
The equaliser came 12 minutes later. Brendon Daniels sent in a long free-kick. With Ferriby’s defence immobile, it reached Dominic Smith who shot home from close-range.
Ferriby had two opportunities to score the winner with Jarman heading wide and King shooting wide.
Teams are often satisfied with an away point but Ferriby will see this as two points lost as they could have won the game.
Ferriby Assistant Manager commented, “The first-half performance was as good as we’ve played away from home all season. We played some good football and looked to be in the control. In the second-half we looked good going forward but we have to tighten-up at the back. We need to make teams work harder for their goals.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Grant Black (Nathan Peat 50), Josh Wilde (Danny Hone 81), Liam King, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Adam Bolder, Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Jason St Juste (Jamie Yates71)
Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Jon D’Laryea,
Tamworth: James Belshaw Dominic Smith, Dominic Vidal, Thomas James Michael Townsend (Dan Preston 69), Phil Trainer (Jon Adams 65), Kevin Thornton (Connor Taylor), Shane Clarke, Kayden Jackson, Reece Styche, Brendon Daniels. Subs not used: Andy Morel, Dave Hibbert