Vanarama National League
29 April 2017
Torquay United 2 North Ferriby United 0
Aman Verma 58
Myles Anderson 86
This was a disappointing end for Ferriby, especially as a late equaliser for Southport at home to Lincoln saw The Villagers finish bottom of the table.
The game started brightly enough with Ferriby givig as good as they got for the first 10 minutes.
Torquay gradually started to exert control and Brett Williams was unfortunate to see a powerful low shot cannon back in to play off the post.
Connor Oliver replied with a 20 yard drive that went wide after 20 minutes.
From that point on the half largely belonged to Torquay. Luke Young and Williams both went close. Jamie Reid and Lathaniel Rowe Turner impressed going forward for the Gulls and created problems for Ferriby’s defence. To be fair to Ferriby, the defence was holding its own despite the pressure and Torquay struggled for clear-cut chances.
Ferriby were struggling to get to grips in midfield. They were winning challenges then, far too often, conceding possession with poor passing.
Top scorer managed a shot straight to home keeper Brendan Moore on the stroke of half. Unfortunately that was to be Ferriby’s last-but-one attempt on goal for the rest of the game.
There is no doubt that the second-half belonged to Torquay. Just as in the first-half, Ferriby’s midfield could not really get in to the game going forward. The only chance that was created for Thompson to fire an angled shot wide.
Torquay went close on a number of occasions before taking the lead after 58 minutes. A free-kick was not cleared and as the ball bounced around the goal are Aman Verma pounced to score from close-range.
This lifted Torquay evn further but solid defending kept them at bay. The clinching goal came after 86 minutes. A free-kick was partially cleared to Young and his cross was met by Myles Anderson who jumped to head home from close-range,
Torquay knew that any chance of their bein relegated had now vanished and they were content to play-out the final few minutes.
A late substitution for Ferriby saw understudy keeper Jordan Douglas get his first taste of National League football. It was a great gesture from Housham because Douglas has been at every game this season.
Ferriby manager Steve Housham commented,
“We’re all disappointed that Southport’s late equaliser saw us finish bottom of the table. It’s hard to take for the players after the way we’ve played in the second-half of the season.
“We’d set a target of 48 points and to finish only nine points short is a pretty good achievement. Most seasons that would have guaranteed safety but this season Guisely need 51 to avoid the drop. That shows how competitive this league is.
“Despite the way the season has played out, I’m proud of the players. They’ve worked hard all season and the side has improved as a team. The progress made as individuals has also been encouraging.
“We’ve shown that we can compete at this level. We can complain about luck, crucial refereeing deisions but in the end we couldn’t find that consistency that is needed on the pitch.
“We go away, recharge our batteries and then look towards next season.”
Ferriby’s relegation needs to be put in to some context. Going down with them are York City whoso were relegated from League Two last season. They came down with a large parachute payment but even that was not enough to keep them up. Other sides with large playing budgets have struggled and more than one club has wondered how Ferriby have managed to stay competitive for so long. For those who know Te Villagers, the answer is simple: team spirit, commitment and pride.
Steve Housham and Darryn S tamp deserve praise for the way they have built this team given that five weeks before the season they did not have anything approaching a squad. Since then they have formed a team of mainly young players that wants to listen and learn.
North Ferriby United
Owen Evans (Jordan Douglas 90+2), Sam Topliss, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton, Taron Hare, (Jordan Cooke 76), Connor Oliver, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Dixon, Ryan Fallowfield, Danny Emerton, Reece Thompson(George Bell 83)
Subs unused: Steve Brogan,Curtids Bateson,
Torquay United:Brendan Moore, Lathaniel Rowe Turner, Ciancarlo Gallfuoco, Luke Young (Sam Chaney 83) Aman Verma, Brett Williams (Shaun Harrad 80), Sean McGinty, Myles Anderson, Jamie Reid (Dan Sparkes 73), Ruari Keating, Jordan Lee
Subs not used: Damon Lathrope, Ben Gerring