Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Whitby Town 2 North Ferriby United 4
Striker Ryan Kendall stole the show with a hat-trick as Ferriby won 4-2 at Whitby. Whitby had no answer to his pace and movement throughout the game.However, this was also a very good all-round team performance that saw Ferriby maintain their four point lead at the top of the table.
Ferriby threatened from the start and home keeper Nick Liversdge had to be alert to take the ball off Anthony Wilson's toes as the striker broke through.
The first goal came after seven minutes when Russell fry's free-kick from the right was met at the far post by Gregg Anderson who powered home a diving header.
Two minutes later Liam King's long pass to Kendall allowed himto outpace the defence and lob Liversedge as he came out.
Craig Farrell gave Ferriby a warning about his free-kicks when hefired a 20-yard free kick over the bar. He got a second opportunity after 20 minutes when his well-struck free-kick from 20 yards seemed to go through the wall to pull one back.
Ferriby continued to exert pressure and Ryan Wiliams and fry both went close. The third goal Ferriby's control deserved came after 36 minutes. Kendall won the ball in midfield and his angled run to the corner of the area ended with him firing a low shot into the far corner.
Whitby pulled a goal back immediately. Farrell broke down the right and although his shot was parried by Nicklin it rolled against Anderson who could not prevent it going in to the net.
Ferriby controlled the second-half and Whitby's attacks posed little serious threat. Ferriby's midfield and defence made life difficult for Whitby who were often forced to play back towards their own goal instead of going forward.
Ferriby constantly threatened and Danny Clark, Kendall, Williams and King all went close to adding a fourth goal
The fourth goal finally came after 71 minutes. Wilson was bundled over in the penalty by Ibby Hassan's clumsy challenge. Kendall completed his hat-trick when he sent Liversedge the wrong way with his spot-kick.
Ferriby continued to press and denied Whitby any serious opportunities as they closed-out the game.
Manager Billy Heath commented, "I'm really pleased with the result' It was a very good performance by the team, especially in the second-half. Whitby are a good side and to go there and score four times was really pleasing.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Gary Bradshaw 84), Ryan Williams (Steve Ridley 75) Non-playing subs: Chris Bolder, Oliver Banks, Antoni Pecora
Whitby Town: Nick Liversidge, Ibrahim Hassan, Mark Robinson, Kevin Burgess, Arjan Purewal, David McTiernan (Steven Snaith 81), Tom Portas, Shane Henry, Craig Farrell, Graeme Armstrong, Ashley Corker (Nathan Mulligan 78). Non-playing subs: Craig James, Alex White, David Campbell.