Luke Kandi 90+2
North Ferriby United 1
Steve Brogan 45
Half time: NFU 1 Woking 0
There was another heart-breaking finish for Ferriby as a goal deep into added time saw Woking snatch a point. The Villagers produced a tremendous defensive performance against Woking and with time looking out it appeared that Steve Brogan’s stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time had won the game for Ferriby.
It has to be said that The Villagers rode their luck in the game, especially in the second-half when Woking continually surged forward. They created good chances but shots were hit wide plus one effort came back off the post and another off the underside of the bar. Even so, it would have been difficult to deny that Ferriby would have deserved the win because of the way they defended.
The first twenty minutes saw The Villagers struggle to keep possession but excellent defensive play denied Woking any clear scoring opportunities.
Ferriby gradually came in to the game and Kyle Wootton saw a goal-bound shot blocked.
Woking upped their tempo and created three good chances. Rory Watson saved the first from Fabio Saraiva and the same player missed the target two minutes later when well-placed. In-between, Dalano Sam-Yorke had a free-header but put the ball wide.
In added-time at the end of the half, Woking paid the price for their profligacy. Keeper Brandan Hall punched the ball away off Kyle Wootton’s head and with virtually the last kick of the half Steve Brogan hit a dipping curling free-kick past Hall to give Ferriby the lead.
The second-half saw Woking launch attack after attack but superb defensive work from the whole Ferriby sides , plus a little good fortune, kept the at bay.
Rory Watson saved with his feet from Chigozie Ugwu and the Keiran Murtagh hammered shot against Watson’s left-hand post. Given the bad luck that Ferriby have suffered in recent games, Lady Luck was on their side again after 55 minutes when Charlie Carter’s shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.
Watson made a great one-handed save as Sam-Yorke burst through. Woking wasted other good opportunities in te final 20 minutes of normal time.
Ferriby had limited opportunities in the second-half with Brogan and Curtis Bateson, back as asunstitute after a number of weeks out, fired shots at Hall.
It was substitute Luke Kandi who broke Ferriby’s heart in the second minute of added time. He skipped past two challenge before firing low shot just inside Watson’s left-hand post. Cruel and underserved fortune for Ferriby.
Manager Steve Housham commented,
“It was desperately disappointing result with conceding in the last minute. That hurts after the way we played. It’s been typical of our games over recent weeks. We have to learn to manage the game in the last few minutes.
“Once again, I can’t fault the players for their performance or commitment against a side that is one of the highest scorers in the league.”
It was a whole-hearted performance from the whole team with everybody playing well. Once again, Ferriby earned praise from many at the game and on television for their performance as a team and their commitment.
Despite the disappointment at not winning, the whole team can hold its’ head up high. The season is a long way from over and there is no reason why performances like this will not see Ferriby turn their season round.
NFU: Rory Watson, Taron Hare, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton (Danny Emerton 45), Steve Brogan , Sam Topliss , Ryan Fallowfield . Danny Clarke, Simon Russell (Danny Emerton 16), Reece Thompson (Conner Robinson 74) , Kyle Wootton
Subs not used: Mark Gray, Darryn Stamp
Woking: Brandan Hall, jake Caprice (Max Kretschmar 68), Joey Jones, Brian saah, Ismail Yakubu, Keiran Murtagh, Ghigozie Ugwu, Charlie Carter (Luke Kandi 65), Fabio Saraiva, Dalano Sam-Yorke, Ben Jefford Anthony Edgar 65). Subs not used: Terrell Thomas, Frankie Sutherland