AFC Telford Utd 1 NFU 1 (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
19 September 2015

AFC Telford United   1                   North Ferriby United     1
Sean Clancy 77p                             Liam King 73              

Attendance: 1250

Ferriby snatched a point after playing the final 30 minutes with just 10 men following Tom Denton’s red card.  The Villagers may have had a bit of luck in this period but, to be honest, they played their best football after the dismissal. Danny Emerton and Curtis Bateson worked hard throughout the game but put in an amazing amount of effort during the final half-hour to frequently push Telford back.

The first hour of the game was fairly poor with neither side able to gain any sort of control in midfield. As a result, both teams hit far too many long balls that had little end result.

Adam Nicklin saved Ferriby twice in the first 10 minutes denying both Danny Glover and Connor McCarthy with his legs. Telford thought McCarthy’s effort should have been a penalty as Louis Bruce pulled him back in the build-up. However Glover kept going and managed to get his shot in.

It was 19 minutes before Ferriby had a shot on target when Denton’s goal-bound shot was blocked by a defender and bounced clear.

it was a further 12 minutes before either side had an effort on goal and Bateson drew a good save from Telford keeper James Montgomery.

Sean Clancy fired wide for Telford then McCarthy missed a good chance when Nicklin saved from him.

As the half closed, Denton had a header saved by Montgomery and on the stoke of half-time, Izak reid hit the bar with a free-kick for Telford.

Paul McCone headed wide as the second-half begun but it was Ferriby who thought they had taken the lead after 49 minutes. Louis Bruce drove in a long high free-kick which Denton rose to head. As he headed home, Montgomery collided with him and the referee inexplicably disallowed the goal.

The game was still mainly lacking in entertainment but this change on 61 minutes. Denton was penalised, unfairly, it appeared, and in frustration he kicked out an opponent. The referee was left with little option to send-off the striker.

This meant that Ferriby were left without a recognised striker on the pitch because Ryan Kendall had had to be substituted due tn Achilles injury after just 14 minutes. 

Ferriby re-grouped in midfield and the defence suddenly looked better organised and assured. Against the odds, The Villagers took the lead after 71 minutes. A determined run by Emerton saw his shot blocked. The rebound fell to Liam King who scored from close range.

Telford piled on the pressure in the final 20 minutes. King tripped McCarthy just inside the area and Clancy gave Nicklin no chance from the spot-kick.

This boosted Telford but they had few opportunities to get the winner. Nicklin pushed a dangerous cross over the bar before the final minute saw substitute Ryan Rowe and Reid both miss. Rowe forced a saved from Nicklin and Reid should really have won the game for the home side but he pushed the ball wide as Nicklin came out to narrow the angle.

This certainly was not a good performance by The Villagers but they return home with an unbeaten run that now stretches to 10 games.

Ferriby Manager Billy Heath commented:  “We looked jaded in the first-half but got it together in the second-half. Losing Ryan(Kendall) so early was a blow but the players responded well to that.

We defended well in the final 30 minutes and we did enough to deserve the point. Overall, it was not one of our better performances but sometimes you have to grind out a result and that is what we did today.”

Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde (Ben Middleton 85), Liam King,  Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Danny Emerton (Tom Davie 90+2), Russell Fry,  Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Adam Bolder14), Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Timothy Taylor

AFC Telford United: James Montgomery, Mark Lees, Darren Campion, Graham Hutchison, Curtis Tilt, Paul McCone (Ryan Rowe 76), Izak Reid, Lucas Dawson (Johnny Gorman 72),  Danny Glover (Kaiman Anderson 72), Connor McCarthy, Sean Clancy. Subs not used: Greg Wilkinson, Jordan Goddard


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