Altrincham 1 NFU 1 (SN)

The Skrill North
Saturday 12 April  2014

Altrincham 1   North Ferriby United  1
Scorers: NFU: Ryan Kendall 15
Altrincham: Greg Wilkinson 79

This was a deserved point for The Villagers in a game which saw Ferriby have the beter of the first half and Altrincham the second.

The first-half was suspended for some 10 minutes midway through the half due to an injury to referee Scott Oldham. He was replaced Assistant referee Sam Mulhall and a replacement took over on the line.

Ferriby were the more dominant and  threatening team in the firs-half and a short spell of pressure finally resulted in a goal. Nathan Jarman hd a shot turned for a corner by home keeper Stuart Coburn who then was fortunate to see his punch off the line hit one of his own defenders and bounce clear.  A Ferriby free-kick was cleared  as far as Liam King who played the ball in to Jarman. His lay-off saw Ryan Kendall cheekily place the ball over Coburn for the opening goal after 15 minutes.

Ferriby continued to press and Jarman twice went close. Coburn cleared a mark gray header with Kendall about to pounce and Danny Clarke fired wide. The delay for the injury to the referee failed to disrupt Ferriby’s rhythm and they still had the better of the half.

Altrincham presented little serious threat in the first-half. They tended to play long balls for  Jamie Walshaw and Kyle Perry but they were well-shackled by Ferriby’s defence. Altrincham managed only one goal attempt in the half with a 20-yard shot that went straight to Adam Nicklin.

The second-half was a rather different story.. Ferriby started brightly with King and Hone both going close. From then, Altrincham enjoyed the greater possession but still struggled to actually get shots on target. Long-range efforts were blocked as they were closed down by Ferriby’s defence and midfield.

Jake Moult saw a shot deflected for a corner from which he headed wide. Walshaw drew a one-handed save from Nicklin with Mark Gray completing the clearance. Kyle Perry headed over when well-placed before the equaliser arrived. It came after 79 minutes. A free-kick was partially cleared to substitute Greg Wilkinson whose low shot from took a cruel deflection to leave Adam Nicklin helpless.

The game closed with neither side seriously offering a goal threat.

A draw was probably a fair result and just adds another twist to the title race. Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a good point but it is always disappointing to concede close to the end. The players put-in a good team performance. The important thing is that we are still in control of our own fate. If we can win at Stalybridge on Wednesday we will; go back to the top of the table.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Josh Wilde (Nathan Peat 85) , Liam King, Mark Gray, Danny Hone,  Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Ryan Kendall, Nathan Jarman Jamie Yates(Danny Emerton 82)
Subs not used: Steve Gardner, Antoni Pecora,Lewis Mc Mahon

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Shaun Densmore (c), Adam Griffin (Tom Marshall 45), Carl Rodgers, Gianluca Havern, Scott Leather, James Lawrie, Jake Moult (Greg Wilkinson 77), Kyle Perry, James Walshaw, Nicky Clee, Subs not used: Matt Doughty, Jeff King, Russell Saunders


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