Brackley Town 1 NFU 1 (SN)

The Skrill North
Saturday 31st August 2013

Brackley Town 1 North Ferriby United 1
 Scorers: NFU:  Nathan Jarman 60
                Brackley: Izak Reid 84

Ferriby deservedly won a point against a good Brackley side that was strong at the back and had pace up-front. The Villagers had to play the final 25 minutes with ten men after Anthony Wilson was sent-off after a clash with Ryan Austin. Ferriby dug deep after this but were denied victory when Izak Reid equalised after 84 minutes

Ferriby almost took the lead after just four minutes. Wilson’s long ball released Robson. His cross was headed on by Liam King to Nathan Jarman who shot wide when well-placed.

Brackley responded with Adam Nicklin superbly parrying Steve Diggin’s close-range shot and the follow-up shot was cleared off the line.

Brackley should have taken the lead after 13 minutes when the ball bounced around the area with no Brackley player being able to find a finishing touch.

Ferriby should have had a penalty when Wilson was fouled in the area. The referee raised the whistle to his mouth but waved play-on as Wilson scrambled to his feet off-balance nda with no advantage at all to the visitors.

Nicklin’s drop-kick was then headed-on by Wilson to Jarman whose shot on the turn went straight though to keeper Billy Turley.

Brackley depended on long balls to Gary Mulligan and Steve Diggin. The pace and control of this pair put Ferriby under pressure throughout the half but generated few serious goal-scoring opportunities.

Wilson almost put Ferriby ahead on the stroke of half-time but his header from Jamie Yates’ cross was narrowly wide.

Brackley’s main threat came from high balls in to the area. Keeper Adam Nicklin and his defence held firm under pressure and made few errors. Brackley will no doubt feel they should have gone in leading at half-time as they had exerted more pressure but could not make it tell.

Ferriby started the second-half brightly with Danny Hone flashing a header just over from a Yates’ free-kick. Wilson then fired narrowly wide with a shot on the turn as he latched on to Nathan Peat’s free-kick. Yates then fired in a cross-shot that Turley just managed to fingertip wide. The resulting corner-kick from Yates caused confusion in the Brackley area but was finally cleared

Brackley’s only response saw Glenn Walker head wide from Neil Cartwright’s deep cross.

Ferriby’s pressure was rewarded after 60 minutes when Jarman fired home Wilson’s cross from 15 yards. This was the first goal Brackley had conceded this season.

The game took an unexpected turn after 66 minutes when Wilson was dismissed for the alleged use of his arm in an aerial challenge with home skipper Ryan Austin. Up to this point, Ferriby had looked to be in control and the most likely side to win.

The extra man advantage gave the impetus to Brackley but Ferriby’s ten men defended superbly and closed down Brackley’s attacks and limited the home side’s chances.

Brackley should have done better after Nicklin had dropped a cross under pressure but The Villagers’ defence scrambled the ball clear. Mulligan headed over before Brackley equalised after 84 minutes. A softly awarded free-kick was superbly curled over the wall by Reid giving Nicklin no chance.

 The game closed with Ferriby exerting pressure and the final whistle aw them finish with a well-deserved point. This was a committed performance by a Ferriby team that lifted its game in the second-half. The Villagers may feel they could have taken all three points but a draw was probably a fair result in the end.

Manager Billy Heath commented, “I’m pleased with a point but disappointed at the same time. We defended well with ten men and for them to equalise as they did so late in the game was unfortunate. The attitude and performance of the players was good throughout. We were strong in defence and created opportunities up front”

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Liam King (Jon D’Laryea89),  Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson, Nathan Jarman (Ryan Kendall 75), Jamie Yates (Dean Lisles 77)
 Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Matt Wilson,

Brackley Town: Billy Turley, Neil Cartwright (Greg Kaziboni0),  Curtis McDonald (Eddie Nisevic 68), Eddie Odihambo, Tom Sharpe, Ryan Austin,Izak Reid, Brett Solkhon, Gary Mulligan (Marvin Robinson 86),
 Steve Diggin, Glenn Walker. Subs not used:, Steve Towers, , Nat Jarvis

Attendance: 283

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