Vanarama National League North
5 September 2015
Brackley Town 2 North Ferriby United 4
Sam Whittall 31 Curtis Bateson 22, 28
David Moyo 79 Ryan Kendall 50, 67
This win extended Ferriby’s unbeaten run to seven games and ended a sequence of five draws. The villagers were the better side throughout the game and were worthy winners.
It took 20 minutes for the game to really get going and it was Ferriby who threatened first when it did. Russ Fry’s free-kick was headed by Tom Denton straight to home keeper Dan Crane. This was immediately followed by Crane blocking Liam King’s low shot after some good approach work by Kendall.
The spell of pressure finally paid off in the 22nd minute. Denton’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Curtis Bateson who fired home a powerful shot.
Ferriby were on top and Danny Clarke and Denton both went close before Bateson scored his, and Ferriby’s second goal. Mark Gray’s accurate 40-yard cross-field ball found Bateson on the left touchline. The winger cut inside then blasted the ball past Crane.
Ferriby looked in control and it was a surprise when Brackley pulled a goal back after 31 minutes. Stepahn Morley’s free-kick from the left was met unchallenged at the near post by Sam Whittall and he duly headed home.
This lifted Brackley and Steve Digginin wasted a glorious chance to equalise when he lobbed both Adam Nicklin and the bar after 37 minutes. Two minutes later, Nicklin tipped over n Ashley Palmer miskick.
The half ended controversially. Whittall pushed King in the back in the penalty area as King was about to shoot. Following discussion with the assistant referee, Whittall was shown the red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. King stepped-up to take the penalty but his shot struck the bar and bounced out.
Ferriby have struggled in the second-half in recent games and this has proved costly in terms of points. Today they put in a good second-half performance and, to a large extent, played Brackley out of the game.
It is not always easy playing against 10 men and to their credit, Brackley did try to take the game to The Villagers when they could. They were largely restricted to quick breaks but they did look dangerous on occasion.
Ferriby opened the half strongly and Crane finger-tipped a Bateson shot round the post. If Ferriby had any nerves, they were settled after 50 minutes. Kendall was the first to react after Bateson’s shot hit the underside of the bar. Like all good strikers, Kendall put the ball in the net from close-range rather than wait for the referee’s decision as to whether or not Bateson had scored.
Town almost pulled a goal back on 52 minutes when Glenn walker headed a Morley cross on to the bar.
With Ferriby mainly in control, Clarke saw a shot deflected for a corner. Bateson was then denied by a joint challenge from a defender and Crane. In-between, Morley hit a 25-yard drive over the bar.
The clinching goal came on 67 minutes. Josh Wilde’s cross was neatly headed by Denton to Kendall who poked the ball home from close-range.
Ferriby’s defence handled Brackley’s attacks well and opportunities were limited. Sam Smith tried to lob Nicklin but the keeper held the ball over his head.
Bateson drew a diving save from Crane before Brackley pulled-back a goal. David Moyo was played-in behind Ferriby’s defence. He rounded Nicklin to slide the ball home.
That was Brackley’s last opportunity as Ferriby closed-out the game for a deserved and welcome win.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “It was good to get the win after so many draws. We took our chances today and defended well on the whole. Crucially , we put in a good display in each-half.
“We dominated the game today and it was a great result. We were on top even when they had 11 players on the pitch. It’s not an easy place to get a win and it’s also a long journey which can sometimes affects players.
NU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Adam Bolder 73), Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke (Danny Emerton 68), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Nathan Hotte 82), Curtis Bateson: Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton
Brackley Town: Dan Crane, Dwayne Samuels, Stepahn Morley, Sam Whitall, Luke Graham, Ryan Austin (Frank Sinclair 82), Owen Story (Greg Kaziboni 73), Pablo Mills,David Moyo, Steve Diggin (Sam Smith 52), Glenn Walker. Sub not used: Dan Farrell