FA Carlsberg Trophy 3rd Round
Farnborough FC 0
North Ferriby United 2
Tom Denton 19
Ryan Kendall 30
Ferriby moved through to the FA Trophy quarter-finals for the second year in succession with a win that they certainly deserved by the end of the game.
To a certain extent, The Villagers rode their luck in the first half. Adam Nicklin made a number of good saves to deny Farnborough who were the more threatening side. However, it was Ferriby who took their chances through Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall to give The Villagers a two goal lead.
Ferriby produced a much better second-half performance. They made far fewer errors and limited Farnborough to just one attempt on goal late in the game.
Ferriby committed a number of errors in the early part of the game and should really have been at least one goal behind in the first 17 minutes. First, Louie Theophanous fired in an 18-yard shot that was held comfortably by Adam Nicklin. Shortly after, Nicklin responded quickly and agilely to race out and dive at Theophanous’s feet to take the ball as the striker broke through. On 17 minutes Nicklin again denied Theophanous with another alert block.
Farnborough were made to pay for their missed opportunities. After 19 minutes, Russ Fry floated in a free-kick from the left touchline and and Tom Denton rose to head home at the near-post.
The home side responded with a shot in to the side-netting from Lloyd Foot who was then denied by an absolutely superb one-handed save by Nicklin from a close-range header.
To some extent, Ferriby were making problems for themselves with some slack passing in defence and midfield. However, The Villagers gradually came more in to the game.
The Villagers doubled their lead after 30 minutes. Fry’s left-corner was headed on by Denton to Kendall who headed home from close-range.
The goal clearly stunned Farnborough who offered little attacking threat for the rest of the game.
Liam King and Jason St Juste had shots blocked following a Louis Bruce throw-in. Another Bruce throw saw King, once again, having a shot blocked with Fry hitting the rebound at home keeper Dillon Barnes.
The final minute saw a chance at each end. Firstly, Kendall twisted past two defenders before pulling a low cross-shot narrowly wide. From the goal kick, Theophanous gain broke through only for Nicklin to deny him once more with and outstretched leg.
Farnborough seemed to lack any real passion in the second-half but this could probably be put down Ferriby’s performance. This was much more controlled and the defence and midfield worked tirelessly to deny Farnborough time and space to build attacks. They made far fewer errors and carried much more threat going forward than in the first-half.
Ferriby went close on four occasions in the first 10 minutes of the half. Adam Bolder and King both hit shots wide. King then slid the ball narrowly past the far-post before Danny Clarke had a shot blocked.
Ferriby’s control in defence and midfield was relentless. Gregg Anderson and Denton both went close with headers. St Juste was causing no end of problems down the left as Farnborough were regularly forced back as Bolder, Fry and King ran midfield.
Farnborough had a great opportunity to score after 79 minutes. Rece Beckles seemed well off-side but the flag stayed down as he raced on only for Nicklin to once again race out and save.
Ferriby effectively shut down the game but still managed two more close attempts from Clarke and King.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “I’m absolutely delighted with the result. We probably rode our luck in the first half. Adam (Nicklin) made some crucial saves and we scored two good goals from set pieces.
“We shut game down in the second-half and could have killed game off early on. It’s been a long week for players and they have put in a tremendous performance. It was a great result. As for the next round, it will be tough who ever we draw.”
To some extent, the first-half was a reverse of Ferriby’s fortunes in recent games where The Villagers have wasted so many chances and then conceded rather soft goals. However, this was a good professional performance by The Villagers.
The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on Monday lnchtime with the ties scheduled for Saturday 7th February.
North Ferriby: NFU: Adam Nicklin, Louis Bruce (Nathan Peat 53), Josh Wilde, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Adam Bolder 45), Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Mark Gray, Jon D’Laryea
Farnborough FC: Dillon Barnes, Jamie Hand, Ollie Treacher, Michael Richens, Adam Brice, Lloyd Foot (c), Reece Beckles, Harry Grant, Phil Page, Louie Theophanous, Duncan Culley (Gus Sow 69) Subs not used: Courtney Fearn, Amadeu Arnau, Gradi Milenge, Matthew Jones,