Hednesford Town 1 NFU 3 (VCN)

Vanarama Football Conference North
14 March 2015

Hednesford Town 1   North Ferriby United  3                                Attendance:

NFU: Danny Clarke 23; Adam Bolder 66 pen; Nathan Jarman 79

 Hednesford: :Ben Bailey 9

The Villagers produced a professional performance to beat Hednesford.

The Pitmen played the final 60 minutes with 10 men after skipper Darren Campion was sent off for a foul on Danny Clarke.  However, this takes nothing from Ferriby’s performance which was controlled and measured.

Ferriby threatened in the first minute with Adam Bolder’s free-kick being blocked, allowing him to fire in the  rebound which was also blocked.

Hednesford responded with James Hurst’s 30-yard shot being held by Jonathan Hedge. The Pitmen took the lead on nine minutes when Ben Bailey’s headed powerfully home from Glenn Walker’s corner.

Ferriby began to exert a degree of control with Adam Bolder taking control of midfield. This allowed Curtis Bateson and Danny Clarke to continually create problems down both wings.

Clarke saw a cross-shot deflected for  corner then shortly after that he volleyed over the bar.

The Villagers almost had an equaliser when a Sam Topliss throw was headed out to Josh Wilde. Unfortunately for Wilde, home keeper Dan Crane dived to save Wilde’s low drive from 35 yards.

The equaliser came after 23 minutes. Ryan Kendall took Topliss’s pass, turned a defender and played a neat inside ball to Clarke who then turned his marker before advancing and firing a low cross-shot in at the far-post.

Six minutes later, Hednesford were reduced to 10 when Campion’s high challenge saw a foot connect with Clarke’s head. The referee had his red card out immediately.

Ferriby went close to taking the lead after 32 minutes but, as on so many occasions this season, they were denied by the woodwork. Topliss found Ryan Kendall whose shot was turned on to the bar by Crane and Tom Denton headed the rebound against the post. From the clearance, Clarke hit a low shot inches wide.

With Ferriby’s defence and midfield in control, Hednesford rarely posed a threat and Hedge’s only save was to hold a free-kick from Walker.

Ferriby had the better of the second-half, although Hednesford did have their moments.
As in the first-half, Bolder controlled midfield and kept The Villagers going forward. Hednesford’s opportunities were limited as Ferriby continued to defend well.

Billy Heath made two early substitutions. Josh Wilde and Matt Wilson had picked-up first bookings. With a second yellow meaning dismissal and being suspended for the Trophy Final, Heath replaced them with Louis Bruce and Gregg Anderson.

Crane did well to come out quickly to deny Kendall as Ferriby opened the half brightly.

There was little serious goal threat at either end as the game’s tempo dropped as Ferriby controlled matters.

However after 66 minutes Tom Thorley tripped Bolder in the area and Bolder hammered the penalty past the diving Crane. The lead was no more than Ferriby deserved.

This prompted Hednesford into some sort of action. Jamey Osborne hit  a shot straight at Hedge then the keeper made a superb save from substitute Steve Diggin.

Crane, for the second time, came out to block Kendall whilst Hednesford could manage jsut two shots that went wide.

Bolder hit the bar fro 25 yards but it did not delay the third goal for long. Bolder’s Corner was headed back across the are by Denton to allow substitute Nathan Jarman to score with a low cross-shot.

Hednesford responded late-on but it was too little too late. Hedge held Jamey Osborne’s shot before turning over a shot from Adam Thomas. Diggin should have pulled a goal back but somehow managed to miss from virtually on the goal-line.

Ferriby Assistant  Manager Mark Carroll was delighted with the result, “It was a very good all-round performance against a good side. We started the better side despite conceding an early goal. The sending-off probably changed the game in our favour to some extent but we still had to produce a good performance which is not always easy against 10 men.

"Everybody contributed to today's win. The players have produced outstanding performances in the last two games and they are giving Billy and myself plenty of playing options.

NFU: Jonathan Hedge, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde (Louis Bruce 50), Jon D’Laryea, Matt Wilson (Gregg Anderson 50), Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Adam Bolder, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson (Nathan Jarman 69). Subs not used: Mark Gray, Tom Nicholson

Hednesford Town: Dan Crane, James Hurst, Darren Campion, Ben Bailey, Chris Westwood, Tom Thorley (Steve Diggin 69), Jamey Osbourne, Adam Thomas,  Marvin Robinson (Lloyd Kerry 37), Nick Rushton (Tom Strain 83), Glenn Walker, Richard Batchelor. Sub not used: Andy Todd


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