)Evostik Northern Premier League
Wednesday 26 December 2018
North Ferriby United Hednesford Town
Tom Waudby 75 (pen) Daniel Cockerline 45
Isaac Cooper 90+5
This was a heart-breaking result for Ferriby. The winning goal came thirty seconds from the end of added-time with The Villagers looking to have gained a well-deserved point. Indeed, they probably deserved to have won the game.
Ferriby had more possession and territory and made very few potentially crucial errors during the game. The overall decision-making of the team was much better than in recent games and it was, probably one of the team’s best performances of the season.
The first-half was a workmanlike affair from both teams with little to excite the fans. The Villagers had more possession and territory. Ben Leyland had a good game on the right and proved a handful for the visiting defence. Callum Harrison and Jordan Harrison constantly pressure the Hednesford defence and unsettled them.
Hednesford almost scored after just three minutes but James Williamson cleared Osebi Abadaki’s header off the line. That was the only threat of a goal from Hednesford until the 45th minute when a throw-in reached Daniel Cockerline in the area and his shot went in off the underside of the bar. It was harsh on Ferriby who certainly did not deserve to go in behind at the break.
in between those moments, Jordan Harrison drew a fine one-handed save from keeper Josef Bursik. Had that gone in, it would have given Ferriby a deserved lead.
Those incidents apart, there was nothing of note from either side in the half.
Ferriby also had the better of the second-half and it was not until the closing minutes that Hednesford came to ant sort of life as an attacking force.
A Leyland cross saw Tom Waudby head just over and seconds later, Jordan Harrison’s shot was deflected for a corner. Leyland was still causing problems and he broke though only to be thwarted by Bursik reacting quickly to block him.
Ferriby finally got the equaliser they deserved when Ben bailey handled in the area to concede a penalty. Waudby stepped-up to send Bursik the wrong the way.
It seemed that The Villagers might have got a point but hearts were in mouths after 87 minutes. Jordan Windass fouled Ryan Shaw to give Hednesford a penalty. There was delay in it being taken as Gary Bradshaw was dismissed for a second yellow card for disputing the decision. Cockerline finally stepped up and hit the ball low to Lewis Exall’s left and he made a great one-handed save.
With time running-out Exall saved well from Bailey before the final heartbreak which saw Isaac cooper score from close-range.
Manager Paul Foot, whilst disappointed with the result, was happy with the performance.
“To be fair, I’m massively proud of the boys today because what we’ve been working on over the last few weeks regarding shape has shown today. The passion and desire the boys showed was fantastic.
“I think we’ve shown the fans that came to day that we are trying to turn the corner and are showing what we can do
“I’ve just said to the players that they have to keep going right to the final whistle. and not just for the first 45 or 90 minutes. You have to keep going right to the end. You can’t afford to switch-off. The first goal was bang on 45 minutes and the second was in the final seconds.
“You have to go right to the end and it was a cruel punishment today but that’s football and that’s another lesson I hope the players can take on-board.
The players are obviously down at losing to such a late goal. But they’d have been disappointed with just a point because I really think we deserved to win today.
“We had a couple of good chances and I thought Ben Leyland was tremendous. Today’s reaction from last week’s game was fantastic and from that positive spin I think people can see what we are trying to do.
“I think we played with more purpose today and we weren’t just trying to boot the ball up the pitch. Tom Waudby had another good game and he had the confidence to take our penalty and score so calmly.
NFU: Lewis Exall, Dan Nichols, Jordan Windass, Joe Lamplough (Mark Hutchinson 57), James Piercy, James Williamson, Tom Waudby, Jack Smith, Jordan Harrison (James Nichols 71), Callum Harrison (Gary Bradshaw 57), Ben Leyland. Subs not used:, Jake Martindale
Hednesford Town: Josef Bursik, Kieron Dawes, Nathan Fox, Ben Bailey, Charlie Gatter, Reece King, Matt Dodd (Mike Howard 79), Jack Hallahan, Dan Cockerline, Osebi Abadaki (Ryan Shaw 17), Joel Logan (Isaac Cooper 59) . Subs not used: Jose Veiga, Jed Davies,