The Skrill North
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Leamington 0 North Ferriby United 2
Scorers: NFU: Danny Hone 45; Liam King 56
This win saw Ferriby open a two point gap at the top of the Skrill North. The whole game was played in persistent rain and a strongish wind that blew down the pitch. Despite the conditions, both sides made it an entertaining game.
Ferriby went close twice in the early stages. Gregg Anderson’s header found home keeper Tony Breeden. The keeper then did well to punch Dan Clayton’s in-swinging corner off the line under pressure.
Danny Newton wasted a good chance for Leamington after winning the ball in midfield.
Anthony Wilson had two good opportunities to put The Villagers ahead. First he placed the ball wide of both Breeden and the post after good work by Clayton then he headed Liam King’s cross wide from close-range.
David McNamee saw his shot deflected for a corner. The kick was partially cleared and Adam Nicklin produced a fine diving save as a low shot came in.
The game switched from end-to-end with Danny Clarke heading over for Ferriby and Matt Dodd and Newton both firing wide for Leamington.
From this point on, Ferriby largely controlled the game. They exerted pressure in the final five minutes of the half and were rewarded with the opening goal on the stroke of half-time. Clayton’s in-swinging corner was met by Danny Hone who headed home from close range.
Ferriby had the better of the second-half. Leamington tried to use the pace of Newton and Dodd but they were handled well by Ferriby’s defence. In fact, Leamington had only one goal-bound shot in the second-half, a Newton shot that was blocked by Hone’s sliding challenge to concede a corner.
Ryan Kendall did well to dispossess a defender on the left but his low cross just evaded the incoming Wilson>
Ferriby doubled their lead in the 56th minute. Kendall won the ball on the right, played it inside to Wilson. His unselfish pass put King in space to slide the ball past the advancing Breeden.
King almost had a second two minutes later but Breeden produced a flying save to deny the midfielder.
Ferriby played-out the rest of the game and neither side seriously threatened apart from a Danny Clarke shot that went narrowly over.
This was always going to be a difficult game, especially after Saturday’s superb performance at Lincoln. The testing weather conditions did not make life easy for either side but Ferriby made better use of them. This was a gritty performance and a fair result.
Manager Billy Heath was pleased with the result, “It was a tough game but the players did what was needed. It’s good to be in the position we are but we will continue to take each game one at a time.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Nathan Peat, Dean Lisles (Paul Robson 78), Nathan Peat, Liam King (Russell Fry 73, Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Jon D’Laryea, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Kendall (Nathan Jarman 59), Dan Clayton Subs not used: Matt Wilson,, Antoni Pecora
Leamington: Tony Breeden, Ryan Higgins, Stephan Morley, David McNamee (Josh Hawker 67), Liam Daly, James Mace, Matt Dodd, Craig Owen, Danny Newton, Lee Moore (Will Green 73), Kieron Morris
Subs not used: Luke Connolly, Josh Green, Lewis Fenney