Lincoln United 0 NFU 3 (PSF)

Pre-season Friendly
21 July 2015
Lincoln United   0 North Ferriby United  3   

NFU: Danny Clarke 11, Tom Denton 26, Russ Fry 34

This was a good competitive work-out for The Villagers as they continued their pre-season preparations.
Ferriby controlled the first-half in terms of both possession and territory. Lincoln’s attacks were sporadic and they carried little direct threat. Such was Ferriby’s control in defence and midfield that Lincoln only had one attempt on goal, a Simon Triffitt that went over the bar.

The Villagers took the lead after 11 minutes when Danny Clarke latched on to a poor defensive header to lob home keeper Robert Peet.

two minutes later the keeper did well to save to Ryan Kendall’s point-blank shot after Tom Denton had flicked on Adam Nicklin’s kick.

Liam King fired wide as Ferriby built-up the pressure and a second goal always looked on the cards. It duly came after 26 minutes. A Clarke cross was headed by a defender to Denton who hammered home a high shot that Peet could not keep out despite getting both hands on it.

The third goal came after 34 minutes. Ben Middleton was headed by Kendall to Denton whose blocked shot reached Russ fry for a tap-in at the far post.

The half ended with The Villagers having three shots blocked in a matter of seconds following a free-kick.

Lincoln made two substitutions at half-time and the opening five minutes or so saw Lincoln have their best spell of the game. They pressed back Ferriby but created no goal-scoring opportunities.

Ferriby began to exert their control and authority and forced United back for most of the half. Substitutions were made frequently by both managers but the game situation did not change.

Ferriby’s defence and midfield were well in control and Lincoln could not manage one attempt on goal.

Ferriby always looked threatening but created fewer scoring opportunities than in the first-half. The Villagers were stronger and generally quicker to the ball.

Curtis Bateson drew a fine two-handed save from Peet and Clarke fired a 20-yard drive at the keeper.

Good work by Clarke on the edge of the area saw him set-up Bateson  whose low shot was taken by Peet.

The game finished with Clarke seeing a shot deflected for a corner.

Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a good competitive game for us. We played well throughout the team and we displayed some very good finishing.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin (Tom Nicholson 67), Ben Middleton,  Josh Wilde, Liam King (Ross Armstrong 71), Ash Palmer, Danny Hone (Louis Bruce 55), Danny Clarke, Russell Fry (Nathan Hotte63),  Tom Denton(Tom Davie 69), Ryan Kendall (Curtis Bateson 61), Danny Emerton, (Tim Taylor 74),

Lincoln United: Robert Peet, Jordan lemon Kallum Smith, Danny Brooks (Elliot Broughton 45), Michael Jacklin, Jason field (Josh Barkle 80), Jack McGovern ( Callum Ward 60), Chris Hall (Josh Nichol 45), Simon Triffitt (Brad Murphy 85), Scott Ruthven, Matt Cotton . Sub not used: Ben Tonks

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