NFU 1 AFC Fylde 1 (VCN)

Vanarama Conference North
Saturday 15 November 2014

North Ferriby United    1
Nathan Jarman 56

AFC Fylde 1
Liam Tomsett 53

This was one of Ferriby’s best performances for some time. The whole side played consistently well throughout the game and, with a little more luck, could have taken all three points against second-placed Fylde.

An entertaining first-half saw few direct attempts on goal. Defences were largely on top throughout the half. Fylde were forced to play back a lot due to Ferriby’s pressure up-front and in midfield. Ferriby looked the more threatening but Fylde looked dangerous on the break.

Nathan Jarman and Liam King both went close for Ferriby in the first 15 minutes . Jason St Juste then brought a double save from Fylde keeper  Ben Hinchliffe.

However, it was Fylde who almost took the lead with their only serious threat of the half after 39 minutes. Bradley Barnes’ header from a Richie Allen cross was cleared off the line by Jon d’Laryea.  

Jamie Yates saw Hinchliffe take a cross under pressure from Tom Denton then Jarman was crowded-out by Fylde’s defenders as he tried to create space for a shot.

Ferriby opened the second-half with Hinchliffe grabbing St Juste’s cross just ahead of the in-rushing Denton.

However, but it was Fylde who took the lead after 53 minutes. Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin dropped Richie Allen’s header allowing Liam Tomsett to prod home from close-range.

Ferriby responded well. Ferriby were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty when Josh Langley grappled with Tom Denton in the area. Yates and Jarman then  had shots blocked. The equaliser camein the 56th when  a Jamie Yates’ free-kick was met by Jarman who headed firmly home. Ferriby were the more threatening side as the half-progressed. Hinchliffe finger-tipped a King shot on to the bar and then held a curling shot from Yates.

Michael Barnes had an opportunity for Fylde  but he shot straight at Nicklin.
With both sides looking for a winner, King curled a shot just over the bar for Ferriby whilst Allen saw a shot deflected for a corner for Fylde.

The draw was perhaps a fair result but Ferriby will feel they had the chances to win.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “We played very well today. We certainly had the best chances and it took a top-class save to deny us a goal. I thought we had a nailed-on penalty shout turned-down.  However, we took a point off the second-placed side with a good consistent performance.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin, Josh Wilde, Grant Black,Liam King, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Jamie Yates, Jon D’Laryea Tom Denton (Ryan Kendall 76), Nathan Jarman,  Jason St Juste (Adam Bolder 80)
Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Danny Hone, Nathan Peat 

AFC Fylde: Ben Hinchliffe, Luke Denson, Adam Sumner, Josh Langley, Tom Hannigan, Bradley Barnes, Liam Tomsett (Joe Booth 60), Caspar Hughes, Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick, Michael Barnes (Jamie Allen 85), Richie Allen. Subs not used: Tom Eckersley, Michael Potts,Danny Rowe

 Att: 429

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