Saturday 24 March 2018
Vanarama National League North
North Ferriby United 1 Blyth Spartans 0
Jordon Cooke 60
Relegated Ferriby stunned promotion hopefuls Blyth with a determined and spirited performance to gain their first home win of the season and complete a double over Blyth.
If teams were thinking that Ferriby may now lie down and go through the motions, then this week’s results have given the lie to that.
Just like the draw against Salford on Tuesday was fully deserved, so was this win this afternoon.
The first-half was a fairly low key affair with little to get either set of fans excited. Blyth started strongly and defender Nathan Buddle had three attempts on goal in the first 15 minutes without really troubling Ferriby keeper Ross Durrant.
Jordan Harrison almost scored after winning the ball in midfield before dragging his shot wide. Harrison’s effort and pace caused trouble for Blyth throughout the game.
Buddle again went close for the visitors before Jamie Forrester’s looping free-kick went over the bar.
England C international Danny Maguire managed to get a powerful shot in but Durrant reacted well to parry it.
In fact, the most notable event of the first-half was the 42nd minutes replacement of referee Samuel Barrot by assistant referee Jonathon Bickerdike. Barrot had to be stretchered off with a knee injury. Qualified referee and Blyth supporter Tony Young took over the assistant referee role. Credit to Young for doing the job so well.
The second-half was more entertaining and both sides had opportunities to score.
Lewis Collins, who had a very good game in midfield, hit a shot very narrowly wide after good work by Jack Walters and Luke Lofts.
Blyth then had a 10-minute spell which saw Rivers force Durrant to make a one-handed save. This was the only significant save that Durrant had to make in the half. That said, he was confident in everything he had to do.
The back four were absolutely superb and most of Blyth’s efforts were blocked by some solid defending.
Lofts had a shot blocked before the game’s only goal arrived after 60 minutes when Jordon Cooke headed home Jamie Forrester’s nicely flighted free-kick.
Ferriby took control after this but neither team created little more than half-chances. Blyth got more frustrated as the game went on. Jarrett Rivers and Robert Dale worked hard to create openings but they had little end result.
Ferriby’s Lewis Collins ran midfield. He created attacking positions and broke-up Blyth’s rhythm.
Ferriby’s back-four defended well and most of Blyth’s shots were blocked. Durrant only had one save of any note to make.
It was a long five minutes of added time but Ferribsaw it ut and could have actually doubled the score but keeper Peter Jameson responded quickly to deny Collins as he burst through.
Manager Chris Bolder commented,
“This win was fully deserved. We know we may have to surrender possession and territory at times during games. That’s how it was today.
“I felt they got a bit desperate at times. They found us hard to break us down because we defended extremely well.
“Our two centre-backs (James Mail and Jack Piercey) were phenomenal.They have played against some excellent forwards this week and they’ve handled themselves well.
“Jamie Forrester was outstanding. He put in a brilliant free-kick for the goal.
“The front lads are working hard. James Nichols is an intelligent footballer who is still learning. He makes good runs both on and off the ball.
“We appreciate with how the fans are getting behind us. It was nice for them to see home victory today. Those who’ve been coming recently will have seen today’s result coming.
“We’re in good form given that we are in a rebuilding process. We’ve got 2 wins, 2 draws, and one defeat in our last five games.”
So, Ferriby will go into the Easter weekend with confidence quite high. Four points this week against promotion-chasing sides sends out a clear message that The Villagers are still alive and kicking. They may only be playing for pride but that is a strong driver.
NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters (Bobby Johnson 68), Paul Robson, James Piercey, Jack Mail, Jordan Harrison, Jamie Forrester, Brett Agnew (James Nichols 56),, Lewis Collins, Luke Lofts (AJ George 77)
Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, (Alex Bannister
Blyth Spartans: Peter Jameson, David Atkinson, Ian Watson, Sean Reid, Nathan Buddle, Ryan Hutchinson, Jarrett Rivers, Ben Liddle, Daniel Maguire (Macauley Langstaff 58), Dale Hopson (Jordan Laidler 72), Robert Dale
Subs not used: Damen Mullen, Joseph Borman, Shaun McDonald