Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United 2 Boston United 0
(Half-time: NFU 1 Boston 0 )
Scorers: NFU: Mark Gray 16; Liam King 85
After Boxing day’s disappointing performance at Gainsborough, Ferriby bounced back in style to gain a deserved victory over Boston United. This was the third time The Villagers have beaten Boston this season.
The first-half was entertaining without there actually being a lot of goalmouth incident. Ferriby carried the greater threat in the first-half with Adam Bolder and Liam King creating problems for Boston from midfield. Boston threatened on breaks as they struggled to break through Ferriby’s defence and midfield.
Boston opened with mark Jones firing wide from 20-yards whilst The Villagers responded with a promising attack that ended with Jason St Juste was tackled to gain a corner as he was about to shoot.
The only goal of the half came after 16 minutes from the only really threatening attempt either side had on goal. Mark Gray rising high in the goal area to head home Bolder’s beautifully flighted cross.
Neither keeper was forced in to a save for teh rest of the half as occasional attempts on goal from both sides went wide or high,
Boston came out in the second-half determined to find an equaliser and pressed Ferriby for much of the half. However, like the first-half, their endeavour had little end-product as Ferriby defended well and closed down the visitors in midfield. This was largely reminiscent of Ferriby’s recent FA Trophy victory at Boston.
Boston twice came close to a goal in the 48th minute. Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin turned round a shot from Jamie McGhee. The resulting corner finally ended with Scott Garner forcing Nicklin into a good save from close-range. These attempts were the closest Boston came to an equaliser.
Louis Bruce saw a header from 18-yards taken by Boston keeper Joel Dixon. Liam King then saw a shot blocked by one of his own players before curling a second shot Dixon. Ryan Kendall also saw a shot held by Dixon.
Boston only had two attempts on goal with Dayle Southwell sending both his efforts wide.
Ferriby clinched the game after 85 minutes. King ran on to Nathan Jarman’s flicked header to slide the ball past the advancing Dixon.
Ferriby finished the stronger and went close twice in added tome. King’s low shot was turned round by Dixon and Jarman headed a St Juste cross wide.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “This was the response I wanted and expected from the players. It was a tremendous performance. There were only two changes from Boxing Day but the difference was the attitude that was shown on the pitch.
We now need to build on this during the second half of the season and become more consistent. We are still capable of reaching the play-offs if we can find that consistency. We have kept a clean sheet today against a side that is very capable of scoring goals.”
This was a professional and purposeful performance by Ferriby who responded well to the criticism that followed the Boxing Day game and was an excellent way to finish the year.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Louis Bruce (Nathan Peat 81), Josh Wilde, Liam King, Gregg Anderson Mark Gray, Adam Bolder (Jon D’Laryea 78), Russelll Fry , Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Nathan Jarman 72), Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Tim Taylor
Boston United: Joel Dixon, Liam Marrs, Rene Steer, Conor Marshall (Kaine Felix 45)., Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni, Zak Mills, Michael Hollingsworth (Olly Price 87), Dayle Southwell, Mark Jones, Marc Newsham (Jamie McGhee 45), Subs not used: Sam Vince, Louis Saebe