Wednesday 1 January 2014
North Ferriby United 2 Gainsborough Trinity 0
Scorers: NFU: Danny Hone 42; Callum Howe (own goal) 60
Ferriby gave a very professional performance in a game that was dictated by swirling wind throughout and by squally rain for much of the second-half. The win moved Ferriby up to second on a day that saw defeats for rivals Hednesford and Brackley.
Both sides struggled to master the swirling wind in the first-half. The half was fairly even with few serious threats to either goal. Liam davis shot over the bar for Gainsborough then Danny Hone saw a header go straight to visiting keeper Phil Barnes.
There followed a lengthy spell where both teams could create no clear chances. Simon Russell saw one shot go wide and a second went straight to Adam Nicklin.
Ferriby responded with three headers from Hone, Gregg Anderson and Anthony Wilson.
A quick break after 37 minutes saw Alistair Taylor’s low shot finger-tipped round by Nicklin. This was the only serious save he had to make in the game.
A dangerous Wilson cross was cleared for a corner which Jamie Yates took. Danny Hone rose above everybody else in the goal area to head home and give Ferriby the lead.
The conditions worsened in the second-half with squally rain adding to the already difficult windy conditions.
Ferriby adapted much better to the conditions and Gainsborough only managed one off-target shot as The Villagers defended well and closed down the visitors’ midfield.
The Villagers did their best to keep the ball on the ground to negate the wind. Gainsborough found this hard to deal with as Ferriby created a number of chances.
Nathan Jarman fed Wilson who ran across two defenders before firing a low shot that was deflected for corner. Jarman saw one shot fly just wide and had a second saved by Barnes. Dean Lisles and Jon D’laryea both had shots saved before the pressure finally told.
Jarman beat the off-side trap and his run and low cross from the right was turned by Callum Howe into his own goal.
Gainsborough managed a couple of brief spells of pressure but could make no headway against a determined Ferriby midfield and defence.
Ferriby played-out the game to gain a thoroughly deserved win.It sets the stage for Saturday’s difficult trip to promotion rivals Hednesford Town.
Manager Billy Heath commented, “It was a really good performance in poor conditions. We played particularly well in the second-half as we adapted far better to the weather.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Paul Robson ,( Dean Lisles12), Nathan Peat, Liam King (Jon D’Laryea 45), Gregg Anderson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Anthony Wilson (Ryan Kendall 81), Nathan Jarman, Jamie Yates Subs not used: Antoni Pecora, Dan Clayton
Gainsborough Trinity: Phil Barnes, Josh Lacey, Josh Wilde, Jonathan Williams, Callum Howe, Greg Young, Simon Russell, Ciaran Toner, Darren Stamp, Alistair Taylor (Lynton Karcach 86), Liam Davis , (Michael Leary 63) Subs not used: Josh Batty, Adam Martin, Mike Emery