Vanarama Conference North
North Ferriby United 2 Gainsborough Trinity 1
NFU: Liam King 49; Mark Gray 90+2
Gainsborough: Paul Beesley 80
Despite it finally taking a Mark gray goal in added time to win this game, there is no doubt that Ferriby thoroughly deserved to win. They probably should have won by the proverbial country mile such was their dominance throughout the game.
The Villagers went in at half-time wondering how they were not in the lead. They dominated the first-half with keeper Adam Nicklin not having to make a save or even take a cross. Ferriby played down both wings and constantly created problems for Gainsborough’s defence. Trinity were limited to sporadic attacks and managed only one off-target attempt at goal during the half.
Russ Fry almost The Villagers ahead in the second minute with a 20-yard free-kick that came back off the crossbar with Gainsborough keeper Jan Budtz beaten.
Ferriby continued to press forward and Budtz saved two Tom Denton headers, the second diving low to his right.
Ferriby thought they had scored after 23minutes. Jason St Juste poked the ball home from close-range after a goalmouth scramble but the referee gave a free-kick to Gainsborough for a foul by Denton on a defender.
The Villagers had a gilt-edged opportunity after 28 minutes. Mark Gray was fouled in the area but Ryan Kendall put the resulting penalty wide.
Ferriby had a series of corners but half-chances could not be converted. Danny Clarke, returning to the club, was unlucky on three occasions. Budtz made a very good double save from Clarke just before half-time.
Gainsborough started the second-half with more purpose and Margetts fired a shot at Nicklin. Ferriby responded with a shot from Kendall that was blocked but the ball rebounded to Liam King who shot home from close range after 49 minutes.
Gainsborough had a goal disallowed for offside on 58 minutes. This led to another spell of Ferriby pressure. A goal-bound Russ Fry shot hit Tom Denton before being cleared for a corner. Jason St Juste’s corner found Denton who headed wide.
Kendall went through 1 on 1 with Budtz. Kendall should probably have scored but the keeper made a fine save.
gainsborough still threatened little during the half but they got an equaliser in the 80th minute. Tom Davie’s free-kick reached Jake Picton at the far post from where he put the ball across goal for substitute Paul Beesley to score from close-range.
For all Ferriby’s pressure and dominance it looked as if they would have to settle for a point. However, justice was done in the second minute of added time. Budtz turned Josh Wilde’s 18-yard shot for a corner which was taken by St Juste. The ball reached Gray who shot home from close-range.
Ferriby produced some very good and entertaining football throughout. There were a lot of slick passing moves and no end of scoring opportunities.
Six points from the three festive games is a reasonable return and with some of today’s results going in Ferriby’s favour, The Villagers have climbed up the table.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “It would have been a travesty if we had not won. We had so many chances we could have won three or four games. When they equalised near the end it looked as if we were heading for another draw but Mark’ (Gray) gave us the result we deserved. We got the win and we’ve climbed up the table. That’s what matters at the end of the day.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Louis Bruce, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Jon D’Laryea 69), Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall (Nathan Jarman 77), Jason St Juste. Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Danny Hone, Adam Bolder
Gainsborough Trinity: Jan Budtz, Dom Roma, Tom Davie, Charlie Binns, Chris Salt, Jake Picton, Curtis Bateson (Danny Forrest 59), Ciaran Toner (Paul Beesley 69), Jonathon Margetts, Matt Dixon, Josh Lacey. Subs not used: Simon Russell, Linton Karkach, Adam Quinn