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Evostik Northern Premier League
Premier Division

Tuesday 11 September 2018

 North Ferriby United  2        Grantham Town  2
J Mail 85; L Lofts 90+2            Ross Barrows 50; Max Watters 60

This was the result and performance that manager Chris Bolder was expecting from his players after the disappointment of Saturday,

“I thought it was an unbelievable response from the lads. We’ve had a couple of real disappointments in recent games, but unbelievable credit to the lads.

 “The lads are so determined and desperate to be a success at this level. I think the second-half tonight really epitomised what we are trying to achieve here and it was in evidence for everyone to see.”

It looked as if Ferriby were heading for defeat after 60 minutes in what had actually been an even game. However, the players rallied and dominated the final 30 minutes and two late goals gave them a more than deserved point. In fact, they came close to winning the game.

The first-half was end-to-end and reasonably entertaining despite there not being too much excitement around either goal.

Ferriby certainly showed more flair and enterprise than in Saturday’s defeat at Dunston. Luke Lofts and Jamie Forrester looked more assured in midfield and this made a platform for The villagers to attack.

Both sides looked reasonably good going forward but lacked any real penetration in the final third of the pitch against some solid defending by the defences.

It was not until the 12th minute that either side looked liked scoring. Lewis Exall did well to come out to thwart Ryan Oliver as he burst through Ferriby’s defence.

Dan Norton hit a 20-yard shot at Grantham keeper Theo Richardson before Ben Leyland fired wide.

Exall had a straightforward save to make from former Ferriby player Ross Barrows before the keeper produced a fine one-handed diving save from an Oliver header.

Jordan Harrison put two efforts wide as Ferriby pressed towards the end of the half. Ferriby thought they should have had a penalty shortly before half-time when Lofts was manhandled in the area but their appeals were waved away.

 

The second-half belonged to Ferriby but they found themselves two goals down after 60 minutes. Barrows unleashed an unstoppable shot from 40 yards after 50 minutes and ten minutes later Max waters was allowed to run 30 yards without any real challenge before sliding the ball past the advancing Exall.

After that, there was almost total domination by The Villagers. Ben Clappison’s header from a Forrester corner saw a header drop on to the top of the netting.

A deflected shot cannoned off the post whilst a James Nichols’ shot was deflected for  a corner.

The Forrester-Clappison link saw another corner headed over before Richardson took the ball of Harrison’s toes.

Ben Leyland and James piercy saw shots saved and it looked as if a goal would never come despite the pressure.

However, after 85 minutes, Charlie dunkerley’s corner was headed powerfully home  by Jack Mail. This spurred Ferriby even more and Lofts had a shot well saved one-handed by the diving Richardson.

The deserved equaliser came in added time. Lofts’ shot was deflected in to the goal off a defender but it was the piece of luck that The Villagers’ deserved on the night. The response of Lofts and his team mates, who had trouble catching him, showed how much it meant to everybody.

A delighted Bolder commented further,

 “Both of Grantham’s goals were against the run-of-play and that little bit of luck wasn’t on our side. The first came from a throw-in that should have gone to us and the lad lashed a 40-yard shot into the top corner.

“The second goal came from making the wrong decision in the middle. We have a 40-yard attempt charged down and they break away and score.

“To go two-nil down and the response the lads showed, I’m still in disbelief that we didn’t win the game. Though at two-nil down I’d have snapped your hand off for the draw.

“I thought a goal had to come with the pressure we exerted  at corners and shots on goal.

“The response these lads have shown tonight is admirable because they were down on Saturday and after the Warrington game. It shows tremendous character and the pleasing thing for us is that when we get it right we are a real match for anybody in this division. Of course, we need to get that consistency but we have to remember how young and inexperienced these lads are.”

NFU: Lewis Exall,  Ben Clappison, James Williamson, Jamie Forreste, (Charlie Dunkerley  79) Jack Mail, James Piercey, Ben Leyland, Eddie Rogerson (James Nichols 68),,  Jordan Harrison  (Alex Knox  68)  Luke Lofts , Dan Norton  Subs not used : Joe Lamplough,  Johnny Saltmer,

Grantham Town: Theo Richardson, Ross Barrows,Oliver Luto, Jack McGovern, Tom Ward, Ryley Thompson, Michael Hollingsworth, Tom Curtis  (Luke McCormick 71)  Ryan Oliver, Max Watters (Cenk Acar 80)   Kegan Everington.(Daniel Horton 76)  Sub not used: Paul Bastock

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