NFU 2 Leeds United XI 1 (PSF)

Pre-season Friendly
28 July 2015
North Ferriby United   Leeds United XI     

NFU:  Ash Palmer 55; Liam King 57 (pen)
Leeds United: Eoghan Stokes 24;
Attendance: 283

Ferriby gave a polished and determined performance to defeat a Leeds United under-21 side containing a number of players with first-team experience.

The Villagers pressed back Leeds from the start with Liam King and Russ Fry both off-target. In between these efforts, Curtis Bateson was unlucky when he charged down a Horton clearance only for the ball to run towards the touchline.

On six minutes Tom Davie crossed for Tom Denton to head down to Nathan Hotte whose shot on the turn went straight to Horton.

Leeds responded with a header from lewis Walters that was comfortably saved by Adam Nicklin. Lee Erwin put a half-chance wide from 18 yards then Alex Purver latched on to a headed clearance to hit a shot at Nicklin.

Ferriby were still enjoying rather more ball but Leeds were quick to break and their pace tested The Villagers defence.

Rather against the run-of-play, Leeds took the lead on 24 minutes. A quick break by Erwin down the right saw his cross hammered home by Eoghan Stokes.

The visitors then had their best spell of the half with Stokes and Erwin both firing shots at Nicklin.

The final 10 minutes of the half largely belonged to Ferriby. Russ Fry went close twice. First a free-kick dipped over the bar then Horton produced a fine two-handed diving save.

Fry’s deadball kicks caused problems throughout the half for Leeds’ defence and on the stroke of half-time he was once again denied by Horton.

The second-half was a rather more high tempo game. Ash Palmer headed wide before finally finding the back of the net after 55 minutes. Adam Bolder’s free-kick was superbly saved by Horton but, unfortunately for the keeper, the ball reached Palmer who calmly scored from close-range.

This was no more than Ferriby deserved but there was an even bigger surprise for Leeds two minutes later. Lewis Coyle brought down Curtis Bateson in the area and Liam king stepped-up to hammer the penalty home past Horton’s despairing dive.

These goals spurred Leeds  to up the tempo. As the half progressed, Nicklin produced a fine reaction save to Luke Parkin’s close-range shot and Robbie McDaid hit a shot at substitute keeper Tom Nicholson. Leeds should have equalised after 78 minutes. Good work down the right presented frank Mulhern with a glorious chance six yards out but he fired over.

The second-half was certainly a competitive affair with neither side willing to give an inch. There was determined and gritty tackling from both midfields and defences.

Jamie Forrester almost wrapped the game up for Ferriby in added time but his shot was superbly saved by substitute keeper Eric Grimes.

This was a really good display by Ferriby who battled well against a skilful Leeds side. The Villagers themselves played some good football in a game that was a credit to both sides.

Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “I’m obviously delighted with the win. We showed great character to come back from a goal down at half-time. The two goals obviously stung Leeds and they upped the pace. However, we defended well in both halves against a side that was quick on the break. We played some very good football going forward and I think we were well-worth the win.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin (Tom Nicholson 75), Ben Middleton,  Tom Davie (Josh Wilde 45),  Liam King (Tim Taylor 65),  Ash Palmer (Mark Gray 67),, Danny Hone (Louis Bruce 71), Danny Emerton (Jamie Forrester 63),,  Russell Fry  (Adam Bolder 45), Tom Denton  (Ryan Kendall 60),  Nathan Hotte (Ross Armstrong 71),  Curtis Bateson(Lewis Clarkson 75)

Leeds United XI: Charlie Horton (Eric Grimes 62),  Lewis Coyle (Jack Vann 62),  , Tyler Denton, Alex Purver, Ross Killock,  Jake Skelton,  Lewis Walters,  Christopher Dawson (Tom Lyman 77), Eoghan Stokes (Robbie McDaid 77), Lee Erwin (Frank Mulhern 60),  Nicky Ajose (Luke Parkin 61). Subs not used: Tom Pearce, Mike Taylor,   

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