NFU 2 Reckitts 1 (ERSC F)

East Riding Senior Cup Final

North Ferriby United  2  Reckitts 1

Ferriby capped a superb season with their third trophy in a fortnight when they beat a stubborn Reckitts side to take the East Riding Senior Cup.

The game was something of an anti-climax for The Villagers following the elation of winning the Evostik Northern Premier League on Saturday. Their football rarely reached the sparkling style they have displayed for much of the season. Even so, they dominated the game and Reckitts only shot on target resulted in their goal.

Ferriby got off to a blistering start with Gary Bradhshaw stooping to deflect Russell Fry's free-kick past Reckitts keeper Tom Nicholson.

The crowd was probably expecting Ferriby to run up a comfortable win at this point but despite their pressure they could not find a second goal. Jason Stokes' goal-bound effort was deflected for a corner and Ryan Kendall's close-range shot lacked power after good work from Bradshaw.

Reckitts stunned Ferriby with an equaliser against the run-of-play after 19 minutes. Luke Moulds long ball found Rob Kamis who sprinted past the Ferriby back-four to shoot home through the advancing Adam Nicklin's legs.

Ferriby dominated the rest of the half with numerous efforts raining towards the Reckitts' goal. Reckitt's defending was tenacious and, at times, frenetic The Villagers' shooting lacked its usual accuracy and Nicholson was rarely seriously troubled with direct shots.  Ryan Kendall was unlucky to see a lob just clear the far top corner with Nicholson beaten. Paul Robson directed a close-range header at the keeper who then did well to turn Kendall's flick-shot round the post.

The second-half was largely a reflection of the first. Chris Bolder was unlucky when his stooping header from Nathan Peat's cross went narrowly wide. Danny Clarke fired narrowly wide then Nicholson managed to block a Peat shot as Ferriby increased the pressure.

Reckitts had a couple of corners in quick succession but they came to nothing.

Clarke and Gregg Anderson both headed wide as Ferriby pressed for the second goal that their domination deserved.

The winner came after 74 minutes. Chris Bolder fed Jason Stokes on the right and his low cross to the far post was volleyed home by Bradshaw at the far post. The goal was nothing more than Ferriby deserved.

The Villagers closed out the final 15 minutes for a well-merited win. Credit to Reckitts, they were largely outplayed but showed great determination and effort against a Ferriby side that had had its' greatest ever season.

NFU:, Adam Nicklin,  Paul Robson,  Steve Ridley (Nathan Peat 45), Chris Bolder, Gregg Anderson,  Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry , Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Kendall (Ryan Williams 45), Jason Stokes (Liam King 81)
Non-playing subs: Steve Gardner , Antoni Pecora

Reckitts: Tom Nicholson, Mike Bartlett (Steve Lapping 84), Ian Fenton, Steve Heslop, Luke Moulds, Dave Gilby, John Leonard, Gareth Barstow, Rob Kamis (Sean Blagdon 84), Graham Botham (Kirk Blake 73), Ben Kinsley. Non-playing subs: Lee Fisher, Dave Botham


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