NFU 3 FCUM 3 (NLN 17-18)

Saturday 7 October 2017

 Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United   3     FC United of Manchester  3   
Kuda Muskwe 43, 86          Tom Walker 41; Tom Greaves 63
Steve Brogan 56                    Steve Irwin 73

Attendance:  492

This was an entertaining game with some fine goals. The result was probably fair in the end but it has done little for rather side’s hopes of climbing out of the relegation zone.

The game was end-to-end throughout but there was little to threaten either keeper in the first 20 minutes. Sefton Gonzales, who had a lively start, fired an early shot at Ross Durrant that did not really trouble the keeper.

Steve Irwin, who had a good game throughout the match in FC’s midfield drew a good diving save from Durrant. A few minutes later visiting keeper Lloyd Allison replicated the save to deny Bobby Johnson.

The game really burts in to life after 41 minutes. It was one of those 20-second cameos that can, and often does change a whole game.  Allinson just beat Kuda Muskwe to the ball on the edge of the area. His clearance was knocked on to Tom Walker on the left and he cut in to fire past Durrant.

To Ferriby’s credit, the lead was short-lived as Muskwe played the ball past Allinson less than two minutes later following good work from Russ Fry and Curtis Bateson.

Ferriby had the better of the early part of the second-half and took the lead when Steve Brogan drove home a free-kick from the edge of the area.

The Villagers’ certainly deserved the lead at this point. However, the goal seemed to stimulate FC United and they began to get on top.  They equalised, perhaps a little fortuitously after 63 minutes. Tom Greaves hit a tremendous hooked shoot that hit the underside of the bar, came down and went  in the net, seemingly, off Durrant’s head. Technically an own goal, but it would be churlish to deny Greaves for such a good piece of skill.

Muskwe was inches wide of putting Ferriby back in front almost immediately after the restart. Such was the end-to-end nature of the game.

Irwin put FC ahead with an unstoppable 30-yard drive. Given The Villagers’ bad luck this season, it seemed that they would lose to a world-class goal.

However, there is a spirit and determination in this Ferriby side now. The players rose to the challenge and Muskwe equalised with a shot on the turn after  good work by substitute Callum Rzonca on the right.

The match as a whole was a fairly robust affair with nobody shirking challenges. However,  t it was played in the right spirit with both sides accepting decisions and players just getting on with the game. On non-league day, it was an example to players higher up the system as to how the game should be played.

Ferriby manager Steve Housham was much happier than in recent weeks,

“It was a well-deserved and hard-earned point. There were some really good goals scored by both sides today.

“As coaches, Stampy (Darryn Stamp, assisitant manager) and myself can look at two of their goals and be critical of how we defended them but that would be too harsh.

“We scored three good goals today. Muskwe’s goals were well-made and well-taken. Brogan’s free-kick was unstoppable.

The players showed the spirit and character we expect and it is not easy to twice come from behind. In earlier games our heads would have gone down but tht, hopefully has changed.”

NFU: Ross Durrant , Mason Warren, Steve Brogan , Bobby Johnson ,  Jake Skelton, Jake Picton , Simon Russell , Curtis Bateson , Kuda Muskwe, Russell Fry (Joel Ambalu 78)  , Darnelle Bailey-King   (Callum Rzonca 74)  
Substitutes not used: Kyle Dixon, Jordan Cooke, Mark Gray

FC United of Manchester:  Lloyd Allinson, Danny Brady (Joel Senior 45), Danny Wisdom, Scott Kay, Zac Corbett, Matty Hughes, Joel Logan (Tim Kinsella 61), Steve Irwin, Tom Greaves, Sefton Gonzales, Tom Walker (Mike Connor 80)Subs not used: Jordan Fagbola, Connor McCarthy, Mike Connor,

Ferriby do not have a game next Saturday as scheduled opponents Kiddereminster play in the FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying.


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