Vanarama National League North
12 September 2015
North Ferriby United 3 Gloucester City 0
Tom Denton 6;
Danny Clarke 13
Ryan Kendall 67
This was a fairly comfortable win for Ferriby against a spirited Gloucester side that lacked any real penetration going forward.
Ferriby took early control and were two goals up in 13 minutes. Curtis Bateson’s run and low cross set-up Tom Denton to score from 12 yards after just 6 minutes.
Liam King had a shot deflected for a corner from which a defender somehow managed to get his head in the way of a Danny Clarke shot
The second goal came on thirteen minutes when Gloucester keeper Jasbir Singh blocked Ryan Kendall’s shot. The ball fell to Clarke fired home.
Ferriby controlled the half and Gloucester’s attacks were limited. Matt Liddiard saw a goal-bound shot blocked by Sam Topliss after 9 minutes and James Bowen curled a shot past the top corner after 17 minutes.
When Gloucester did attack, they were well handled by the Ferriby defence.
The Villagers controlled the game with the midfield creating attack after attack that had Gloucester’s defence at full-stretch.
Chances continued to come for Ferriby. Kendall drew a brilliant one-handed reaction save from Khan before Bateson fired over from close-range.
King’s in-swinging cross looked to have set-up Bateson but the winger probably saw the ball late and his shot went over the bar.
The half closed with Ferriby still in the ascendancy and it took a very good blocking tackle to deny King a shot.
Kendall should have put Ferriby further ahead after 54 minutes but shot over the bar when well-placed. Seconds afterwards, Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin did well to deny Obi Anoruo.
The game was probably settled after 55 minutes when City’s Sam Avery was sent-off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. He handled the ball as Kendall tried to go round him just outside the area. King curled the resultant free-kick just wide.
Although Ferriby pushed Gloucester back for the rest of the game, the visitors took the opportunity to attack when they could but Ferriby’s defence continued to deal comfortably with their attacks. James Bowen hit a shot wide for the visitors but their only other attempt was a shot that went straight through to Nicklin.
The result was sealed after 67 minutes. Kendall took Bateson’s nicely weighted pass on the left and the striker cut inside to slide the ball home.
The Villagers dominated the rest of the game and continued to play some positive and attractive football.
Singh saved from Kendall who then put a header narrowly wide at the far post as the game closed.
The win sees Ferriby extend their unbeaten run to eight games. This has been a good run when you consider that The Villagers have played four of the top six teams in the division.
Ferriby Manager Billy Heath commented: I am pleased with today’s performance. We played well throughout the game and as team. We controlled the game and created plenty of chances. The quality of our football was really good at times. It’s sometimes hard to remember that this is still a relatively young squad with a few very experienced players.”
NU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Adam Bolder 73), Ash Palmer, Ben Middleton, Danny Clarke Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall , Curtis Bateson (Danny Emerton 80): Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Louis Bruce, Tom Davie
Gloucester City: Jasbir Singh, Spencer Hamilton (George Miller 45), Billy Jones, Marc Richards, Sam Avery, Joe Hanks, Mat Liddiard, Tom Webb, Obi Anoruo (Joe Parker 60), Mike Symons (Stuart Dickin 83), James Bowen. Subs not used: Lewis Hall, Connor Thompson,