NFU 4 Oxford City 3 (VCN)

Vanarama Conference North
Saturday 1 November 2014

North Ferriby United  4
Mark Gray 28
Tom Denton 62
Nathan Jarman 67
Jamie Yates 78
Oxford City 3
Darren Pond 10, 33
Javier Rodriguez 32

HT:  NFU 1    Oxford  3

Att: 245

This was an entertaining game from two sides committed to attacking football. Oxford made the most of their opportunities to lead 3-1 at half-time. However nobody was expecting the total turn round in the second-half which saw Ferriby take the points with three unanswered goals.

Ferriby opened brightly with Jason St Juste’s cross beaing headed by Tom denton to City keeper Iustin Cerga. Nathan Jarman fired wide before the opening goal after 10 minutes. Denton’s header came back off the bar and was cleared to Jose Lapoujade who charged down the touchline before crossing to Darren Pond who hammered the ball home.

Ferriby pressed for an equaliser. The Villagers had the greater possession but luck was not going their way. Second-balls were falling to Oxford and the visitors had to make a lot of hurried clearances. These clearances set-up a number of attacks led by Marlon Robinson who was a threat with his pace and control.
st juste was unfortunate to see an angled drive slide past the far post but the equaliser finally came after 28 minutes. Mark gray rose at the far post to head home Yates’ free-kick.

Ferriby were then rocked with two goal;s in four min utes that were largely against the run of play. After Gregg Anderson’s clearance bounced off on Oxford player straight to Javier Rodriguez who fired home. Within a minute, Pond had his second goal when he hammered home Jackson’s cross following another break.

Denton latched on to a Louis Bruce long throw and was unlucky to see Cerga pull-off a great one-handed save. Shortly after, Denton headed wide when well placed.

Very few expected the transformation in the second-half. It was virtually all Ferriby’s with Oxford managing only two off-target attempts on goal.

A scramble in the Oxford area was finally cleared and denton, again, headed wide.

Denton finally got the  goal he deserved when he headed home a Jamie Yates free-kick on 62 minutes. Five minutes later it was all-square. Nathan Jarman scored from a penalty after a foul by Ben Brown.

As Ferriby presed, Denton saw a header cleared off the line and placed a second one wide.

Ferriby continued to press and the winner came after 78 minutes. Jamie Yates curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to seal a magnificent Ferriby fight-back.
St Juste went close to making it five for Ferriby.

The game finished with Oxford’s Francisco Insa being sent-off in the dying seconds for a second yellow card.

This was a greatly improved performance from The Villagers. Mark gray was outstanding on a rare appearance. However, this was a team performance with everybody playing well.

Manager Billy Heath commented, “The players were outstanding today. We concede two poor goals in the first-half but the players responded magnificently in the second-half. I told them at half-time that the next goal would be crucial and that we could take something from the game if we could score it. We gambled by changing to a 3-2-5 formation to allow Adam bolder to come on. It obviously worked well for us. The second-goal really lifted us and from then on a win was always on the cards.”

NFU: Adam Nicklin, ,Louis Bruce (Adam Bolder 59), Josh Wilde,  Liam King, Mark Gray, Gregg Anderson, Jamie Yates (Nathan Peat 88), Russell Fry, Tom Denton, Nathan Jarman, Jason St Juste Subs not used: Tom Nicholson, Danny Hone, Jon D’Laryea,

Oxford City: Iustin Cerga, Lee Henderson, Jose Lapoujade, Ander del Alamo (Declan Benjamin 65),  Francisco Insa, Ben Brown, Lewis Wilson, Darren Mullings, Marlon Jackson (Tom Winters 79), Javier Rodriguez (Adi Yussuf 72), Darren Pond Subs not used: Mark Scott, Paul Stonehouse,


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