Vanarama National League North
18 August 2015
Stockport County 1 North Ferriby United 1
Scorers: Stockport: Karl Ledsham 87
NFU: Adam Bolder 90+6
Adam Bolder’s goal in the sixth minute of added time earned The Villagers a draw in a game they appeared to have lost after going behind in the 87th minute.
The draw ended Stockport’s 100% start to the season and was The Villagers’ third game unbeaten.
In a game that was a credit to both sides, a draw was probably a fair result. Despite both sides pressing forward at every opportunity, there were only four on target efforts on goal throughout the game. The only two on-target shots in the second-half resulted in both of the goals.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath had to juggle his squad due to Danny Emerton taking ill and injuries to Danny Hone and Nathan. It meant a first start of the season for Mark Gray. Curtis Bateson returned from injury to replace Emerton.
There was some spirited tackling from both sides throughout the game. Ferriby defended strongly and determinedly throughout and this frustrated both the Stockport players and fans.
An even and entertaining first-half ended goalless though Stockport will feel that they should have gone in ahead. Ferriby had Adam Nicklin to thank for two saves to twice deny Calum Dyson. First, Nicklin produced a low diving save to turn a strong shot for a corner then on the half-hour Nicklin reacted well to block Dyson as he burst through.
For all Ferriby’s attacking efforts, they did not force home keeper Danny Hurst into a save. Hurst reacted well to take the a deflected ball ahead of the incoming King. Hurst repeated this to deny Danny Clarke as the wide-man chased a through-ball.
The second-half started with Hurst blocking a Kendall shot in the first 20 seconds. Ten minutes later, Hurst raced to the corner of his area to reach the ball just ahead of Kendall,
The first 15 minutes of the half were fairly even but County gradually raised the tempo and pushed back The Villagers. For all their pressure, County did not actually force Nicklin into a save until the 87th minute. A cross-shot was blocked by Nicklin. Unfortunately for Ferriby, the ball rebounded to Karl Ledsham who placed a header across goal for the ball to bounce in off the post.
It looked like curtains for Ferriby but there is an amazing spirit in this side and the deserved equaliser came with virtually the last kick of the game. In a final attack, the ball reached Adam Bolder who hammered home an unstoppable shot to the despair of virtually everybody in Edgeley Park
Ferriby’s defence was solid with Ash Palmer, in particular, outstanding in the centre. To be fair, the whole back-four played with barely a mistake throughout the game. With Ferriby’s midfield constantly pressing, County were often forced to build attacks from the back. Tom Denton and Kendall were again a handful for the opposition
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented,
“The players should be proud of their performance tonight. We gave as good as we got. We lifted ourselves after their goal and we got the result we deserved.”
Assistant Manager Mark Carroll said,
“The boys deserved to get something out of the game. Going to a place like Edgeley Park with a large crowd urging on the home side is always going to be difficult.”
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Liam King (Adam Bolder 90+3), Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Danny Clarke, Russ Fry, Tom Denton, Ryan Kendall, Curtis Bateson. Subs not used: Sam Topliss, Tom Nicholson, Ross Armstrong, Tom Davie
Stockport County: Danny Hurst, Danny Morton, Gareth Roberts, Sean O’Hanlon, Jordan Thornily, Glen Rule, Calum Dyson, Lewis Montrose, Kayode Odejayi (Sefton Gonzales 51), Micah Evans (Lamin Colley 61), Karl Ledsham. Subs not used: Paul Tyson, Andrew Robinson, Ryan Ellison