Evostik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 North Ferriby United 4
Ferriby went top-of the-table after a comfortable 4-0 win at struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels.
The Villagers had the better of the opening 15 minutes but their only clear opportunity was a 25 yard drive from Jack Muldoon which went wide.
Stocksbridge mounted few attacks, depending on the pace of James Booker and Andy ring when they did.
The opening goal came after 17 minutes. Ben Hunter's cleverly flighted free-kick into the six-yard box flew into the goal off the head of former Ferriby defender Ben Turner.
This spurred Stocksbridge for short period and Adam Nicklin was forced into a superb save from Grant darley's snap shot.
Ferriby exerted their authority again and score twice in nine minutes. Jack Muldoon won the ball in midfield and laid it off to Gary Bradshaw who scored with a low 20-yard drive after 26 minutes.
Ferriby won a penalty after 35 minutes when Alex Callery unnecessarily fouled Mark Gray on the edge of the area. Ryan Williams hammered the spot-kick past Adam Billard.
Early Ferriby pressure almost brought a goal as both Gray and Muldoon went close.
To their credit, Stocksbridge pressed forward when they could but Ferriby's defence performed well against both the high balls and the pace of the home side.
Nicklin was a bit busier than in recent games and he made a good save from James Booker.
Bradshaw then saw a shot held at the second attempt by Billard. Bradshaw went close on anumber of occasions and his link play with Muldoon caused problems all night for Stocksbridge.
A sweeping 5 man move that went across the pitch twice ended with Muldoon flicking over the bar.
Billard was under regular from crosses and managed to deal well with most of them but Gregg Anderson's header from a corner almost brought a fourth goal for Ferriby.
The final goal came in the 84th minute. A 70 yard move that used the full width of the field saw Muldoon's shot parried by Billard. Ryan Kendall was the first to react and he fired home from close range.
Stocksbridge twice forced Nicklin in to saves but there threats were few and far between.
The Villagers were the better team throughout the game and thoroughly deserved the win.
Manager Billy Heath was delighted to see his team at the top of the table but is aware that there are many more games between now and the end of the season.
.NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Ben Hunter (Danny Clarke 68), Chris Bolder (Russell Fry 82), Jack Muldoon, Gary Bradshaw (Ryan Kendall 73), Ryan Williams Non-playing subs:, Steve Ridley, Antoni Pecora
Stocksbridge Park Steels: Adam Billard, Nicholas Swirad, Ben Turner, Lincoln Adams, Brett Bowden-Lovell, Alex Callery, James Booker (Nicky Darker 58), Janni Lipka, Danny South, Grant Darley (Laurence Hunter 80), Andy Ring (Cole Payne 73) Non-playing subs: Harry Bockarie, Darren Schofield