York City 0 NFU 1 (NL)

Sunday 1 January 2017
National League

York City 0

North Ferriby United  1 (Reece Thomson 28)

Attendance:  3182

Ferriby moved off the bottom of the table with a superb team performance and win at York City. The defeat pushed The Minstermen into deep trouble as they replaced The Villagers at the bottom of the table.

This was a much better performance than the one Ferriby gave in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.

There was no doubt that The Villagers were the better side in today’s game.

The opening 20 minutes were frenetic and end-to-end but neither side really created clear-cut chances. Jon Parkin carried the greatest threat for York and went close on a couple of occasions without really threatening Rory Watson.

Reece Thompson and Kyle Wootton were creating problems for York’s defence. Wootton and Danny Emerton went close for The Villagers.

Ferriby gradually got a hold of midfield and started to press York back with Levi Sutton and Connor Oliver controlling the play.

Despite this, it was York who nearly took the lead when Simon Lappin’s free-kick clipped the outside of the post.

Oliver’s superb long cross-field after 28 minutes that led to only goal. The ball was picked up by Thompson on the right. He beat a defender before taking the ball wide of home keeper Kyle Letheren and slotting home from a narrow angle. His delight at scoring against his former club was obvious.

The half continued with both sides putting opportunities wide or high.

Ferriby controlled the second-half. They regularly pushed York back making the home side play either back or square before launching high balls for Parkin. Unfortunately for York, Parkin was not as effective as he was at Ferriby on Boxing Day.

Watson did not have a save of note to make in the second-half and his handling of the high balls was confident. Mark Gray seemed to win every high ball outside the six-yard box.

York were clearly frustrated by Ferriby’s performance and conceded a lot of niggly fouls.

Ferriby went close to doubling the lead on a couple of occasions. An Oliver corner saw Gray’s header bring a flying two-handed from Letheren. Wootton produced a  good pass to release Ryan Fallowfield who shot narrowly over after working a good position.

With time running out, Letheren did well to race out to block Ryan Kendall on the edge of the area.

Steve Housham was absolutely delighted ,

“The performance was up there with best of the season. We came with a game plan and everybody stuck to it. Nobody let themselves down. We owed ourselves and the fans a performance after Boxing Day.  We are delighted to come away with three points.

“We are off the bottom of the table and that is good for the confidence of everybody at the club. It’s important to build on this against Dagenham next Saturday.”

NFU:  Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Taron Hare, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton , Connor Oliver Ryan Fallowfield (Curtis Bateson 86)  ,  Levi Sutton,  , Danny  Emerton, Kyle Wootton,  Reece Thompson (Ryan Kendall 75)  

Subs not used: Jake Skelton, Darryn Stamp

York City:  Kyle Letheren, Shaun Rooney, Simon Heslop, Yan Klukowski  Simon Lappin, Jon Parkin,  Sean Newton, Adriano Moke (Alex Whittle 45), Danny Holmes(Callum Rzonca 56),  Rhys Murphy, Aarran Racine.
 Subs not used:, Matt Fry, Robbie McDaid, Luke Woodland


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