East Hull VS North Ferriby
North Ferriby FC grabbed their first ever league victory this afternoon, travelling across Hull to East Hull FC and winning 3-0 at Dunswell Park.
Tom Corner, making his competitive debut for Ferriby, bagged a hattrick in a dominant, deserved win.
The pattern of the game was decided from the off. Domination for Chris Bolder's men would be somewhat of an understatement, as the Villagers showed the gulf in class between the two teams each side of Hull.
Danny Emerton had a fine first half. His direct, lightning quick runs caused the hosts all sorts of problems.
He also had the first chance of the game. Striker Tom Corner, making his first appearance of the season, was fouled before the resulting freekick was taken quickly. Emerton rounded the goalkeeper but rolled across the face of goal.
The strong, gusty wind caused issues on the pitch too. Andrew Watt's side were unable to make use of their usual direct play. Instead, four balls were lost behind the sole stand or over the fence into the field next door in the first fifteen minutes.
The East Hull fullbacks were run ragged all half. One of them also being a familiar face to Ferriby. Carl Chadwick, a former owner of North Ferriby United, had a torrid time at left-back.
After Emerton nutmegged past him with ease, he sliced a clearance into touch on twenty-seven minutes. Ferriby then had four unsuccessful attempts in a goalmouth scramble that eventually led to a foul on the hosts' keeper.
On thirty-one minutes however, Ferriby got their deserved breakthrough.
Tom Oliver, playing more on the left this weekend, dinked a cross from the left into the area. Corner attempted a diving header put was pulled back by a centre-half.
Corner himself took the resulting penalty, but it was poor. It was tame effort to the keeper's right, though he followed-up the rebound, finishing from point-blank.
Nine minutes later the ball was in the back of the hosts' net once again. It was quickly ruled-out for offside however. Corner put in another rebound after Oliver's superb curling effort came back off the keeper's right post. He was comfortably offside though.
Half-time came with the Villagers a goal up. Dunswell Park also had some half-time entertainment on offer- an appalling football-themed playlist blurting out of a single speaker near the turnstiles.
The wind kept up in the second half and so did Ferriby's dominance.
The final forty-five started scrappily, with tackles flying in from both sides. East Hull manager Watts even got a talking-to from the referee for his countless appeals.
Ten minutes after the interval, Ferriby doubled their lead.
Tom Corner's competitive debut went from good to exceptional, as he added his and his side's second.
The hosts struggled to clear after continued Ferriby pressure and their goalkeeper gifted it to Corner. He neatly chipped home from close-range.
Corner then got his hat-trick in stoppage-time. The Villagers kept on pressing for a third, with Eddie Birch, Jamie Forrester and Emerton all going close.
A Forrester corner was fumbled by the goalkeeper and Corner turned-in from just a couple of yards out.
An impressive, highly successful outing for the Villagers to a ground that they could even have called their home.