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Match Report:

North Ferriby VS Harrogate Railway Athletic

North Ferriby FC v Harrogate Railway Athletic FC Match Report (5.10.19)

Urban Newton

Tom Corner netted four goals, including a hattrick in seven second-half minutes, during North Ferriby FC's 5-0 victory over Harrogate Railway.

The home win at the Dransfield Stadium is the Villagers' first in four games in all competitions and saw the club's September Player of the Month Morgan Brough also find the back of the net.

Both sides showed that they are tidy footballing teams in the first half. It was a cautious start, with a real lack of decisiveness shown in the final third by both teams.

The first chance fell to the visitors. A corner was half-cleared by Ferriby and Joe Jagger, who has four in his last three including a hattrick against East Hull, saw his low short from the edge of the area blocked.

It flicked up and he fired a volley well high into the allotments behind one end of the ground.

The Villagers' Russell Fry hit a speculative one from twenty-yards and he then had a free header cleared from back-post on twenty-five minutes, but chances were few and far between.

Morgan Brough's loan from Alfreton was extended to the end of the season and he could have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

A ball from the left via Danny Norton west met by Brough in the six-yard-box. He only half connected with it and was brought down from behind. Despite the home crowd's protests, a penalty was not given.

Though the first forty-five was cautious, with neither side really looking like breaking the deadlock, Tom Corner found the net for Ferriby straight after the interval.

Norton did well down the right and he chipped a ball just inside the Harrogate penalty-area. Corner expertly sliced a volley on the turn that lobbed goalkeeper Joseph Wilton.

Corner got his second on fifty-two minutes. A corner from the right was met by him on the penalty-spot. He rifled his full-volley low to the stretching, despairing Wilton's left superbly.

The fantastic start to the second-half continued for Chris Bolder's men. Corner completed his hattrick three minutes later, sealing it in just seven minutes.

Brough was slid through on the far right-hand side by Corner. The loanee striker held it up and rolled it into his strike-partner on the edge of the visitors' eighteen-yard-box. Corner drilled an effort across goal and it nestled nicely in the bottom-left corner.

On sixty-eight minutes, Ferriby had their fourth.

Brough deservedly got on the scoresheet. The club's Player of the Month for September, met a low cross that was played across the face of goal by Ben Leyland on the overlap. He slid in to slide home in the middle of the Harrogate goal.

Ferriby's fifth and Corner's fourth came after seventy-nine minutes of play.

Leyland continued his bombing forward on the left and cut back to Corner fifteen-yards out. He placed his effort from centrally low to the keeper's left.

Manager Chris Bolder has to be commended on what was said at half-time in the home dressing room. After a dull, uneventful first half, the Villagers were immense in a devastating and dominant performance after the interval.

North Ferriby FC squad: Jordan Douglas; Will Taylor, Dan Nichols, James Piercy (c), Ben Leyland; Danny Norton (off 65'), Russell Fry, Joel Shortland, Sam Robinson; Morgan Brough (off 78'), Tom Corner (off 80')

Substitutes: Louis Kirk (on 78'), Charlie Dixon, Jack Mail, Tom Oliver (on 65'), Kieran Walker (on 80')

Attendance: 336