Brigg Town VS North Ferriby
Brigg Town FC v North Ferriby FC Match Report
North Ferriby FC came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Brigg Town. Russell Fry scored an injury-time equalizer after over forty minutes delay.
Goal scorer Stuart Longbone was lifted into an ambulance with a neck injury that led to the delay.
The first-half was end-to-end but most certainly not in a good way. Brigg's high line and early pressure meant that the Villagers could not find their rhythm in possession.
Tom Pearson had the first effort for the hosts. He hit a full volley well high and wide after Ferriby failed to deal with a cross on numerous occasions, a theme over the full ninety minutes.
After the twenty minute mark, it looked like Chris Bolder's men may finally have the ascendency. The stringing together of a few passes was no more than the briefest of stints however.
The dull first half ended with many discontented grunts from either sets of supporters to the referee for supposedly stopping play too often. Probably involved in those calls was the sole home supporter who could be heard chanting "Zeeebraas" regularly from one corner of the ground.
The half-time Non-League Day penalty-shootout was won by the Brigg fans.
The Ferriby goalkeeper went from zero-to-hero, tipping one penalty spectacularly onto his left-hand post before having his effort in the 4-3 defeat saved.
Danny Norton started the second-half really strongly. His direct running caused left-back Ryan Short all sorts of problems.
It was Norton's free-kick from the right that could have been met by three free Ferriby heads on sixty-five minutes. In the end, James Piercy headed wide and was given offside.
Just four minutes later, Piercy was sent-off. The defender was handed a straight red card by referee Alex Sawden as his right boot went across the chest of a home player.
The Ferriby faithful were adamant the Villagers captain won the ball.
The afternoon soon got worse, as Stuart Longbone put the Zebras ahead.
An arcing cross from the right was met by Longbone at back-post with seventy-five minutes gone. His fantastic looping header was too much for Jordan Douglas in the away side's goal.
With ten minutes remaining, Longbone was then down on the pitch with a head injury. Dan Nichols attempted to win a header from behind the striker, who then fell hard on the turf.
There was a delay of over forty minutes whilst an ambulance was called and Longbone was treated. He was given an ovation by all in the ground when he was finally stretchered into the ambulance.
The teams were then given a ten minute warm-up, before the final ten minutes of play began.
What followed was ten minutes of frantic and scrappy football, as Ferriby desperately sought after an equalizer.
And they did. Russ Fry chested in from point-blank range after Norton's free-kick from the right edge of the home box cannoned off the inside of the left post.
North Ferriby FC squad: Jordan Douglas, Will Taylor, Ben Leyland, Dan Nichols, James Piercy (c) (red card 69'), Russ Fry, Danny Norton, Joel Shortland, Tom Corner, Morgan Brough (off 58'), Sam Robinson (off 58')
Substitutes: Louis Kirk (on 80'), Charlie Dixon, Jack Mail, Eddie Birch (on 58'), Tom Oliver (on 58') (off 80')