Parkgate VS North Ferriby
Parkgate FC 0, North Ferriby FC 3
Match Report (4.1.19)
by Urban Newton
North Ferriby FC Squad: Lewis Exall; Ben Leyland, James Piercy ©, Levi Tarbotton, Laurence McKay; Eddy Birch (off 67'), Louis Kirk, Jamie Forrester (off 76'); Joe Dale, Tom Corner, Andy Taylor (off 61')
Substitutes: Jordan Douglas, Jason Mycoe, Joel Shortland (on 76'), Tom Oliver (on 61'), Gary Bradshaw (on 67')
The new year started with an emphatic 3-0 win for North Ferriby FC at Parkgate FC in Rotherham.
A brace for Tom Corner and one for Joe Dale ensured Ferriby have not lost their rhythm for the season on the back of two consecutive postponements in as many weeks.
Domination would probably be an understatement for the first half at Roundwood Sports Complex. The Villagers completely ran the game.
They did however, show a lack of urgency in both movement and decision-making in the final third for much of the first forty-five.
Eddy Birch, playing almost like a second striker to Corner all game, hit the post on sixteen minutes. A cutback from the right deflected into his path and he side-footed across the Parkgate goal only to find the outside of the goalkeeper's right-hand post.
Ten minutes later, Corner had a golden chance. Dale's considered cross from an advanced position on the left wing found Corner in the six-yard-box. He was free and unmarked but also well under the ball. His header sailed high above the bar.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Corner took matters into his own hands after a good spell of possession. He swivelled around twenty yards out, just to the left, and hit a thunderous effort that skimmed the crossbar.
Many Hull City fans arrived just after kick-off straight from their side's late 3-2 victory over Rotherham United in the FA Cup, and they too will have been disappointed that Ferriby ultimately had nothing to show for their ascendency at the interval.
It did, however, only take Chris Bolder's men two minutes of second-half play to deservedly take the lead.
Louis Kirk took the ball from centre to wide right and just into the area. He drilled a low ball that the onrushing Corner turned in with his toe running across the goalkeeper towards the near post.
Just like the first half, Ferriby controlled proceedings.
Ben Leyland went on a long underlapping run that ended up with him hitting the near post from inside the box on the right. Jamie Forrester also forced the home keeper into his first save of the afternoon. He got down well to his right from Forrester's low drive from twenty yards.
Leyland again found himself in a similar position with twenty minutes left. He swung at it with his left foot this time and was not far from finding the far top left corner.
The lead, and Corner's tally for the day, was doubled on seventy-five minutes. A cross from the right, just inside the home area, was stood up to back post. Corner was there to power his header both down into the ground and into the back of the Parkgate net.
And it was Dale who swiftly made it three. The winger got his second in Ferriby colours by controlling the ball on the penalty spot and finding the composure to beat the keeper in a one-on-one by sliding it across him.
Substitute Tom Oliver rounded the goalkeeper with five minutes remaining. His effort was the blocked off the line before Dale's rebound also found the foot of the post.