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Match Report:

North Ferriby VS Armthorpe Welfare

North Ferriby FC v Armthorpe Welfare Match Report (11.1.19)

Urban Newton

Danny Emerton's double secured Ferriby a 3-2 win over Armthorpe in their first home game of 2020.

Jamie Forrester also got on the scoresheet in a game of many goals but low quality at a cold, blustery Dransfield Stadium.

The first forty-five was not a memorable half of football, yet there was three goals.

Ben Leyland was set free on the right-hand side after goalkeeper Lewis Exall gathered a corner well. Leyland beat three men down that side before finding the onrushing Tom Corner. He scuffed his effort on the penalty-spot but it found Emerton. The winger turned and finished neatly inside the six-yard box on fourteen minutes.

It took just fifteen minutes for Ferriby to further increase their lead.

After a good, rare spell of competent possession from the Villagers, Forrester struck a fierce effort from the edge of the away box from a central position. Welfare midfielder Billy Ball got his head to the shot but it simply wrongfooted goalkeeper Leigh Overton and found the right-hand side of his net.

The visitors showed little in possession. The defence showed good ball-playing skills but their transitioning from defence to attack was far from inspiring.

However it was from an aimless long ball that they found the back of the Ferriby net ten minutes before the interval. Adam Baskerville found himself one-on-one on the right, behind the Villagers' defence, and he slotted through the legs of Exall coolly. Against the run of play would be an understatement.

Just two minutes after half-time, Ferriby regained their two-goal lead. Emerton, who pulled out late with illness last weekend, got his second in style. He whipped an effort from thirty-five yards over Overton with venom and it nestled in his top-left corner beautifully.

Chris Bolder's men then showed the composure and care that was lacking in possession of the ball in the first half. Right-back Ben Leyland also got up the pitch a lot more too.

With that being said, Armthorpe did manage another goal on eighty minutes. Josh Dodd swung a looping half-volley into the Ferriby area and it was met by Luke Williams. He was unmarked and in acres of space to poke home in front of an awestruck Exall.

There was five goals but it was most certainly not a thriller as football returned to Ferriby for the first time in over a month.

North Ferriby FC squad: Lewis Exall; Ben Leyland, James Piercy ©, Levi Tarbotton, Danny Emerton; Jamie Forrester, Louis Kirk; Joel Shortland, Eddy Birch (off 66'), Joe Dale (off 70'); Tom Corner

Substitutes: Jason Mycoe, Jordan Douglas, Gary Bradshaw (on 66'), Andy Taylor (on 70'), Tom Oliver

Attendance: 260