North Ferriby VS Hall Road Rangers
North Ferriby 3 Hall Road Rangers 1
North Ferriby opened their winning account for the season with a 3-1 home victory over local rivals Hall Road Rangers. The Villagers led 2-0 at the break, increasing their lead late on before they leaked a late goal.
The win takes Ferriby up to eighth place in the Northern Counties East League Division One table after a win and draw. They now have a quick turnaround with a trip to Emley on Tuesday night but manager Chris Bolder will want his side to cut out conceding late goals.
“The disappointing thing is to concede another poor goal,” said Bolder.
“We were upset with the goal we conceded on Tuesday at Harrogate right on half-time and then and today we have conceded another really avoidable goal in the 93rd minute. We do talk about this and pride ourselves on clean sheets and the management of the game but overall we’ll take the three points.
“I did think we had an excellent first half and once again looking at it we should be coming up with a few more goals to the good. I though we played really well first half but second half it was a bit of a weird one, it kind of went flat for both teams with no kind of urgency on the pitch from either side.”
The early pressure came from the visitors saw striker Rich Medcalf through on goal but called back for offside. Ferriby soon settled and with eight minute gone Jamie Forrester came up with a looping shot, now his speciality, to open the crossing in off the post from wide out.
Ferriby continued to press for another with man of the match Levi Tarbotton and Tom Corner on target before the latter went down in the box but the penalty claim was denied. Rangers then had a clear cut chance through Sam Robinson but great goalkeeping at his feet by Lewis Exall denied him.
Forrester was involved in Ferriby’s second goal when he went onto his deadly left foot to curl a shot which hit the bar. Danny Buttle was on hand at the far post to react and head the ball home for a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Ferriby were without Forrester who had to be substituted by Danny Emerton at the break having picked up a leg injury which could rule him out of Tuesday’s trip to Emley. But the3 second half was played at a flatter pace with no real chances created.
Corner and Emerton both went close before a superb low cross from Josh Dennett saw somebody in the six yard box to poke the ball home. Substitute Scott Phillips, on for Corner, had the ball in the net on 73 minutes but it was flagged for offside against Emerton in the build up.
Phillips did get rewarded five minutes from time a great ball from Danny East, prior to his three match ban for his dismissal at Harrogate, put the striker into space. He rounded Jody Barford to slide the ball into the net.
There was late disappointment for the home side when Rangers hit back with a goal of their own. It came from poor defending by Ferriby when good work by substitute Moyo Ajibade found Robinson who powered the ball past Exall.
Ferriby now travel to Emley on Tuesday night in a game against the second placed side but a side known to Bolder who said: “I know the manager really well and some the players who we have spoken to in the past. They will be a really strong outfit and will this year be there or there abouts. There will be changes with a couple of players carrying injuries, some players unavailable and ‘Easty’ starts his three game ban.”
Ferriby: Lewis Exall, Josh Dennett, Laurence McKay, Levi Tarbotton, Niall Tilsley, Joel Shortland, Danny East, Louis Kirk, Tom Corner, Jamie Forrester, Danny Buttle Subs: Iwan Heeley (Buttle 68), Jordan Douglas, Scott Phillips (Corner 68), Gary Bradshaw, Danny Emerton (Forrester H/T)
Goals: Forrester (8), Buttle (34), Phillips (85)
Rangers: Jody Barford, Tommy Waud, James Whittingham, James Piercy, Alex Britton, Alex Knaggs, Chris Murray, Kall Findley, Rich Medcalf, Connor Harman, Sam Robinson Subs: Aiden Marshall, Harry Haines, Moyo Ajibade (Medcalf (72), Connor Boyd, Luke Bullement (Waud 64)
Goal: Robinson (90+3)
Referee: Ryan Coulson
Man of the match: Levi Tarbotton