North Ferriby Football Club, Grange Lane, HU14 3AB 01482 634601

Match Report:

North Ferriby VS Lower Breck FC

A stunning Ben Leyland 30 yard strike saw North Ferriby into Round Three of this season’s Buildbase FA Vase after a 2-1 home win over Lower Breck. It was a tremendous cup tie which saw Leyland come on as a half-time substitute for Jamie Forrester and it proved vital in the grand scheme of things.

Once again Ferriby took on North West Counties League opposition and the home side were treated to a tough time by the opposition. This game could have gone either way but it was Ferriby who will be in the bag for the next round on the Road to Wembley.

Manager Chris Bolder was pleased with the performance especially the way his side reacted after going 1-0 down having had a goal ruled out themselves a minute earlier. Bolder praised the Leyland contribution especially for his goal but for his all round contribution.

“I thought it was a great competitive game and full credit to Lower Breck, they are a good side, they had some good players and were well managed, but I was really pleased to get a victory,” said Bolder. 

“It was a strange period in the game and we couldn’t see too much wrong with our disallowed goal. As a result of that, and we shouldn’t do it, but the players are questioning the decision to find themselves out of position and got caught on the counter.

“It was a moment of madness and we have gone from the euphoria of possibly being a goal up to the disappointment of being a goal down. Massive credit to the lads once again as it didn’t let it derail them and we hit back relatively quickly with a great strike from Iwan. 

“We had to make the change as Jamie is sore around the knee as we could see from the end of the first half. It stopped him performing and executing various things. We know Ben has got qualities as we have seen that time and time again. He makes marauding runs from full back and classes himself more of a winger then a full back. 

“For us it was a great option to put Ben in there and just look at that strike. But, not only that I thought his overall contribution was excellent and it’s about time he scored. It was an amazing strike and I just like the position he got himself into, he got the ball on the back foot and his first thought was he was going to attack to see what unfolds. 

“He is positive and he got his just rewards but a shame the fans were not able to see that in person as I know there are a few fans who are desperate for Ben to score for them. Hopefully now we have progressed we can now have fans in to watch us in the next round.”

The opening exchanges were mainly midfield encounters with no clear cut chances for either side until midway through the first half when the home side thought they had opened the scoring. A combination of Jamie Forrester and Danny East saw a Tom Corner header at the far post ruled out for an alleged push.

As Ferriby remonstrated it came at a cost as the ball was sent down the other end and resulted in the ball going across the Ferriby six yard box. It led to an easy tap in for Joe Lynch but it was less then a minute before the Villagers were back on level terms when the ball was played to Iwan Heeley in midfield and he let fly with a 25 yard equaliser.

The latter stages of the first half saw no clear cut chances but the Villagers were forced into that half-time change due to a Jamie Forrester injury. The midfielder picked up a knee injury towards the latter stages of the first half but it was a substitution, bringing on Ben Leyland, which changed the game in Ferriby’s favour.

Almost immediately Leyland had an impact when a through ball to Leigh Hutchinson was laid off to the substitute but he fired wide and should have done better. Lower Breck were always a threat and were great at the counterattack but couldn’t find the net as Jamie Menagh found in firing high and wide.

Both sides had chances with both keepers kept busy with Brecks’ Jamie Molloy pulling off a couple of terrific saves to keep his side in the game. It was then Leyland came up with his super strike when he rampaged forward and fired a shot which went in off both posts before settling in the net.

Lower Breck were unbeaten coming into this game and were not going to exit the competition without a real fight as they pushed forward. Ferriby keeper Jordan Douglas was the hero in the previous round and was called upon in the final few minutes to stem the tide and he did.


Ferriby: Jordan Douglas, Liam Nelthorpe, Laurence McKay, Levi Tarbotton, Niall Tilsley, Jamie Forrester, Tom Corner, Louis Kirk, Leigh Hutchinson, Danny East, Iwan Heeley Subs: Joel Shortland, Lewis Exall, Josh Dennett, Gary Bradshaw (East 81), Ben Leyland (Forrester H/T)

Goals: Heeley (26), Leyland (76)

Breck: Joshua Molloy, Liam Morris, John Shaw, Michael Douglas, Ricky Ager, James Cottrell, Jamie Menagh, Lee Hughes, Matty Corness, Joe Lynch, John McGrath Subs: Louis Austin (Hughes 78), Oscar Billington, Declan Daniels (Corness 71), Karl Clair (Cottrell 63)

Goal: Lynch (25)