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Match Report:

North Ferriby VS Worsbrough Bridge Athletic

North Ferriby 2 Worsborough Bridge Athletic 0

North Ferriby moved up to third place in the Northern Counties East League Division One table with a 2-0 home win over Worsborough Bridge at the Dransfield Stadium on Saturday. They scored two but in truth it should have been six or seven through the amount of chances the Villagers created.

The possession the home side had should have seen the net ripple a lot more but it was a good grounding for their forthcoming FA Vase game on 29th against Seaham Red Star. It was a pleasing performance from Chris Bolder’s side but the manager would have liked them to have been more clinical in the forward areas.

Boilder said after the game: “I am delighted with the three points, delighted with the clean sheets but massively frustrated as fair play to Worsborough they kept going. 

“On another day when we find our clinical edge we score quite a lot of goals, I think we had nine shots in the first half and we have not taken our chances as such. It is a little bit of misfortune and a little bit of good goalkeeping, we just didn’t get the rub of the green in front of goal. 

“We controlled the game from start to finish and we were never under the cosh or under any kind of real threat. It is the frustration of when we keep the ball we don’t inject the little bit of intensity where we drive and commit people and we can hurt them. 

“Once we create the openings by tiring out the opposition then we have to exploit them and sometimes today we were a little bit hit and miss. Sometimes we did it great and put in 30 to 40 crosses which is what we want but also to have an end product to finish teams off.”

Ferriby set their stall out within the first minute when a Liam Nelthorpe ball to Tom Corner saw the striker pull the ball wide. Then on 12 minutes the ball was in the net through man of the match Leigh Hutchinson but he was harshly ruled to out for a foul on the goalkeeper when he looked to have dropped the ball.

The pressure continued with Iwan Heely, Hutchinson and Tom Corner all denied by some excellent goalkeeping from Bridge’s Harry Scott. In fact if there had been a man of the match for the game then he would no doubt have taken it pulling off a string of superb saves. 

Finally the home side found a breakthrough on 24 minutes with yet another Iwan Heeley net buster with Nelthorpe having an influence. The full back found Heeley who took the ball onto his left foot before unleashing a superb 25 yard drive into the net for once beating Scott.

More goals should have come Ferriby’s way as Corner forced a superb double save from Scott from a downward header and close range shot. Hutchinson also went close before Worsborough had the ball in the net down the other end but Joe Dungworth’s ball saw Alex Hutchinson put the ball in the net before being flagged for offside.

The second half saw Ferriby remain in the same vein of attacking but again were kept out by some excellent keeping as Corner, Heeley and Levi Tarbotton went close. It wasn’t until the 69th minute the home side put the game beyond reasonable doubt.

Worsborough went down to ten men when Leighton Sawyer was sent off for a second, but unnecessary, booking for a foul on Tarbotton. It was then after a Heeley corner Ferriby then got a free kick which was powered into the box and in a bit of a scramble Tarbotton was able to nip the ball into the net at the near post for 2-0. 

Despite more chances when Corner was fouled and Danny East powered a header over the bar and he did the same when substitute Danny Buttle delivered a great cross. Buttle then forced in low save from Scott but the game fizzled out for a comfortable win for the Villagers.

Ferriby: Jordan Douglas, Liam Nelthorpe, Laurence McKay, Levi Tarbotton, Niall Tilsley, Iwan Heeley, Ben Leyland, Louis Kirk, Leigh Hutchinson, Danny East, Tom Corner Subs: Joel Shortland (Heeley 82), Lewis Exall, Eddie Rogerson (McKay 77), Danny Buttle (Leyland 70)

Goals: Heeley (24), Tarbotton (69)

Athletic: Harry Scott, Maxim Hague, Elliott Wilson, Jake Ellam, Liam Flint, George Bland, Leighton Sawyer, Ben Donoghue, Joe Dungworth, Jack Manson, Alex Hutchinson Subs: Ryan Hallsworth (Ellam 66), Harley Holt, Callum Beaumont (Dungworth 57), Billy Goose, Lewis O’Connor 

Referee: Ethan Nundy

Man of the match: Leigh Hutchinson