North Ferriby VS Cleethorpes Town FC
By Dan Tomlinson
North Ferriby FC‘s strong start to the new season continued with a 2-1 victory over Cleethorpes Town on Monday afternoon. It was the Villagers’ second victory of the Bank Holiday weekend, with goals coming from Danny Earl and Jack Johnson.
Ferriby, who have now won three of their opening five games back in the Northern Premier League, played the majority of the contest a man up after Ben Middleton’s early dismissal, with Cleethorpes pushing them all the way in front of a healthy 803 crowd at the Dransfield Stadium.
Following their gritty win away at Carlton Town on Saturday, Chris Bolder’s men started the game on the front foot, with Earl making an instant impression. The pacey forward found some joy out wide, with his low driven shot tipped superbly onto the post by Cleethorpes keeper Leigh Overton.
Ferriby continued to press hard early on, with Danny East through on goal after a loose pass. Middleton, as last man, pulled East back with the referee having no choice but to award the penalty and send the defender off. However, East missed from the spot, with Overton saving well and gathering the rebound.
Still in the ascendancy, Earl soon ensured Ferriby took an early lead. Remaining positive, the forward took the Cleethorpes defence on before unleashing a delicious strike into the top corner, adding to his two goals on Saturday.
Cleethorpes, who grew into the game, then hit the bar from a Will Annan header, but it was Ferriby who doubled their lead just before the break. Adam Bolder’s corner was met by Niall Tilsley with Jack Johnson’s header hitting the roof of the net and ensuring the home side took a deserved 2-0 lead into half-time.
The second half was a more cagey affair but Ferriby continued to press forward. Earl continued to be a threat and had another shot saved with substitute Amir Berchil scrapping the bar with a driven effort.
Holding their lead, the home side, with a Man of the Match performance from Joel Shortland, did well to work the ball into the corners. They began to eat up the clock with the fourth official adding five minutes of stoppage time.
In the dying minutes, Curtis Bateson was allowed too much space and unleashed a well-struck strike into the top corner. However, there was little time to push for an equaliser with Ferriby seeing out another deserved victory.
Ferriby: 1. Lewis Exall, 2. Josh Dennett, 3. Danny Emerton, 4. Adam Bolder, 5. Niall Tilsley, 6. Jack Johnson, 7. Danny Earl, 8. Joel Shortland, 9. Tom Corner, 10. Danny East, 11. Omar Sanyang. Subs: 14. Amir Berchil, 15. Danny Buttle, 16. Keegan Green. Subs not used: 12. Tom Claisse, 13. Tom Jackson
Man of the Match: Shortland
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