This entertaining friendly ended 1-1. Ferriby arguably had the best of the chances and could have won the game in the second half if they had converted their chances. A draw was a comendable result for Ferriby considering Grimsby are two divisions above them.
Ferriby’s Line Up
- GK ADAM NICKLIN
- RB STEVE GARDNER
- CB NEIL STEVENS
- CB PAUL FOOT
- LB STEVE RIDLEY
- CM GREG ANDERSON
- CM DANNY CLARKE
- CM RUSSELL FRY
- ST RYAN KENDALL
- ST GARY BRADSHAW
- ST JACK MULDOON
- SUBS: PECORA, MORRIS, BOLDER, WILLIAMS, TAYLOR, WHITE, HUNTER, KYLE NIX (ON TRIAL)
The first half was evenly matched right from the start with both sides having an equal share of the possession. Ferriby had the first half chance after two minutes when Ryan Kendall passed the ball back to Gary Bradshaw in the centre of the box but Bradhsaw hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper.
The next chance also fell to Ferriby and again to Bradshaw. His shot was saved by the goalkeeper but the ball only just looped over the bar. Danny clarke had the next attempt for Ferriby but his left foot volley from the centre of the box went wide.
Despite having less possession Grimsby scored the opening goal of the game in the 38th minute. The goal was scored by Liam Hearn. He burst into the box and his thunderous shot was unstoppable on its way to the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
Grimsby didn’t have the lead for long however because Ferriby equalised in the 43rd minute through centre back Neil Stevens. The ball fell to Stevens who blasted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. This was enough to take the sides in equal at half time.
HT North Ferriby 1-1 Grimsby Town
Second Half Ferriby Team: PECORA, GARDNER, GREY, FOOT, RIDLEY, WHITE, BOLDER, STEVENS, NIX, MORRIS, BRADSHAW
North Ferriby had the first chance of the second half in the 47th minute. Chris White (who looked lively all second half) had an ambitious shot from around 25 yards out tipped over the bar with a flying save from Grimsbys goalkeeper. White was very unlucky not to put Ferriby into the lead.
Ferriby built on White’s chance and dominated the game in the second half. Nix had the next chance for Ferriby. The trialist volleyed over from a Chris White cross.
The game then went quiet and scrappy for around 15 minutes and the only real incidents where the three Ferriby substitutes: 63mins HUNTER on STEVENS off, 68mins WILLIAMS on RIDLEY off, 71mins TAYLOR on BRADSHAW off.
North Ferriby seemed to pick the tempo up after these substitutions and had the next chance. Ben Hunter had a shot inside the box that flew just wide. Hunter continued to have an effect on the game and had a ambitious cross shot in the 82nd minute that hit the crossbar. Grimsby struggled to get a hold on the game and had very little off the ball in Ferriby’s half of the pitch.
In the 84th minute Ferriby had the last and the best chance of the second half and really should have scored. Hunter and White played a neat one-two in the box and Hunter had the first shot which he hit straight at the goalkeeper. The ball rebounded straight to White, and with the keeper helpless on the floor, he hit a weak shot that bobbled straight to a defender. This was a big chance missed.
This was the final chance of the game and the match ended 1-1. Grimsby shaded the first half and had slightly more possession. The second half was dominated by Ferriby but they could not convert their chances. North Ferriby put up a good performance against a side two divisions above them. Billy Heath looks to have put a very strong squad together for this season.
Men of the Match Chris White and Neil Stevens