Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley (James Williams, 82), Liam King (Louis Mobbs, 74), Gregg Anderson, Chris Bolder (c), Danny Clarke, Neil Stevens (Tim Taylor, 78), Jack Muldoon, Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Kendall Subs not used: Antoni Pecora
Chester: John Danby, Wes Baynes, Matty McGinn, George Horan (c), Michael Taylor, Ashley Williams, Dave Hankin, Antoni Sarcevic, Adam Proudlock (Nathan Jarman, 56), Marc Williams, Sean Clancy (Michael Powell, 74) Subs not used: Martin Fearon, Levi Mackin, Paul Linwood
This match was always going to be difficult for Ferriby, with a depleted team against a strong Chester side who are a division above them. Their was evidence of this as early as the third minute when Chester had a goal disallowed. The ball found the net from a corner but Chris Bolder had been fouled in the build up and the goal was disallowed.
In the tenth minute Adam Nicklin did brilliantly to deny Chester striker Adam Proudlock. He saved low down to his left and turned the ball round the post for a corner. Ferriby’s first real chance didn’t arrive until the 21st minute when Jack Mulddon fired a shot just over the bar from around 25 yards out. In the 23rd minute Steve Gardner was booked for a reckless challenge on a Chester winger and if it had been a league game the card may have been a different colour. The final chance of the half fell to Chester in the 40th minute when Williams volleyed wide right from a cross.
Ferriby had the first chance of the second half when Steve Ridley fired an ambitious 30 yard shot just wide. 3 minutes later however Chester showed their class and scored the opening goal. Mark Williams headed in a cross in the centre of the box. Within two minutes Williams scored again to double Chester’s lead. This time the ball fell to Williams from a corner and from three yards out he couldn’t miss.
This deflated Ferriby and Chester went on to dominate the match. They capitalised on Ferriby constantly losing possession and this led to their next chance. Chester collected the ball in the 67th minute and where through on goal but the brilliant Nicklin closed the angle down and saved well.
In the 75th minute Marc Williams found himself one on one with Nicklin but again Nicklin managed to save and the rebound was headed onto the bar.
Chester continued to dominate and in the 91st minute scored another goal to put the cherry on the cake. Williams finished off a man of the match performance by scoring the third goal and completing his hattrick. Nicklin was drawn away from his goal and the ball was slid to Williams who couldn’t have had an easier finish into an empty net.
This was the final action of the match. Chester showed their class in this game and beat a Ferriby team that was definitely not at it’s best. With a full strength team Ferriby would have given Chester a better game.
FT Chester 3-0 North Ferriby
Man of the match: Marc Williams (Chester)
Ferriby Man of the match: Adam Nicklin