NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley (Dean Lisles 45 ), Liam King (Neil Stevens 80), Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke (Chris Hall 83), Russell Fry, Jack Muldoon, Gary Bradshaw (Lee Morris 74), Ryan Kendall (Ben Hunter 80) Non-playing subs: Antoni Pecora, Timothy Taylor, Mark Gray,
FC Halifax Town: Matty Glennon, Ryan Toulson, Jason St Juste, Jason Jarratt, Connor qualtar, Liam Hogan, Jon Worthington, Liam Needham (Jamie Rainford 45), Paul Marshall, Lee Gregory (Chris Worsley 74) Gareth Seddon (Osabi Obidaki 68)
North Ferriby took on Blue Square North side FC Halifax Town in their final pre season friendly in what turned out to be a very high quality pre season fixture. Both sides provided plenty of attacking flair and this made for an end to end match.
Ferriby had the first chance when a corner was swung in from the right and the ball fell to Jack Muldoon who had his shot blocked in a very crowded penalty area. Ferriby built on this and continued to exert pressure on Halifax. Gary Bradshaw nearly capitalised on this in the 19th minute when he refused to give up on a seemingly over hit cross and his flicked headed went straight into the goalkeepers arms.
Halifax had the next chance and they took full advantage of it. In the 23rd minute a through ball found Lee Gregory who chipped the ball over Adam Nicklin who perhaps should have stayed on his line for longer. Halifax then made there quality show three minutes later. A fierce shot from the right of the box deflected off steve Gardner and fell to Gregory who made no mistake from three yards.
The two quick fire goals seemed to wake up Ferriby who halved the deficit 5 minutes later, in the 31st minute. Danny Clarke played a delightful through ball to Gary Bradshaw who timed his run perfectly and slotted the ball under the advancing Glennon. This was the final breakthrough of the half.
HT FERRIBY 1-2 HALIFAX
Ferriby started the second half brightly and Danny Clarke should have scored in the 52nd minute when a rebound from a Gary Bradshaw went slightly behind Clarke who could only scuff his shot into the goalkeepers arms. Attack turned into defence in the 54th minute when Ferriby’s captain Paul Foot cleared a shot off the line that was seemingly destined to hit the back of the net.
Jack Muldoon had the next chance for Ferriby. He hit a powerful drive from the edge of the box that the Halifax goalkeeper parried and then gathered. Halifax then made Ferriby pay for their missed chances by scoring the next goal in the 72nd minute. The ball again fell to Gregory who slotted home from close range to complete his hat trick.
After this set back Ferriby did not roll over and die, on the contrary they responded very quickly and pulled a goal back two minutes later. A beauty of a free kick was swung in from the right by Russell Fry and Paul Foot found himself unmarked in the centre of the box and he nodded the ball past Glennon and into the net.
Ryan Kendall almost equalised for Ferriby in the 77th minute when he ran behind Lee Morris and with the Goalkeeper unsighted he smashed a shot, but unfortunately it was straight at the grateful goalkeeper. Halifax had the final chance of the match in the 87 th minute when sub Jamie Rainford headed a cross from a corner straight into Nicklin’s arms when he probably should have scored.
FT FERRIBY 2-3 HALIFAX ATTENDANCE: 187
Ferriby where unlucky to lose this match and could have even won if they had converted more chances. They certainly held their own against higher league opposition. This will stand them in good stead for the first league game against Buxton which is Ferriby’s next match
Man of the Match: Paul Foot (North Ferriby)