NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Jack Muldoon (Ryan Kendall 66), Gary Bradshaw, Steve Ridley (Lee Morris 89). Non-playing subs: Mark Gray, Neil Stevens, Rob Moy
Worksop Town: Paul Bastock, Ryan Clarke, Sam Craven, Matt Telling (Lee Beeson71), Luke Shiels, Stuart Ludlam, Craig King (Matty Young 71), SteveTowers, Bruno Holden (Owain Warlow 64), Leon Mettam, Massiah McDonald. Non-playing subs: Chris Wood, Adie Hawes
Ferriby left Worksop defeated and deflated after Worksop’s comeback victory on Wednesday night. Ferriby led at half time but Worksop came back to snatch the game late on. Once again Ferriby where left cursing missed chances and poor refereeing.
Ferriby set off like a train in this match and where ahead after two minutes through a stunning goal from Danny Clarke. He controlled the ball with his chest and as he turned he volleyed the ball over the keeper and into the net. Ferriby almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Gary Bradshaw had a low shot smartly saved by the keeper.
The game than went very flat for 25 minutes and no real chances where created. In the 32nd minute the game burst back into life when Jack Muldoon missed a glorious chance for Ferriby. A through ball sent him through one on one with the keeper but his shot was weak and straight at the keeper. It seemed like a guilty shot because he seemed to think he was offside but he should have played to the whistle.
Ferriby’s first half dominance continued and Worksop’s goalkeeper Paul Bastock had to deal with a bombardment of free kicks and corners. Ferriby once again failed to punish Worksop and went in at half time only 0-1 up when it could so easily have been 3 or 4.
Worksop came out a different side in the second half and where immediately on the front foot. In the 54th minute a brilliant block from the impressive Steve Gardner denied Worksop a certain goal because Adam Nicklin was beaten. Worksop kept attacking and equalised in the 56th minute. Bruno Holden headed a cross powerfully past Nicklin and into the net.
This seemed to spark some life into Ferriby and into the 59th minute Jack Muldoon had a jinking run into the box and forced Bastock to tip his shot from a narrow angle round the post for a corner. From the resulting corner Gary Bradshaw was very unlucky because his stooping header beat Bastock but cannoned off the bar.
After this short period of pressure Ferriby fell into the trap of sitting back and inviting pressure. Because of this Worksop began to dominate. In the 62nd minute a swerving shot from Worksop flew just wide. Two minutes later Leon Mettam should have scored when he met a cross with a diving header that sailed over the bar.
After another flat period Worksop had the next chance in the 86th minute when Adam Nicklin did brilliantly to dive across and tip a 30 yard thunderbolt round the post. Worksop made their pressure count in the 88th minute when they equalised. A Ferriby player was dispossessed in midfield and the ball was played through to Matty Young who rounded Nicklin and slotted home. This goal was not without controversy because the officials seemed to be the only people in the ground who didn’t realise Young was almost 5 yards offside when he received the ball. Even the referee’s assessor admitted the goal shouldn’t have stood. This was the final significant action of the match which ended Worksop 2-1 North Ferriby.
Ferriby need to start putting their chances away if they are going to win matches because the first two matches have shown that 1-0 is never a safe scoreline. The refereeing decisions again went against Ferriby but they can’t keep using that as an excuse and need to kill teams off so bad refereeing decisions don’t affect the outcome of any more matches.
Attendance 301 Ferriby Man of the Match Steve Gardner