North Ferriby continued their impressive league run by recording a 2-1 over Matlock Town and this meant they have earned 16 of the last 18 league points which is extremely good form. Ferriby aren’t playing at the top of their form at the moment but they are grinding out wins and that can only be a good thing.
Matlock started the game the better and in the 2nd minute they almost scored. A thunderous drive from Glynn Cotton cannoned off the underside of the bar and bounced down. Matlock players and fans alike appealed for a goal but the referee waved it away. Matlock continued to dominate the early proceedings and in the 9th minute a cross from a Matlock winger only needed a touch to go in but nobody arrived in time to tap the ball home for Matlock.
Ferriby did begin to get a foothold in the game however and the next 20 minutes where much more even. In the 31st minute Ferriby took the lead. The impressive Liam King hit a shot from just outside the box, it was deflected and fell to the master poacher Gary Bradshaw who made no mistake and fired home from ten yards. 1-0
Ferriby kicked on and 8 minutes later went close again when Jack Muldoon fired a shot just across the goal and just a minute later Liam King had another shot just tipped wide by the Matlock goalkeeper. This was the final chance of quite an even first half in which Ferriby where the only team who managed to take one of their chances whereas Matlock where couldn’t convert any in the first half.
Matlock again started the second half better and in the 59th minute they were denied by the brilliant Adam Nicklin. He did well to stop another thunderous shot from Matlock. Two minutes later Ferriby had the next chance, Ben Hunter crossed and Chris Bolder was unlucky to see his header loop over. Ferriby continued to apply pressure and 5 minutes later in the 66th minute Ryan William was very unlucky not to score when he saw his header come back off the bar.
Ferriby were now well on top and made the pressure count. In the 71st minute Ferriby took the lead when Gary Bradshaw was tripped in the box and the referee gave a penalty. Ryan Kendall stepped up and fired the penalty home. It is a big relief that Ferriby have scored their last two penalties because they had made a nasty habit of missing penalties at the start of this season. 2-0
Matlock would not lie down and die however because two minutes later they pulled a goal back when good build up play from Massiah Mcdonald led to a shot from Joe Leesley who slotted the ball past a despairing Adam Nicklin and into the bottom right hand corner of the net. 2-1
In all honesty Ferriby were holding on a little and in the 83rd minute Matlock almost equalised. A beautiful cross was met by the head of Massiah Mcdonald. The whole ground had thought it had gone in as it headed low towards the bottom left hand corner, Nicklin however had other ideas and fantastically dived low and tipped the ball past the post. Adam Nicklin undoubtedly saved all three points for Ferriby in this match and he should be given immense credit.
Overall Ferriby will be relieved with the win and current form is very pleasing, however this performance was far from convincing and without the heroics of Nicklin they wouldn’t have won all three points. One pleasing aspect in Ferriby’s performance was the central midfield area with Bolder and King looking impressive. Ferriby will hope to continue the current good form against Stocksbridge in their next match.
Match Report by Sam Shepherd.