North Ferriby stormed to the top of the Evo Stik league with a 4-0 win over Stocksbridge. Ferriby dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the win. They have now accumulated 19 points from a possible 21 in their last 7 league games and are now on 20 points from ten matches so are fulfilling Billy Heaths target of 2 points per match.
Ferriby started the game better and had the first chance when Jack Muldoon had a shot that fizzed wide left. In truth stocksbridge never got going and after 17 minutes Ferriby took the lead. Ben Hunter swung in a free kick from the right and the ball took a slight touch of former Ferriby defender Ben Turner and dropped into the net. 0-1
Five minutes later Stocksbridge had their first chance and Mark Grey did well to head a shot away that seemed to be heading into the net. Two minutes later Stocksbridge looked to have scored but a wonderful flying save from Adam Nicklin denied them.
This seemed to spur Ferriby on and two minutes later they doubled their lead. A fantastic run from Jack Muldoon led to a pass to Gary Bradshaw who shot from the edge of the box and the ball flew into the bottom left hand corner of the net. This was a fantastic goal from Ferriby and the attacking build up was excellent. 0-2
Ferriby were now well on top and were exerting pressure all over the pitch. In the 35th minute Ferriby went 0-3 up. Mark Grey was fouled in the box and Ryan Williams slotted the resulting penalty into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 0-3
The first half seemed to be over but after 47 minutes Ferriby had another chance. A cross from the right only needed a touch from the onrushing Gary Bradshaw but he couldn’t reach it in time.
The second half started evenly and neither team created any early chances. Ferriby did have the first chance of the second half and it came in the 65th minute when Ben Hunter cut in from the left but could only shoot straight at the stocksbridge goalkeeper.
3 minutes later Ferriby had another chance when Ryan Williams crossed form the by line and Jack Muldoon scooped the ball just over the bar. Stocksbridge then had a period of around ten minutes when they were on top. IN the 72nd minute a goal mouth scramble almost resulted in stocksbridge scoring but Adam Nicklin reached low to save.
As the game went into the last ten minutes Ferriby started creating chances again and after 82 minutes Mark Grey headed a corner just over the bar. Ferriby rounded the game off in the 86th minute when Jack Muldoon hit a shot against the post and Ryan Kendall slotted the ball home to add the icing to the cake.
This was the final incident of the match and Ferriby ran out 0-4 winners. With the news coming in that Chorley could only manage a draw this meant that Ferriby had gone top of the league. This was a fantastic win and Ferriby played extremely well and are looking dangerous all over the pitch. Ferriby will hope to continue this form against Witton on Saturday. This season is certainly looking very promising.
My man of the match was Ryan Williams. He never stopped running all game, was always an option out wide, scored a penalty and created multiple other chances. He looks a brilliant signing and has added another attacking dimension to the team since is arrival.