North Ferriby continued their amazing league form with a 2-0 nil win over playoff rivals Witton Albion. This result propelled Ferriby back to the top of the table because Marine lost. Ferriby have now amassed 22 points from the last available 24 and look like they can beat anyone this season.
Ferriby completely dominated the first half and opened the scoring in the 12th minute through a superb goal from Chris Bolder. Bolder collected the ball on the edge of the box and curled the ball sweetly into the top right hand corner. It was a fantastic finish. 1-0
Witton couldn’t handle Ferriby’s passing game and Ferriby demonstrated this in the 20th minute when Hunter, Williams and Bradshaw combined to set up Liam King who shot high over the bar. It was fantastic build up play and that will have pleased Billy Heath.
The wide men for Ferriby were impressive and in the 24th minute Ben Hunter jinked past two defenders and sent a beautiful cross into the box from the left and Gary Bradshaw met the cross with a volley that crashed against the Witton crossbar and bounced away.
Ferriby were well o top and a minute after hitting the bar Ferriby doubled their lead. Inside his own half Ryan Williams spotted a surging run from Liam King and he picked him out perfectly with a lofted through ball. King sprinted into the box and slotted his shot under the advancing goalkeeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 2-0
In truth Ferriby should have killed the game in the first half and two minutes after the goal Jack Muldoon was sent one on one with the goalkeeper but his shot was weak and went wide. In the 29th minute Witton had their first chance of the game and would have scored if it wasn’t for fantastic save from Adam Nicklin who had been sat on his deckchair until then. Ferriby picked themselves up after that wake up call and in the 36th minute Ryan Williams missed a fantastic chance when Huntr passed the ball into his path and from 12 yards out Williams shot just wide.
The second half started sluggishly and neither team created much. Witton did have a stronger foothold in the game and created the first second half chance in the 66th minute when they shot just wide. 5 minutes later after a piece of handbags involving Nathan Peat Witton almost scored from the resulting free kick and goalmouth scramble. Ferriby had the next chance in the 80th minute when, with the keeper off his line Ryan Williams lofted a ball to Ryan Kendall who scored but had the goal disallowed for offside.
Witton wee pushing hard to get a goal and in the 81st minute they were denied by another great save from Adam Nicklin. A minute later Witton thought they had scored only for their goal to be disallowed for offside. This decision was met with a lot of protest from the Witton players and fans but the decision stood.
Ferriby had chances on the counter attack because Witton were pushing so many men forward. In the 84th minute Ryan Kendall rounded the goalkeeper but shot wide from a narrow angle. 5 minutes later Witton burst into the box and hit the bar with a powerful drive which was unlucky for them. Ferriby had the final chance of the match in the 91st minute when Steve Ridley crossed to Bradshaw who despite falling got his shot away and the Witton goalkeeper did well to save.
This was a fantastic result for Ferriby and they are playing extremely well. The strength in depth of the squad is envied by everyone in the league and Ferriby are showing they fear no one in this league. They will hope to keep this up against struggling Grantham in their next match.
Match Report by Sam Shepherd.