North Ferriby crashed out of the FA trophy and had their unbeaten run come to a shuddering halt after a poor defeat by Buxton. It was a very flat performance from Ferriby but Buxton weren’t much better and had the favour of the referee.
Ferriby will be disappointed with this performance because the run they were on was very impressive.
Buxton started the better team and had the first chance of the match in the 13th minute when Lee Moriis headed the ball back from the by line it fell to a Buxton player but his powerful shot was blocked.
Ferriby then began to get a foothold in the game and in the 21st minute Russell Fry sent in a wonderful cross from the right, Ryan Kendall rose to meet it but his header was deflected wide.
Buxton then won a Free Kick on the edge of the Ferriby box in the 25th minute, the Buxton player hit a beautiful curling shot that went just wide of the goal to the relief of Adam Nicklin.
Ferriby were struggling against the strong physical presence of Buxton and the Referee didn’t help, however Ferriby did have the final chance of the first half when Ryan Kendall shot narrowly wide.
Ferriby came out fighting after half time and dominated the first 15 minutes of the half. In the 56th minute Ryan Kendall sent a low cross across the box that was nervously spooned over the bar by the Buxton centre half.
Three minutes later and against the run of play Buxton took the lead. A cross was sent in and Michael Towey rose highest to send a looping header past the diving Adam Nicklin. 1-0.
Ferriby responded to this setback and began to dominate again. In the 78th minute the Buxton goalkeeper Ian Deakin made a superb save from a close range header. Ferriby were well on top and two minutes later they equalised. Ben Hunter sent in a cross from a corner and Chris Bolder reacted first to score with a powerful header. 1-1.
Instead of getting a winner or even a replay Ferriby ended up losing the match in the 85th minute. Nathan Peat lost the ball on the edge of his own box and Kieran Lugsden pounced to score. 2-1.
This was the final major event of the match and Buxton progressed to the next round with a 2-1 win. Ferriby will be disappointed with this defeat and especially disappointed with the two goals they conceded because both goals could have been avoided.
On a positive note Ferriby can now concentrate on their promotion push in the league and will hope to continue their unbeaten league run in their next match at home to Ilkeston.
Man of the Match: Dean Lisles
Match Report by Sam Shepherd