Well the end of the unbeaten run had to happen at sometime but Ferriby will feel gutted that their unbeaten run came to an end against top of the table rivals Hednesford Town. This was a match overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the referee and how he handled the match. Several baffling decisions by him meant Ferriby ended up losing the match after leading twice.
Ferriby started the match very brightly and had the first couple of chances. The first came in the 12th minute when Danny Clarke had a header saved. A minute later Ferriby almost scored through a Ryan Kendall header that Dan Crane saved. It was a brilliant diving save and denied a fantastic header.
In the 16th minute Ferriby almost took the lead, again from a Ryan Kendall header. Kendall headed down and into the ground but the ball bounced too high and hit the bar. It was a glorious chance for Ferriby to take the lead but Kendall was unlucky to score.
Hednesford’s first chance came in the 20th minute through a defensive mix up from Ferriby, which almost resulted in an own goal. Ferriby got away with it and got a foot hold back in the game.
This was the final incident of the half and the final 25 minutes of the half was a cagey affair.
Ferriby came out of the dressing rooms clearly fired up and took the lead almost instantly. It was the 48th minute when Danny Clarke curled a shot from outside the box. Anthony Wilson gave the ball a slight flick on the way through which was enough to deflect it past crane and into the net.
Hednesford didn’t take long to respond to going behind and equalised in the 54th minute. A clever lofted through pall fell into the path of Neil Harvey. Ferriby’s goalkeeper Adam Nicklin committed to a footrace with Harvey and clattered into him. Although Nicklin appeared to touch the ball he also clattered into Harvey and a penalty was given by the referee. The penalty was sent to the left of Adam Nicklin who dived the right way but couldn’t get a hand to the ball.
In the 78th minute Ferriby retook the lead. Danny Clarke was fouled near the by line and sub Russell Fry sent in a delightful free kick. Anthony Wilson rose above the crowd and powered his header down and into the net. This sparked wild celebrations from the crowd because they thought Ferriby had done enough to win….. It wasn’t to be.
With just 6 minutes of the game to go the controversy with referee C Akers started. A corner was swung in and a Hedneford player fell in the box. Akers quickly blew his whistle and gave another penalty. The contact between Fry and the Hednesford attacker was minimal at most and the Ferriby players, fans and manager were outraged at the decision. The penalty was dispatched with ease to bring the scores level.
Akers immediately sent Ferriby manager Billy Heath to the stands for dissent because Heath went ballistic when the penalty was given. Hednesford now looked confident and the Ferriby players were clearly angry. Hednesford sensed this and pounced to snatch a last gasp winner. It was the 89th minute and a cross from the left was headed past Nicklin and into the net. It had gone from bad to worse for Ferriby who had gone from 3 points to 0 points in the space of 6 minutes.
The day got even worse for Ferriby in the 90th minute when Anthony Wilson was given 2 simultaneous yellow cards for dissent. This was a very unfortunate way to end his loan spell with Ferriby. Ferriby did have a final chance to equalise deep into stoppage time when Nathan Peat’s free kick was tipped over the bar by Crane.
FT Ferriby 2-3 Hednesford
The last ten minutes of this match were very controversial and Akers was not a popular man with the home crowd as he left the field. The Hednesford players were over the moon to win but they had a large helping hand from a sub standard referee. Ferriby need to pick themselves up for saturdays visit of Rushall Olympic.
Man of the Match: Anthony Wilson
Match Report by Sam Shepherd