After getting back to winning ways on boxing day Ferriby followed up three days later with an easy win at rock bottom Eastwood Town. Eastwood had a gung ho approach and were horribly exposed at the back and Ferriby continually took advantage of this. The result was never in doubt despite the pitch being very heavy due to the large amount of rainfall the country is experiencing. It is a credit to Eastwood that the match was able to go ahead because only 4 matches survived the weather in the Northern Premier League.
Eastwood started brightly and Adam Nicklin had a to make a fantastic diving save in the first couple of minutes to deny the hosts. Ferriby took the lead in the 10th minute through Ryan Williams. Anthony Wilson was clean through but squared the ball to Williams who took his time to beat the last defender and power the ball home. 0-1
From that point on the result was never in doubt after this point and ten minutes later Ferriby scored again. Chris Bolder ran onto a through ball and hammered the ball home despite a fingertip touch from the Eastwood goalkeeper. 0-2
Ferriby dominated the rest of the half and created various chances that could and should have resulted in more goals before the break. In the 40th minute Chris Bolder should have scored his second goal but he headed wide. Then in the 43rd minute Anthony Wilson hit a shot into the side netting.
The second half started more evenly and Ferriby didn’t score again until the 66th minute. Ferriby were content to play on the counter attack and this was how the third goal was scored. Ryan Kendall was sent clean through on a Ferriby break away and he rounded the Keeper with ease before slotting home. 0-3
Ferriby then wasted another fantastic chance. Anthony Wilson was one on one with the goalkeeper but he tried to pass the ball to Kendall who wasn’t expecting the pass and he couldn’t score.
In the 84th minute Ferriby scored again when Ryan Williams bagged his second goal. He collected the ball in the box from a Gary Bradshaw pass and shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom right hand corner of the net. 0-4
The icing was put on the cake in the 90th minute when Ryan Kendall scored his second goal. He was again sent through one on one with the goalkeeper by Gary Bradshaw and he shot past the despairing keeper and into the net. 0-5
This turned out to be a routine win for Ferriby who absorbed Eastwood attacks and were clinical on the break. It was a good all round team performance from Ferriby. Adam Nicklin could have been sat in a deckchair for most of the match but was still alert when he needed to be. Ferriby’s defence was solid, the midfield controlled the game and the strikers were clinical. Eastwood tried hard all game but lacked quality and Ferriby looked a class above. Ferriby go into 2013 4 points clear at the top of the league and things are looking very positive as the promotion push continues.
Man of the Match Ryan Kendall
Match Report by Sam Shepherd.