I am very pleased to write this report after a fantastic win for Ferriby which has taken them another huge step forward towards winning the league this season. This game was always going to be pivotal and if hednesford had won it would have been a disaster but Ferriby never really looked like dropping points and it was one of their best performances this season.
Ferriby exploded out of the blocks and took the lead after only 5 minutes, the tenacious Danny Clarke won the ball in midfield and played a delightful through ball to Anthony Wilson who surged into the box before slipping the ball across the face of goal to the onrushing Ryan Kendall who tapped in left footed to give Ferriby the best possible start. 0-1
Hednesford to their credit did not let this early setback defeat them because they had the next chance when a deflected shot looped up and clattered off the Ferriby crossbar much to the relief of Adam Nicklin. Ferriby were the next to go close when Ryan Kendall rose highest above the defenders and headed just wide.
Both teams continued to attack but Ferriby looked the most likely to score, the rest of the half consisted of half chances but Ferriby always had the upper hand. 0-1 HT
Ferriby started the better side in the second half and it took them just 9 minutes to double their lead. Ryan Williams crossed from the right and Anthony Wilson jumped early to head the ball home to the delight of the Ferriby fans in the stand. 0-2
After 65 minutes a defensive howler by Ferriby gifted hednesford a way into the match. Neither Nicklin or Anderson committed to clearing a bouncing ball in the box, Neil Harvey was alert to the mix up and chipped the ball over Nicklin who almost rescued the ball but it bounced just over the line. 1-2
This lifted the largely subdued home crowd and clearly gave Hednesford a lift, in the 70th minute they almost scored again but Adam Nickin denied them with a magnificent diving save. The game was now becoming nervy and mistakes were common.
In the 80th minute a Ferriby clearance fell to Anthony Wilson on the halfway line. Wilson sprinted with the ball and soon had a hednesford centre half tugging on his shirt in a desperate attempt to win the ball back. This didn’t stop Wilson who kept on running and slotted the ball expertly into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, sparking wild celebrations by Ferriby players and fans alike. 1-3
After the third goal Ferriby seemed to sit back and invited pressure onto themselves. In the 87th minute the ball was launched into the Ferriby box and Aaron Rey was felled by a clumsy challenge from Chris Bolder. The Reliable Elliott Durell stepped up and slotted the ball home. 2-3
This made the last few minutes very nervy for Ferriby but deep into stoppage time Danny Clarke did brilliantly to trap the ball in the corner and win a free kick for Ferriby, the final whistle was blown soon afterwards. The relief and delight was clear to see in all of the players especially Gregg Anderson who pumped the air and applauded the Ferriby fans.
Ferriby now look like the outright favourites for the league title and the title race is now in their hands. Hednesford have a huge fixture pile up awaiting them and they will find it difficult to last the pace.
Man of the match: Danny Clarke
Match Report by Sam Shepherd.