North Ferriby United ended a gruelling week of four matches in 8 days with a 2-2 draw away at in form Ilkeston Town. It was a sluggish and nervous display from Ferriby. The pressure of being top of the table at this late stage of the season showed today but luckily Hednesford could only draw so they didn’t take advantage of Ferriby not winning.
The match was entertaining from the off, and Ferriby made a brilliant start by taking the lead in the tenth minute, Anthony Wilson shot straight at the Ilkeston goalkeeper who could only parry, Danny Clarke was alert enough to slam home the rebound. 0-1
Even though Ferriby had taken the lead the match was very even and for the next twenty minutes the game was largely played in the midfield, the next chance came in the 30th minute when Adam Nicklin did very well to tip an Ilkeston shot over the bar.
Ilkeston were starting to gain a foothold in the game and in the 36th minute they equalised. The Ilkeston winger was left unmarked and his cross was guided into the net by the outstretched leg of Ferriby defender Paul Robson who could have shown a bit more awareness. 1-1
Ferriby almost took the lead again two m minutes into first half stoppage time but Anthony Wilson could only skew his shot wide from 10 yards. He was kicking himself that he didn’t score.
The opening 15 minutes of the second half were quiet and the first incident of the second half occurred when Adam Nicklin was forced into an amazing diving save to deny Ilkeston. The home side took the lead after63 minutes. Substitute Antwan Russell was allowed space to run down the left-wing before cutting-in and firing a low drive from18-yards past Nicklin. 2-1
Going a goal behing seemed to spare ferriby on and in the 74th minute good interplay between the ferriby midfield resulted in Liam King finding himself in the box before being fouled. The referee gave a penalty and Ryan Kendall stepped up. His penalty was poor however the goalkeeper could only parry and Kendall slammed home the rebound. 2-2
Ferriby began to push hard for a winner that never came, the closest Ferriby came was a Gary Bradshaw free kick in the 80th minute that was tipped round the post by the goalkeeper. From the resulting corner the goal was cleared off the line by an Ilkeston defender, this was the last real chance of the match.
Man of the match: Steve Ridley
Match Report By Sam Shepherd.