After a disappointing draw with kid table Nantwich town on Saturday it was vital for Ferriby to beat Matlock to keep up the pressure on second placed Hednesford who drew level on points with the villagers following Saturday’s results. Ferriby thankfully delivered a positive result with a 2-2 victory.
There was only ever one side likely to win the match and that was Ferriby, they dominated from minute 1 however Matlock did have the first half chance in the 6th minute when Paul Foot had to be alert to clear a searching cross in the Ferriby box.
Ferriby then started to assert their dominance and in the 11th minute they almost scored when Danny Clarke jinked his way in to the box, his shot took a deflection and bounced off the outside of the post. The game then had a quiet period before Ferriby should have opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Ryan Kendall shot from a narrow angle and the Matlock goalkeeper did well to save however Ferriby may have been disappointed that nobody was alert enough to score the rebound.
Anthony Wilson was the next man guilty of missing a clear chance for Ferriby. He climbed above all the defenders around him but headed a cross wide when it was probably easier to score.
Matlock made a spirited start to the second half. In the 52nd minute Gregg Anderson let a clearance bounce and a Matlock striker found himself one on one with Nicklin but Nicklin managed to make a very good save to keep the score level.
Ferriby took the lead in the 59th minute when Ryan Williams passed the ball to an onrushing Liam King who slid the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net to score against his former club, it was a lead that Ferriby deserved. 0-1
Ferriby doubled their advantage in the 72nd minute when Ryan Kendall anticipated a cross into the box and hit a shot on the turn that hit the inside of the right hand post before bobbling into the net. 0-2
The rest of the match was controlled by Ferriby and Matlock never really looked like scoring. Ferriby deserved to gain a vital 3 points in their quest to gain promotion to the Blue Square North and will hope to win again on Saturday at Marine.
Man of the match: Liam King