The Ferriby Express rolled into Matlock on Saturday for another crucial match in Ferriby’s season. Away form has kept Ferriby at the top this season and their amazing away form continued with a 3-1 away at Marine.
It wasn’t plain sailing for Ferriby, far from it. Marine took the lead after 9 minutes when they took advantage of a sleeping Ferriby defence. Lee Trundle crossed and Marines number 9 swivelled and volleyed the ball past Nicklin 1-0
Ferriby then gradually built their way into the game and after 33 minutes they equalised, Ryan Kendall was felled in the penalty area and he stepped up to smash his penalty into the back of the net, 1-1
Just 3 minutes later Ferriby took the lead, Russell Fry floated in a beautiful cross from a corner and Anthony Wilson rose unmarked and met the ball with a bullet header, the goalkeeper didn’t stand a chance. 2-1
Ferriby were back in the game and dominated the rest of the first half. HT 1-2
The second half was one way traffic from the off and Ferriby dominated. 9 minutes into the second hald Paul Robson missed an amazing chance to score. Ryan Williams passed the ball to Kendall who squared the ball to Robson who only had to tap the ball into an empty net but under pressure from an onrushing defender he blazed his shot over the bar.
Three minutes later Ferriby missed a more difficult chance. Ryan Kendall rose to meet a cross but his looping header ended up on the roof of the net. Ferriby were now well on top and looked hungry for more goals.
Ferriby continued to push forward but because of this they were vulnerable on the break and after a failed Ferriby attack Matlock started a counter attack and Adam Nicklin was exposed one on one but he saved the resulting shot and then caught the rebound.
This was the final chance of the match and Ferriby cruised to victory. The players delight was clear to see at the end of the match when they responded to the applause of the Ferriby fans with fist pumps and claps to the fans. This was Ferriby’s 16th away win of the season and I have been informed that this is a new league record, this is a truly magnificent achievement for Ferriby.
All Ferriby need now is to win their two final league games and the title is won, as simple as that! But as any Ferriby fans know it is never that simple with the villagers.
Man of the match: Anthony Wilson
Match Report By Sam Shepherd.