I am very proud to be a North Ferriby fan in these great times for the club, and I hope the team succeed and prosper in the Conference North. Anyway on to the match…
This match was an historic occasion for North Ferriby United football club. This was the clubs first match in the 2nd tier of non league football and they were against unknown opponents in Gloucester City. Ferriby would have been keen to get off to a good start in the Skrill North to make a statement that we are not a club destined to be relegated.
The game started in the pouring rain but this did not dampen the spirits of both sides and the match started brightly. Ferriby took the lead after just 6 minutes. Jamie Yates had a thunderous shot parried by the Gloucester goalkeeper but Danny Clarke was on hand to slide in and guide the ball home. This must have been a great moment for Clarkey to score such an historic goal. 1-0
Ferriby looked energised after the goal and were keen to build on it. In the 9th minute Liam King rose highest to meet a looping cross but his header was well saved. Gloucester were still in the game and they showed this in the 11th minute when they equalised. A defensive mix up by Ferriby allowed Scott Wilson to smash the ball past a stranded Adam Nicklin. 1-1
The game ebbed and flowed and was very entertaining with both teams creating chances. In the 25th minute Ferriby took the lead again. A good move by the Ferriby midfield led to Nathan Jarman hitting a shot on the turn hard and high into the roof of the net. 2-1
In the 44th minute Danny Clarke hit a long range shot that was well saved by the Gloucester goalkeeper, this led to a Ferriby corner. Jamie Yates crossed the ball beautifully and Danny Hone rose highest to head the ball home. 3-1
The second half was very even with most of the play in the middle of the park, the best chance came in the 49th minute when Ruan Kendall surged forward before unselfishly passing to Nathan Jarman who had his curling shot saved. A goal mouth scramble followed but ferriby couldn’t scramble the ball into the net.
Gloucester were a very physical side and the referee seemed to let them get away with quite a lot, especially a late challenge on Russell Fry that should have resulted in a yellow card in my opinion.
Ferriby held on to claim victory in their first ever match in the Conference North. It was a great win and will give the lads and fans alike a huge confidence boost.
Ferriby will hope to build on this win in their upcoming matches against Bradford PA, Harrogate town and Boston.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Danny Hone
Match Report By Sam Shepherd