North Ferriby consolidated their decent start to the skrill north season with a 1-1 draw against Brackley Town. Going into the match placed 3rd and 4th it was clear to supporters of both clubs that the match would be close. The match was hard fought from the start and a draw was probably a fair result in the end.
Ferriby had the first chance of the game as early as the third minute. Liam King headed on a high lofted ball and his header fell to Nathan Jarman who hit a snap shot wide when he should have scored. In such a tight game it was a disappointing miss.
The game was very lively early on and Brackley had the next chance in the 6th minute. Adam Nicklin had to be alert to make a smart save, his reflexes were then tested when he saved the rebound on the goalline. Brackley continued to press and in the 13th minute they almost opened the scoring. There was a goalmouth scramble which resulted in a goal line clearance by Danny Hone. Brackley fans protested that the ball had crossed the line but unfortunately for them goal line technology hasn’t reached non league yet!
Ferriby had the next chance when Nathan Jarman hit a powerful shot straight at the Brackley goalkeeper. The game continued to eb and flow and was end to end. Anthony Wilson had the final chance of the half when he volleyed a cross high and wide.
Ferriby dominated the early exchanges of the second half and looked energised after Billy Heaths team talk. The first chance of the second half fell to Anthony Wilson who had a shot on the turn that flew over the crossbar.
In the 54th minute the Brackley goalkeeper was almost made to look foolish by an awkward cross/shot. The goalie just about managed to get a hand to the hanging cross to tip it wide. Ferriby looked the more dangerous and in the 60th minute they got their reward for their tenacity in attack. Anthony Wilson passed the ball to Nathan Jarman who shot low under the goalkeeper to open the scoring for Ferriby. 0-1.
The match was turned on its head in the 65th minute. Anthony Wilson jumped with a defender to compete for a high ball. Wilson struck the defender with his elbow and was shown a straight red card. As Wilson trudged off the home crowd raised the noise level in a bid to energise their team.
Brackley picked up their intensity in almost equalised in the 63rd minute when Adam Nicklin made a smart low save. Ferriby were holding on and it looked like they may be on their way to 3 points until the 81st minute. Brackley were awarded a soft free kick on the edge of the Ferriby box, the contact between the two players looked minimal but Brackley weren’t complaining. The free kick was curled beautifully into the top left hand corner of the net to the delight of the home crowd. 1-1
Brackley pushed for the winner but they didn’t manage it and it would have been very cruel on Ferriby if brackley had won. In the grand scheme of things this was a very good point for Ferriby, brackley is a tough place to go and the goal Ferriby scored was the first Brackley have conceded this season.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Danny Clarke
Ferriby will hope Ryan Kendall can find his goal scoring form of last season to fill in for the suspended Anthony Wilson. This is Kendall’s chance and I hope he takes it. This week we renew our rivalry with Hednesford town a match I always look forward to. It will be another tough test for Ferriby because the pitmen have made a fantastic start to the season.
Match Report By Sam Shepherd