This was always going to be a tough fixture for Ferriby. Telford are a strong side with ambitions to reach higher leagues than the Conference North. The villagers have the ability to go to places like Telford and win but everyone knew it would take a great performance to do so. New Bucks Head is an impressive but clinical ground and wouldn’t look out of place in the football league. The pitch looked like a fantastic playing surface so the crowd of 1368 people would see an entertaining game of football.
In the early stages of the match both sides showed plenty of attacking intent, the game was box to box and both sides were working tirelessly to try and find an opening. Anthony Wilson looked particularly good for Ferriby with the visitors marginally shading the early part of the match.
The first real incident of the match was when Anthony Wilson went town softly in the Telford box looking for a penalty however the referee wasn’t interested and waved play on. Wilson got up with a guilty grin on his face.
In the 13th minute Telford looked like taking the lead, they were bursting through the middle and were through on goal but Matt Wilson came from nowhere and made a brilliantly executed slide tackle, if he had got it wrong he would have seen red so it was a brilliant piece of last ditch defending. Three minutes later Ferriby had their first chance when a Russell Fry’s powerful header was saved by the Telford goalkeeper.
In the 22nd minute Nathan Jarman was booked for dissent after committing two early fouls. In the 24th minute Ferriby had a fabulous chance to open the scoring, A one two by Wilson and King resulted in King bursting into the box but he pulled his shot wide when he really should have scored. Four minutes later Russell Fry shot just over the bar from 25 yards, Ferriby were now on top but couldn’t find a goal.
In the 32nd minute Telford had a great chance of their own, Nathan Peat was dispossessed on half way by Tony Gray. He surged forward and reached the edge of the Ferriby area, he looked set to score but his weak shot skimmed straight to Adam Nicklin.
In the 43rd minute the game was turned on its head when Nathan Jarman was sent off. Danny Clarke’s pass didn’t reach Jarman and he lunged in on a Telford defender to try and win the ball back, he mistimed the challenge badly and received his second yellow card for the clumsy challenge. There was a scuffle between Jarman and Clarke as Jarman walked off the pitch, certainly the first sour note in his Ferriby career.
Telford started the second half brightly and Adam Nicklin was grateful to see the ball fly just past his post from a Telford shot in the 47th minute. Then in the 53rd minute Gregg Anderson had a great chance to open the scoring for ten man Ferriby. Jamie Yates floated in a great cross from a Free kick but Anderson could only head over the bar.
Ferriby would regret the chances they had missed because just a minute later Telford took the lead. Tony Grey dummied his was past two defenders before curling a beautiful curling shot past Nicklin into the far left hand corner. Nicklin didn’t move but there was no point because the shot was unstoppable. It was one of those moments when even the opposition supporters sat and clapped. 1-0
Telford then began to dominate and they knew a second goal would kill the game. That second goal came after 81 minutes when Andy Owens broke clear before sliding the ball across Nicklin and into the path of Mike Phenix who slotted the ball into an empty net. 2-0. Telford then controlled the game for the last ten minutes to run out comfortable winners.
This was a disappointing display by Ferriby and Nathan Jarman will probably be kicking himself for getting sent off, this wasn’t the only reason Ferriby lost however because they missed chances in both halves that could have changed the outcome of the match. Ferriby must improve to beat Conference Premier side Alfreton town in the FA cup next week.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Matt Wilson
Match Report By Sam Shepherd