Ferriby welcomed league leaders Solihull Moors to the eon visual media stadium for an important match marking the start a period of 6 home games out of the next 7 for the villagers. Solihull defeated the villagers 2-0 in the reverse fixture a couple of months ago however Billy Heath said after that game that he was frustrated with the result because he felt Ferriby created enough chances to win.
The game started slowly with neither team able to create clear cut chances. Solihull had the first shot on target after 7 minutes however the shot was weak and was saved easily be Nicklin. Solihull also had the next attempt in the 14th minute when the number 8 tried to emulate a goal scored by Luis Suarez a few days earlier, unfortunately for him however the ball flew high and wide over the bar.
Ferribys first chance came in the 16th minute when they won a corner. Danny Hone rose to meet the cross but could only head the ball straight to the grateful Solihull goalkeeper. Ferriby had the next chance in the 26th minute when Anthony Wilson sent a header just wide when he could and possibly should have opened the scoring.
Solihull then got back into the rhythm of the game and in the 32nd minute they had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee. Then 5 minutes later a fantastic save by Adam Nicklin denied the visitors who were starting to get on top. Ferriby then had the next chance in the 40th minute when Anthony Wilson fired his shot wide. Then a minute later Danny Hone headed wide from a corner.
On the stroke of half time Solihull made Ferriby pay for their missed chances. Omar Bogle latched onto a through ball and rounded Adam Nicklin with ease before slotting the ball into an empty net. This gave Solihull the lead seconds before the half time whistle.
The second half was a non-event for the first 15 minutes with the only two incidents of note were booking for the goal scorer Bogle and Ferriby’s Anthony Wilson. The game was sparked back into life in the 62nd minute when Jamie Yates swung in a corner from the left and Wilson rose highest to nod the ball past the Solihull goalkeeper. Wilson had worked tirelessly all game and deserved his goal. 1-1
Ferriby were boosted by the equaliser and took control of the game. Wilson was having a fantastic game and was giving the Solihull defenders a nightmare. He won a corner and this led to a header from Ferriby clipping the bar and just going over. Then a couple of minutes later Yates and Peat combined to allow Peat to send in a beautiful cross that only needed a touch by the onrushing Danny Clarke for it to hit the net but the cross missed him by millimetres.
Ferriby were well on top and it looked like the game would only have one winner. In the 89th minute Nathan Jarman missed a glorious chance to give Ferriby all three points. Wilson broke through the middle and surged towards the box, he drew in two defenders before delivering the ball on a plate to Jarman on the left hand side of the box. Jarman was in acres of space and only had the keeper to beat but he spooned his shot high and wide. Ferriby continued to push for the winner but couldn’t find a way through and Solihull would have been relieved to hear the final whistle.
This was a some-what frustrating result for Ferriby. They created enough chances in the second half to have won the game easily but they couldn’t find a way through a resolute Solihull defence. The day was made even more frustrating by the news that Hednesford, Boston, Telford and Altrincham had all lost meaning if Ferriby had won they would have gone top of the league. Ferriby now need to re-group and focus on the next game v Leamington.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Anthony Wilson
Match Report By Sam Shepherd