Ferriby took a break from league action to focus on the second round proper of the FA trophy which incidentally is a round which Ferriby had never got to before this season. Ferribys opponents were Skrill Premier side Woking who had picked up their form recently after a slow start to the season. This was set to be a good test for Ferriby, firstly to see if they could progress in the FA trophy and secondly to test their promotion credentials against a team from the league above.
Ferriby started brightly and won several early corners that didn’t result in any clear cut chances. Woking did take control of the game for most of the first 20 minutes but they didn’t manage to create any goal scoring opportunities despite dominating possession.
Danny Clarke had the first real chance of the match when he slotted home a through ball from Liam King but the goal was ruled out for offside. Woking had the next chance when a dangerous floating cross was well saved by Adam Nicklin before it could be pounced on by the Woking strikers.
Woking then had a couple of good chances to open the scoring, the first chance fell to a Woking winger who skipped into the box but his shot was weak and was easily saved by Nicklin. Then the Woking number 11 only had the keeper to beat but his shot was well saved by Nicklin.
Next it was Ferriby’s turn to have two good chances. Anthony Wilson received the ball ten yards out but his shot was hit straight at the grateful Woking goalkeeper. A couple of minutes later Nathan Jarman missed a golden opportunity when he was through on goal but only managed to volley the ball wide.
Ferriby took the lead shortly before half time through the ever reliable Anthony Wilson. A goal-mouth scramble from a corner led to the ball falling at the feet of Wilson who made no mistake and smashed the ball home from 6 yards. 1-0
Ferriby doubled their lead shortly after half time. Russell Fry took a free kick from 30 yards, his shot hit the post and the rebound fell to Danny Clarke who shot through a pile of bodies and into the net. 2-0
The next 30 minutes of the game involved Woking trying to find a way into the game and Ferriby trying to find a goal to kill the game off. Nathan Jarman saw a shot go just over the bar and Anthony Wilson curled a shot wide from 20 yards when he should have passed to Yates who was in a better position. Woking’s best chance came when they curled a shot just wide via a fingertip save from Adam Nicklin.
In the 81st minute Ferriby sealed the game and with it a path into the last 16 of the FA trophy. A low cross from Jamie Yates resulted in a goal mouth scramble and Liam King managed to steer the ball home whilst lying on the turf. 3-0
Woking then missed a glorious chance to set up a nervy finish. They were clean through on goal but took too much time and Adam Nicklin was able to pounce on the ball. In the 90th minute Liam King put the icing on the cake for the villagers. He sprinted 30 yards to collect a through ball, rounded the keeper and fired the ball into the empty net. 4-0
This was an excellent win for the Villagers to progress further in the FA trophy. Ferriby played a Skrill Premier team off the park for 70 minutes and looked comfortable throughout. Liam King was outstanding but the whole team played brilliantly. The last 16 beckons and the villagers are now three wins from Wembley…. Dare to dream.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Liam King
Match Report By Sam Shepherd