It has been documented that Ferriby are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment. The cuop exit to Gosport has been followed by a defeat at mid table Barrow and a laboured home victory against lowly Oxford. The chasing pack is closing in on the villagers which makes it important for Ferriby to beat the teams in the lower half of the table. The latest opponents of the villagers were relegation threatened GloucesterCity who had been beaten by Barrow in midweek. Ferriby were missing some a couple of key players, Gregg Anderson through a season ending injury and Anthony Wilson who sat out the first game of his four match suspension.
The game started slowly and was very physical. The physical aspect of the game was to be seen throughout the ninety minutes and the flow of the game was not helped by a pedantic referee who was one of the most card happy referees I have come across.
The first chance of the game fell to the hosts but the shot from the Gloucester attacker was straight at Adam Nicklin who had no trouble making the save. Ferriby had the first brilliant chance of the game when a Ferriby corner fell to Mark Grey just outside the area. Grays thunderous shot was brilliantly saved by the Gloucester goalkeeper.
Ferriby continued to create pressure and had another chance when Danny Hone headed the ball straight at the keeper from a corner. It was the home side who took the lead in the 26th minute. A long ball was launched forward and was controlled before being passed to Gloucester’s number 6. The ball sat up invitingly and he hit the sweet spot to send the ball swerving into the top right hand corner of the net leaving a diving Nicklin no chance. It was a superb goal to give Gloucester the lead. 1-0
Gloucester grasped the initiative following the opening goal and almost scored again soon after. A header was directed towards goal but Nicklin was on hand to deny the hosts with a fantastic low save. This was the final major chance of a frustrating first half for Ferriby. HT 1-0
Ferriby came out firing in the second half and had the first chance when a snap shot from Liam King was tipped round the post by the Brighton goalkeeper. The equaliser came for Ferriby in the 53rd minute. Ferriby won a central free kick around 25 yards from goal. Jamie Yates stood over the ball and unleashed a fantastic shot that beat the wall and curled beautifully into the bottom left hand corner of the net. It was an unstoppable strike. 1-1
The two teams then exchanged a series of half chances with neither really looking like scoring. Liam King had a shot that went narrowly wide before a Gloucester half volley was well saved by the impressive Nicklin. Ferriby then had a fantastic chance to seal all three points. The ball fell to Jarman in the box but he could only shoot over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
The last 5 minutes of the game became very scrappy with the referee seeming to be on the verge of losing control of the game. Ferriby won a free kick but before the kick was taken the Gloucester free kick was sent off for use of the elbow, ironically this occurred seconds after he had been named man of the match by the home side. Ferriby were not given a penalty because the ball was not in play. This was the final major incident of the game and neither team could find a winner. FT 1-1
This was another below par performance by the villagers who would have hoped to have gained all three points from this fixture. Telford took advantage of Ferriby dropping points to go top of the table. Ferriby will hope that they can get their season back on track at home to Vauxhall Motors in their next league fixture.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Jamie Yates
Match Report By Sam Shepherd