Let’s face it who doesn’t love the first day of the new season. The excitement, the nerves and the expectation all rolled into one make the opening game of the season a highlight of the year with football fans. Ferriby were handed a tough looking opening fixture away at the once mighty Stockport County. Aside from big spending Barrow it could be argued that Stockport were among the favourites to win promotion this season so this was going to be a tough opening encounter for the villagers.
Ferriby started the match brightly and had the first half chance of the game after just 6 minutes. A long ball was hit towards Tom Denton who chested the ball down to Liam King. King hit a shot first time but it flew high over the bar. Ferriby continued to press and won several corners through good work from Danny Emerton and Dan Clayton. Unfortunately the successive corners did not develop into goal scoring-chances.
The impressive Jonathan d’laryea was pulling the strings for Ferriby in midfield. He almost set up a chance for Ferriby when he initiated a counter attack by finding Clayton on the left wing. Unfortunately Claytons cross was easy for the Stockport keeper to pluck out of the air. The Ferriby defence had been untested for the first half an hour of the match but Dean Lisles had to be aware when Woolfe almost burst through on goal for Stockport. Lisles was the last man and timed his tackle to perfection to deny Woolfe.
Ferriby continued to look for the opening goal and almost got it when Gregg Anderson met a cross from a corner but headed the ball over the bar when he could easily have scored. The final chance of the half fell to Ferriby when Tom Denton won a free kick. Nathan Jarman stepped up and curled the free kick wide.
Ferriby almost took the lead just seconds into the second half. Danny Emerton received the ball from the kick off and burst down the right hand side before sending in a cross that Nathan Jarman met with a diving header that was tipped wide by the Stockport keeper. Ferriby took the lead a couple of minutes later. Ferriby won a free kick on the left. The cross from the free kick was flapped at by the keeper and the ball fell to Matt Wilson who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net. It was a great finish from the captain. 0-1
Ferriby almost doubled their lead seconds later. Nathan Jarman received the ball 25 yards out. The passed the ball around the corner to Emerton to send him through on goal. Emerton appeared to be caught in two minds and eventually tried to curl the ball around the goalkeeper but he put too much curl on the shot and it skipped wide.
Stockport grew into the game after this and pushed for an equaliser. The ball fell to a Stockport midfielder in the box but his shot flew high over the bar. Stockport then won a corner and had their best chance of the match when the cross found a blue shirt at the back post but the Stockport man could only head over the bar much to the dismay of the home crowd.
Adam Nicklin had had little to do all game but when he was called into action late on he saved the day for the villagers. He dived acrobatically to his right to tip a top corner bound shot over the bar. It was a top class save and this helped seal the three points. Both teams were reduced to half chances after this with neither team looking like scoring. Nathan Jarman had a header that went narrowly wide and a Stockport free kick fizzed through the box and went wide but other than this no more clear cut chances were created and Ferriby hung on for a perfect result on the opening day of the season.
This was by no means a fantastic performance by Ferriby but they got one great chance and took it and that was enough to get them the three points. The main positive from the game was the defence which was rock solid throughout the match. The defence was marshalled well by the captain Matt Wilson who also scored the winning goal.
Man of the Match (Ferriby): Matty Wilson
Match Report By Sam Shepherd
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