Match Report North Ferriby United 2-2 Gloucester City

After starting the season perfectly with two wins and two clean sheets Ferriby looked to continue their perfect start to the season with a win over Gloucester City. This was Gloucester’s second ever visit to the Eon Visual Media stadium after being Ferriby’s first opponents in the Conference North last season.
Unlike in the first two games of the season Ferriby started the match slowly and this seemed to set the tone for the rest of the match. Adam Nicklin had to be alert to make a couple of early saves and Gloucester had successive corners that fortunately for Ferriby all came to nothing.
Ferriby began to play their way into the game and had the first real chance when a cross at the far post was met By Tom Denton but his header looped upwards with no real force. The ball eventually dropped onto the top of the crossbar and away. Ferriby took the lead in the 19th minute and this was largely against the run of play. A shot by Danny Emerton was saved by the Gloucester keeper, the ball then fell to Jarman whose shot took a huge deflection that deceived the keeper and the ball bobbled into the back of the net. 1-0
This did little to deter the visitors who regained the parity in the match almost immediately. They won a free kick that was swung into the box by Billy Jones. The Ferriby defence went to sleep and Mark Preece was able to arrive unmarked at the back post and head the ball past Nicklin to equalise. 1-1
Chances were at a premium in a match that was being heavily influenced by the wind. Ferriby seemed to be badly affected by the weather conditions because they couldn’t play in their usual style. Denton was their main outlet up front but the wind made it difficult to provide him with accurate service. Gloucester took advantage of an out of sorts Ferriby and scored their second goal in the 33rd minute. A defensive lapse by Ferriby led to Adam Mann latching onto a through ball and heading the ball past Nicklin after his initial shot was saved. 1-2
Ferriby could have equalised before half time when Matt Wilson met a free kick at the back post but was unable to get his shot on target.
HT 1-2
The second half had even less fluent football than the first and neither team looked like scoring until Ferriby equalised in controversial circumstances. Jarman battled his way to the by line where he attempted to cross the ball to Denton. The cross clearly went out of the pitch and came back in again on the wind. Consequently the Gloucester keeper stopped but Denton played to the whistle and headed the ball into the net. The assistant referee’s flag stayed down and the goal was given despite furious protests from the Gloucester players. 2-2
Ferriby had a chance to win the game late on when the ball almost fell to Denton in the box. He was unable to get a touch and this would be the final chance for either side to grab all three points. The match ended on a sour note for Ferriby when sub Adam Bolder was given a straight red card for a high challenge on Adam Connolly. This seemed like a harsh decision but Gloucester will have felt hard done to for Ferriby’s equaliser so this probably evened the decisions out for both teams.
FT 2-2
This was a lacklustre performance by Ferriby but it shows the sign of a good team that they managed to claw back a point from the match, albeit controversially, when they were far from their best.
Man of the match (Ferriby): Nathan Jarman
Match Report by Sam Shepherd


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