It was a Bank holiday weekend defined by missed opportunities for Ferriby. The draws at Bradford Park Avenue and at home to Lowestoft couldn’t have been any more different but the fact is The Villagers have 2 points from this weekend when they should have had 6. I always enjoy the bank holiday fixtures, two games in three days is great for us fans but I bet it’s a nightmare for the players. This showed because Saturday’s game was full of energy and goals and the reverse game on Monday lacked any real spark.
As we travelled to Bradford on Saturday my mate predicted a 0-0 draw. That certainly earned him some stick at half time after we had witnessed a pulsating half of football that produced 6 goals, 4 of which were scored by Ferriby. Neither team seemed able to defend adequately with Chib Chilaka and Curtis Bateson having a field day for their respective sides. We also saw something as rare as a Hull KR point in a Challenge Cup Final, a goal from Tom Denton that wasn’t a header! Now we all know “Dents” prefers to use his head to score his goals and his right footed finish showed why. He received the ball in the centre of the box his shot hit one post and rolled along the line before hitting the other post and trickling over the line, not an emphatic finish but they all count!
At half time we were subjected to an unprovoked rant from a BPA fan slating our style of football and accusing us of being bankrolled whilst waving a £5 note at us to add to our kitty. Where have we heard those insults before….Yawn. I reckon the fiver was later spent in the bar to add to the copious amounts of ale he must have already consumed. Billy Heath made a substitution at half time replacing Ryan Kendall with former BPA captain Nathan Hotte. It’s fair to say this wasn’t a great decision as Hotte was sent off soon after for a crunching challenge on Chilaka. Going down to ten men caused Ferriby to sit back and invite pressure. BPA punished them with a peach of a goal that found the top corner from 20 yards before Chilaka completed his hat trick to earn the home side a point. After coming from 2-1 down to lead 2-4 it was a bit gutting not to come away with three points but I was soon cheered up when I heard Hull KR had lost 50-0 at Wembley! (for those of you that don’t know I am also a huge Hull FC fan)
So after one day of rest we were back at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday to host Lowestoft Town. Thankfully as kick off approached the torrential rain of the morning finally eased. The teams entered the pitch and we observed a minutes silence for Tony Sutton who passed away recently. Tony was involved in one way or another with Ferriby for over 50 years including playing in goal for the club and being Chairman. He was very welcoming to me when I first started supporting Ferriby and he will be missed by all at the club, RIP Tony
Ferriby had the better of the first half but couldn’t produce a goal much to the frustration of the home crowd. In all fairness the Lowestoft goalkeeper produced some excellent saves to keep Ferriby at bay. The Villagers couldn’t really get going in the second half but they still produced a couple of chances that could and maybe should have produced a goal. It was the visitors however that had the best chance of the match and it was only a world class and I mean world class save from Adam Nicklin that denied them. Danny Emerton produced a spark when he came on but it was too little too late and the game petered out to a 0-0 draw. As was the case 48 hours earlier Ferriby were ruing missed chances that could have given them three points. Looking on the bright side we are unbeaten since the opening day of the season but it would be nice to turn a few of these draws into wins.
I need to take time here to credit the travelling supporters from Lowestoft. They are a credit to their club and to non league in general. They are unbelievably friendly and create a bubbly atmosphere in the clubhouse before and after the game. I was informed by one Lowestoft fan that they had set of at 8am to get to Ferriby and we are one of their closest away games. The amount of travelling they do to support their team is exceptional and should be commended. I look forward to meeting up with our friends from East Anglia when we travel there at Easter next year. They may just have got home as I finish writing this at 10.30pm!
Next up is Brackley away, one of our longest away trips. Hopefully we can maintain our unbeaten run but maybe three points instead of one this time lads?
Up the Villagers!