Ferriby went into their latest home game on the back of a good away win at Brackley so they will have been confident of victory over mid table Gloucester City. The table is starting to take shape and now is the time to put a run of wins together. Gloucester started brightly and began attacking from the first whistle. Ferriby’s impressive defence managed to stop them early on and this allowed Ferriby to take the lead against the run of play. Curtis Bateson was released down the wing and as he has done so often already this season he beat his defender and stormed into the box before laying the ball back on a plate to Tom Denton who smashed it home.
This early goal sparked Ferriby into life and they doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Another good move was constructed by the Ferriby midfield and this resulted in Ryan Kendall having a shot well saved but Danny Clarke was on hand to drive the rebound into the empty net, 2-0 to the Villagers after just 13 minutes. Gloucester heads could have gone down at this point but credit to them they kept going and almost got a goal back soon after. They were through on goal but a brilliant last ditch tackle denied them. Adam Nicklin scrambled to retrieve the ball and he was fouled by the oncoming Gloucester attacker who put the ball in the net but the foul was given.
Ryan Kendall almost scored a spectacular goal similar to the one Christian Benteke would score later in the day at Old Trafford. Danny Clarke sent in a cross and Kendall volleyed it acrobatically towards goal but he was denied by a brilliant fingertip save. Curtis Bateson then missed a great chance soon after when Ryan Kendall left a cross and it fell to Bateson at the back post but he could only scoop his shot over the bar.
Ferriby dominated the second half and their dominance was aided by a red card to Gloucester’s Sam Avery. A ball over the top was being chased by Kendall, Avery was the last man and he handled it on the edge of the area but It was a harsh call to give him a straight red as the goalkeeper would probably have got to the ball before Kendall.
Two nil up and with a man advantage Ferriby were in cruise control and it was only a matter of time before they scored again. Curtis Bateson played a brilliant through ball to Kendall and he sprinted into the box and dinked the ball exquisitely over the goalkeeper and into the net to give Ferriby a 3-0 lead. It was a brilliant goal by Kendo who seems to have got his confidence back in front of goal.
Gloucester had another goal disallowed late on for offside but other than this Nicklin was rarely troubled and only had to make one very good save in the match. Danny Emerton again provided a spark when he came on and his pace nearly created two more goals for Kendall but he was denied by the goalkeeper and the side netting.
FT North Ferriby United 3-0 Gloucester City
So Ferriby are now 8 unbeaten and have won back to back games for the first time this season. They now sit just one point off the playoffs going into back to back away games at Harrogate Town and AFC Telford. The defence is looking very solid despite the absence of Danny Hone with Ash Palmer looking like a fantastic signing. The attack is now starting to click and hopefully Ferriby can keep this unbeaten run going and keep pushing towards the playoffs.