11 games without a win, decimated by injuries and rocked by the news the captain had left the club you may have been forgiven for thinking the Ferriby players would have been feeling sorry for themselves. The performance they gave yesterday however gave totally the opposite impression. The Villagers squad had an average age of approximately 25 and the young team played with a huge amount of energy and desire from the start. The youngsters had a point to prove and they showed everyone they still mean business this season as they registered their first win since mid-September.
Ferriby dominated the first half as they controlled the midfield area and played the ball forward quickly and with conviction. They opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when Rory Watson played a free kick long up field and Sam Topliss exploited some horrific attempts at marking by jumping unmarked to send a looping header over the goalkeeper and into the net. This was just the start Ferriby needed and it gave them the confidence to play some attractive football throughout the opening half.
Reece Thompson gave the centre halves a torrid time from the start as he was supplied with clever through balls from Armstrong and Fallowfield in the middle of the park. He saw a couple of his shots blocked or saved and this led to a succession of corners which couldn’t be capitalised on. Kyle Wooton missed a glorious chance to double the lead when he was played in one on one with the goalkeeper but the dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Sutton were reduced to a couple of pot shots from range and Rory Watson barely had anything to do in the opening 45 minutes.
HT North Ferriby United 1-0 Sutton United
Ferriby doubled their lead almost immediately after the break. In the 46th minute Reece Thompson dispossessed Jamie Collins close to the by line on the right hand side. He cut inside him and into the box before curling the ball around the keeper and into the net to spark passionate celebrations from the Ferriby team who were clearly desperate for the win.
The game then became very even with both sides creating half chances, Wooton and Brogan both saw efforts saved whilst Watson was on hand to deny Deacon and Amankwaah for the visitors. Sutton thought they had pulled a goal back soon after this but the referee had already blown for a free kick so despite much protesting from the away team it didn’t count.
Sutton did however grab a lifeline in the 75th minute. Maxine Biamou was found by a teammate and he managed to get in behind the defence before firing past Watson who was attempting to narrow the shooting angle. This gave Sutton impetus for the last 15 minutes and Ferriby lived dangerously. Sutton had several chances near the end but Ferriby remained resolute and kept them out. The delight on the players faces at the final whistle was a joy to see. It’s clear it meant a lot to a young squad that have had their confidence severely dented in the last couple of months. They have had no luck recently but they had it when they needed it yesterday to get the 3 points.
FT North Ferriby United 2-1 Sutton United
Following Ferriby Man of the Match: Ross Armstrong
Official Man of the Match: Ross Armstrong