Ferriby won their first game in 12 attempts yesterday and the young squad all deserve plaudits for what was for long spells an excellent performance. Here we look at three players who really stood out in the victory.
With the departure of Danny Clarke this week along with injuries to Simon Russell and Connor Oliver the mantle was thrown to Ross Armstrong to step in and fill the midfield void, he did it with aplomb. In the first half it looked like Armstrong and Fallowfield had played as a midfield partnership for several months. Armstrong was pacey and kept the ball very well as him and Fallowfield controlled the midfield area throughout most of the match. When the going got tough near the end and Sutton were peppering the Ferriby box Armstrong was tireless in defence and tried to launch counter attacks. It was a great box to box midfielders’ performance. Armstrong has found himself having limited chances to impress at Ferriby but he certainly did yesterday.
Who stood out? has featured Reece Thompson on more than one occasion already this season and with good reason. He makes it into the top 3 again this week after another top performance. His pace seems to terrify defenders and that was evident again yesterday. He linked up well with Fallowfield, Emerton and Brogan on several occasions and this led to chances. He got the goal his performance deserved when he disposed a Sutton defender before cutting inside him and slotting the ball past the keeper with ease. His passionate celebration showed what it meant to him and he is quickly becoming a fans favourite.
Ben Middleton is another player who had found his chances limited to a certain extent last season before being thrust into the firing line this season. He has been coping admirably well in an unfamiliar centre back position and the whole defensive unit have been steadily improving over the lad few weeks. Yesterday Middleton was excellent. He was commanding in the air in both attack and defence as he made several headed clearances towards the end and should have scored in the first half when he headed wide from a corner. Middleton and Gray kept the Sutton strikers quiet for large spells of the game and they didn’t panic when Sutton began to dominate near the end. Middelton also made several good challenges in and around the area that could have resulted in free kicks or even penalties if he had got them wrong but he seldom did. He is becoming one of Ferriby’s most consistent performers at the back and long may it continue.