Yesterday saw Ferriby do the double over a team in the National league for the first time as they recorded their second 1-0 win over Gateshead in the space of 3 months. It was nail biting at times and they rode their luck but the sheer spirit and tenacity of Steve Housham’s side got them over the line. It was a real team effort but as always we have picked out 3 players who really stood out.
What a performance from the big centre half. He was everywhere making some excellent last ditch tackles and heading every ball that came into the penalty area. Gateshead were a big physical side and Gray dealt with them magnificently all game. They naturally looked a threat from corners and set pieces but Gray was constantly on hand to avert the danger. Like several players in this years squad Gray has had to wait a while to get a consistent run in the Ferriby starting eleven but he and his fellow defensive partners Middleton, Hare, Topliss and Brogan are forming a solid unit that is tough to break down. Ferriby have looked very good at home recently and the sturdy back 5 is a large contributing factor in that. Yesterday Gray was the pick of the bunch because if he had allowed himself to be bullied by the Gateshead strike force the Villagers may not have won. Long may these solid defensive performances continue.
“Toppo” is one of several young players in the squad that is improving all the time as he gains experience at this level. He looks more assured at the back with every game he plays and yesterday he was excellent. He barely put a foot wrong at the back but it was his attacking play in the right wing back role that was most impressive. He put several dangerous crosses into the box that could have resulted in goals and his pace was difficult for the Gateshead defence to deal with. He was full fo energy especially in the second half when Gateshead were in the ascendancy as he bombed up and down the wing to defend and counter attack. He almost topped his performance off with his second goal in the last two home games but he was denied by a good save from the opposition goalkeeper. Hopefully his progression continues as he is now a vital cog in the Ferriby team.
This is not the first time that Ryan Fallowfield has featured in “Who stood out?” and it probably won’t be the last. His consistent performances in the engine room are making him a favourite with the Ferriby fans who just want to see effort and energy from their team and Fallowfield epitomises those qualities. He was all over the pitch especially in the first half as him and Ross Armstrong broke up play in midfield and distributed the ball forward quickly to get Ferriby on the front foot. In the second half his role changed as Ferriby were forced to defend and he put a real shift in. He was able to defend in his own box before starting counter attacks that could have resulted in a second Ferriby goal. Unfortunately for Ryan he had to be stretchered off in stoppage time with a groin injury and we at Following Ferriby speak on behalf of the Ferriby Faithful in wishing him a speedy recovery because we need him in the team!
A mention also has to go to Reece Thompson who doesn’t make the top 3 this week but he scored the winning goal for the second time this season against Gateshead. He timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Hare’s cross and didn’t panic when tapping the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. That deft touch in front of goal is just what we need so keep it up Reece!
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