Following last week’s 4-0 defeat at home to Dagenham it was imperative for Ferriby to pick themselves up and go again this week for a tough away game at Wrexham. It wasn’t going to be easy especially as Levi Sutton was suddenly recalled to Scunthorpe after having a good run in the Ferriby midfield. Stand in Captain Ben Middleton was also missing so Ferriby really were down to the bare bones. Matty Templeton has been brought in from Barnsley but as he only met the players yesterday Housham chose to start him from the bench.
It was a pretty even start to the game with Ferriby looking dangerous early on as Curtis Bateson was causing the defenders problems every time he had the ball. At the other end Rory Watson was on hand to make a couple of comfortable saves from shots from distance. The first real incident of note came after 22 minutes when Mark Gray was perhaps a little lucky to stay on the pitch. He lunged in to a tackle and missed the ball. It was a hard challenge and mistimed but the referee was lenient and only booked him.
Wrexham scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute. Paul Rutherford squared the ball to Izale McLeod who hit a stunning shot first time into the top corner from the edge of the box. Watson was a spectator as it clipped the bar and hit the back of the net. It was a truly excellent strike from the football league journeyman making his home debut for Wrexham.
This was a blow for Ferriby as they had been acquitting themselves well in the game but this seemed to knock the stuffing out of them temporarily. The home side dominated the 15 minute period between the goal and half time. Just 2 minutes after the goal Watson was on hand to make a diving save from John Rooney. The home side had a couple more chances before the interval but thankfully they couldn’t find a second goal.
HT Wrexham 1-0 North Ferriby United
The second half performance from Ferriby was excellent. They have had more adversity then you would wish on your footballing nemesis this season but they keep coming back fighting and that all stems from Steve Housham. He clearly fired his players up at half time because they took the game to Wrexham in the second half. They began to win second balls in midfield with Danny Emerton making himself a nuisance picking up second balls and Connor Oliver spraying some excellent passes around. They just lacked a clinical edge up front, that is no criticism of Reece Thompson who had a good game but he needs help.
Curtis Bateson looked dangerous all game and created a few crossing opportunities by beating defenders and getting to the by line but no one could get on the end of them. Despite the good build up play and domination of the ball in the second half Ferriby failed to test the goalkeeper and that cost them.
Wrexham created some chances on the counter attack but Rory Watson was having one of those games. David De Gea would have struggled to save McLeod’s goal but other than that Watson was faultless. He made himself big to save a one on one with Ntumba Massanka but his best moment was yet to come. A shot from just inside the area was hit with pace and curling into the top corner. Watson wouldn’t have had the best view as he had a few players in his way but that didn’t stop him diving to his right and tipping the ball onto the post. Without exaggerating it was one of the best saves I have ever seen.
Wrexham managed to hold on despite new boy Matty Templeton coming on and looking lively. Ferriby just couldn’t create enough clear cut chances and that meant they came away from Wales with nothing.
FT Wrexham 1-0 North Ferriby United
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