After winning their 4th away game in the last 6 at Guiseley last week the gap between Ferriby and safety was 4 points. That looked manageable going into the next three teams against lower ranked teams. Then midweek happened. All Ferriby’s rivals played and all of them won except York who drew. This left Ferriby 7 points adrift of yesterday’s opponents Woking who occupied the holy grail of 20th place. After the positive result at Guiseley this was a kick in the teeth and it looked like mission impossible again for Steve Housham’s side. One thing was certain Ferriby simply had to win yesterday.
As they have done a few times this season Ferriby flew out of the blocks. They took the lead after just 7 minutes when Jake Skelton glanced a header into the far corner from a Taron Hare cross. The second goal in as many games for the centre back who is enjoying a great spell of form at a vital part of the season.
Ferriby continued to dominate the first half and thought they had scored again soon after when Curtis Bateson turned the ball into the net but he looked behind him to see the offside flag being raised by the linesman. Reece Thompson then won a free kick on the left hand side of the box but Danny Emerton couldn’t get the dip required on the ball to get his shot on target.
Woking controversially equalised midway through the first half. It was quite confusing from our vantage point at the time but Steve Housham explained afterwards that he felt very aggrieved that the goal had been given. A Ferriby player was down with a head injury after an alleged elbow and the referee eventually stopped play. Several Ferriby players were checking on their teammate but the referee blew his whistle and Woking played on giving Ghigozie Ugwu a chance to equalise which he duly took much to the frustration of the Ferriby players and management. Their great first half performance had been undone by a contentious decision.
HT North Ferriby United 1-1 Woking
To their credit Ferriby didn’t seem disheartened by what had happened late in the first half and they continued to play well throughout the second half. The game was more even but Ferriby continued to have the best of the chances. The first major chance fell to Ferriby and they took it in style. Reece Thompson played an intricate one-two with Robbie Tinkler and as Thompson got the ball back from Tinkler in the box he curled a shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom right hand corner of the net. It was a brilliant finish which epitomised Thompson’s performance yesterday.
The Villagers almost had a third soon after when Robbie Tinkler hit a volley sweet as a nut from 20 yards but it was met by a brilliant save from the Woking goalkeeper. Woking tried to find a second equaliser but they never looked overly threatening. There were a couple of scary moments in the last ten minutes when the ball was bouncing around in the Ferriby area but Ferriby never looked like losing and could have even increased the lead late on. Sam Cosgrove was through on goal but he decided to pass to Ryan Kendall rather than shooting himself but Kendall was offside. Ferriby held on for back to back wins when they really needed them.
FT North Ferriby United 2-1 Woking
After 2 vital wins Ferriby have got the gap back down to 4 points again and some fans are already making jokes about the Great Escape theme tune. It’s no joke to the players and especially Steve Housham who has got his team fired up and battling in every game believing that they can achieve the impossible and stay up. They travel to Bromley next week looking for another important 3 points.
Following Ferriby Man of the Match: Reece Thompson